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Dangerous pedestrian crossing over A40

Reported in the Roads/highways category anonymously at 19:03, Thursday 24 October 2019 using FixMyStreet Pro

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council 2 minutes later. Council ref: 1818387.

The crossing over the A40 to the new housing development at Barton Fields is currently extremely dangerous. The cars fly by often at speeds in excess of 80mph and even just pressing the button on the crossing feels life threatening. Several times I have seen children run towards the crossing and have to be grabbed by their parents to ensure they do not go into the road and get hit by a vehicle.

I understand that originally there were plans to build a cycle/footbridge there. Please could you apply some pressure to ensure this or an underpass is built. The current setup is really unacceptable particularly since so many more homes will be build there. Almost all the other crossings of the ring-road have either a bridge or an underpass.

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  • Thank you for your enquiry. This issue has been passed onto the relevant team for investigation.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 19:05, Thursday 24 October 2019

  • Regarding the routine speeding, here it is in the news: news/ 17718953.child-will-die-ring-road-unless-act---danny-dorling/

    Driver behaviour needs moderating through use of speed limits and camera enforcement.

    Safer pedestrian infrastructure such as a footbridge or an underpass is necessary too.

    Posted anonymously at 16:33, Thursday 14 November 2019

  • Whilst not in the precise location, the county council did argue strongly for a pedestrian and cycling bridge of the A40 at Stoke Place when Barton Park was originally proposed as part of the Oxford Core Strategy and then again during the subsequent Area Action Plan process. It was clear that this wouldn’t be a simple matter but we insisted that it was investigated thoroughly by the developer.

    In the end, these investigations concluded that the ramp of the bridge on the Barton Park side would need to be very long due to the topography in the area and that this would make the facility less attractive than was envisaged. These landscape challenges and the not insignificant work that would have been needed to Stoke Place would also have made the crossing a very expensive piece of infrastructure. Whilst the possibility of reinstating a walking and cycling right of way across the A40 at Stoke Place was included in the final version of the Barton Area Action Plan, it was not an absolute requirement and the developer did not ultimately include the scheme in its detailed submission for development of the site. In granting outline planning permission for the whole Barton Park development, the city council took the view that the development was not unacceptable without the Stoke Place crossing.

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 11:12, Thursday 21 November 2019

  • Thank you for the information. This does not resolve the fact that the current crossing is still extremely dangerous. As the other poster suggested, an alternative would be to install a series of speed cameras and lower the speed limit around the crossing to 40mph. Could you please ensure this at least is done? If not, I'm sure there'll be a pedestrian death soon.

    Posted anonymously at 12:05, Thursday 21 November 2019

  • All traffic lights are out - vehicle and pedestrian lights. It’s very dangerous since the turning into the baron fields estate is nearly impossible, es specially with vehicles speeding heavily down the ring road - accident waiting to happen!

    Posted anonymously at 10:19, Monday

  • This is an incredibly dangerous crossing - as other posts have mentioned here cars (and lorries) fly by at well over 50mph. The limit should be lowered to 40 and speed cameras need to be set up. An accident waiting to happen. Currently the pedestrian lights are not working at all. Amazing that cones have been put out for cars yet no provision for pedestrians. Without a car and without the promised bus route, residents are completely cut off from the rest of oxford. It’s an accident waiting to happen.

    Posted anonymously at 19:17, Monday

  • The traffic lights may have been knocked out by a scheduled power outage for the new estate today. I don't know if it's still happening.

    I have reported it separately ( report/ 1871972) so it can be monitored separately. The power outage is more urgent, but might be fixed quicker.

    Everything that's been spoken about the speeding here is completely true. It's an endemic ongoing problem, and it's going to kill or maim someone if left unaddressed.

    Posted anonymously at 20:22, Monday

  • Thank you for your report. It is now closed. Any additional comments or new enquiries need to be added to a new fix my street report.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 11:12, Wednesday

  • Thank you for your report. It is now closed. Any additional comments or new enquiries need to be added to a new fix my street report.

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 08:09, Thursday

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