No safety plans for death-crash junction

Accident blackspot at the junction of A361 and Wykham Lane

Accident blackspot at the junction of A361 and Wykham Lane

Oxfordshire County Council has said it has no current plans to install further traffic calming measures at the notorious A361 Wykham Lane junction following a fatal crash at the site last week.

Following the tragic death of Keith Anderson, from Deddington, in a three-vehicle collision last Thursday (November 21), the Banbury Guardian has been inundated with messages calling for the installation of traffic lights or a roundabout at the accident blackspot.

But county council spokesman Owen Morton said: “There is currently a police investigation into this tragic accident and until that investigation has concluded it would be unwise to speculate on its cause or draw specific conclusions about road safety at this location.

“There are no current plans for additional safety measures at the junction, but the council will continue to monitor the situation.”

Resident Sue Woodward expressed anger at the lack of action, saying: “I have rung the council before when there has been an accident to be told there haven’t been enough accidents there, but the Highways Department said it depended on the amount of police reports on that stretch of road and it depends on cost. Surely something should be done now someone’s died.”

Another resident posted on the Banbury Guardian’s Facebook page saying: “This week when I was travelling home, yet again a car pulled across in front of me. Because I travel this road every day, I always slow down and almost wait for it to happen. How many accidents have there been where the police haven’t been called?”

Joanne Bonner commented: “I think traffic lights would be the answer, but perhaps only used at peak times as it does get very busy round there and perhaps that’s when people take risks.” Responding to the comments Mr Morton said: “The council receives many sincere and well supported requests each year for road safety schemes at locations right across the county.

“In an ideal world we would be in a position to take forward many more projects, but like all highways authorities we are operating in an environment of increasingly limited resources and have to ensure available funding is targeted where there is the absolute greatest need.”




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