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Dangerous concrete blocks encroaching onto carriageway

Reported via desktop in the Bridges category by Dr Rodney Hobbs at 15:39, Wednesday 3 January 2024 using FixMyStreet Pro

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council 1 minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 5388305.

The unsightly width restriction barriers at the road bridge over the River Swere, Barford St Michael and a constant source of danger to vehicles. 1 ton concrete blocks regularly protrude beyond the collapsing plastic barriers and into the carriageway. Because they are low down they are not visible to vehicles as they approach. The barriers at the suuthern restriction are particularly bad as evidenced by the chipped edges and scrapes along the sides. In bad weather conditions and at night the danger is even greater. OCC Highways are well aware of these problems but choose to ignore the issue and fail to honour promises made to keep the the Parish Council updated on progress and plans to repair the bridge. In addition the elevated pavement to the north of the bridge is seriously undermined with the associated risk of collapse. This alsoc has been reported previously

Council ref: ENQ24985883

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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 15:39, Wednesday 3 January 2024

  • Still no action has been taken. The whole area is a mess and cars are still being damaged by the concrete blocks encroaching into the carriageway. The lack of lighting exacerbates the problem. Larger vehicles that are officialy prohibited are regularly crossing the bridge.

    In short it is a total shambles and no action is being taken.

    Now local villagers are threatening to remove the battered bits of plastic barriers that still remain (some scattered in the verge) and pile them in the middle of the road.

    Posted by Dr Rodney Hobbs at 13:57, Monday 12 February 2024

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