Banburyshire road named in top ten of most country’s dangerous

A cyclist has died after being hit by a vehicle along the A421.
A cyclist has died after being hit by a vehicle along the A421.

The A361 between Chipping Norton and Banbury has been named in the top ten of the most persistently dangerous rural A roads in the country, a report reveals.

Details of the risks drivers take on the country’s roads show that the stretch of road between the two north Oxfordshire towns have increased in the past five years.

The A361 is the eighth most dangerous single-carriageway A road in the Road Safety Foundation report’s statistics which show 16 fatal or serious injury accidents between 2008-2010, rising to 24 fatal or serious injury accidents between 2011-13.

Hot spots for motorists are the notorious Wykham Lane junction between Banbury and Bloxham and the narrow, winding village of South Newington where villagers have created their own website dedicated to ending the plague of HGV lorries thundering through their community.

Single carriageways in the South East are the worst performing in the country and are nearly twice as risky as those in the West Midlands.

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