Police letter to Sir Tony urges changes to junction

Accident blackspot at the junction of A361 and Wykham Lane

Accident blackspot at the junction of A361 and Wykham Lane

A letter has been sent to Banbury MP Sir Tony Baldry by a leading Thames Valley Police officer which makes recommendations to ‘stagger’ a dangerous junction on the A361.

The letter from deputy chief constable Francis Habgood is in response to concerns raised by Sir Tony following a fatal collision at the Wykham Lane junction between Bloxham and Banbury on November 21.

It said: “Our traffic management officer shares your concerns that some drivers appear to be miscalculating speed of approaching traffic despite plenty of signed warning in advance. Our report for this fatal collision will recommend that the county council should consider improving sign/lining maintenance and adding vehicle or speed activated signs.

“Longer term, an engineering solution involving complete ‘staggering’ of the cross road layout will also be recommended in this report.”

In the past five years there have been seven slight injury collisions near the junction and one serious collision. In three of these incidents, the cause has been turning manoeuvres into or out of the side roads.

Sir Tony said: “I have written to the chief executive of Oxfordshire County Council asking to give serious thought to staggering the junction. The new development being given planning permission around Salt Way will only increase traffic in that part of town.”




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