Call for traffic calming after crash in Banbury street

Cromwell Road crash NNL-151020-105516001
Cromwell Road crash NNL-151020-105516001

Calls have gone out for traffic calming measures to be installed on a Banbury estate road following a crash in which a car lost a wheel and smashed into a tree.

Fire chiefs described the two occupants of the car - which left the road in Cromwell Road at 8.30pm on Friday - as ‘very lucky’ to have escaped serious injury.

Cromwell Road residents have called for ‘sleeping policemen’ to be laid before someone is killed.

Andrew Scott said: “We urge drivers to stop speeding over the 20mph limit. This road has a lot of children going up and down as pedestrians. Fortunately due to the time of the incident the children were safe in their homes otherwise someone could have been badly hurt or killed. We urge the council to install speed restrictions.”

Ruscote district councillor Mark Cherry has passed details and the call for traffic calming to county councillor John Christie, who is to take the issue up with Oxfordshire County Council.

“I’ve raised this with the police who are responsible for excess speed prevention, and I’ve reported it to Cllr Christie. Risk assessments will have to be done but the county is facing its own financial restrictions. Let’s hope it doesn’t take a fatality before they will take this forward.”

The crash involved two cars. One driver was attended by paramedics.

Mark O’Connor of Banbury Fire Service said: The occupants were very lucky as the impact was fairly heavy, with one of the vehicles in a very precarious position having lost a wheel and hit a tree. This is a reminder of the importance of driving with extra caution in built-up areas as the nights are drawing in.”