Residents raise road safety concerns over Longford Park estate

Councillor Mark Cherry on Bankside, Banbury
Councillor Mark Cherry on Bankside, Banbury

A Banbury councillor has been working with residents to make sure changes to traffic measures don’t compromise road safety.

Labour county councillor for Banbury Calthorpe, Mark Cherry, has been consulting with residents and working with Oxfordshire County Council officers to see proper measures are in place following a decision to remove four chicanes from Bankside to accommodate increased traffic as a result of the Longford Park development.

Mr Cherry said: “A new roundabout is being constructed at the Oxford Road flyover to provide access to Bankside for the 600 new homes in Longford Park.

“The chicanes have to go and of all the traffic calming options available I have suggested road cushions, which allow large vehicles and emergency vehicles free movement but slow down car users.”

Residents in the area seem keen to adopt the road cushion idea.

Sarah Allen of Badger Way said: “At the moment traffic backs up at the chicanes especially at around 3.30pm for the school run and it will be even worse with the Longford Park development.

“Road cushions are good because motorists don’t want to damage their cars and will slow down.”

The funding for the changes to the road safety measures will be incorporated into the costs of the Longford Park development

Mr Cherry said: “We are near an agreement to replace the four chicanes with road cushions and the full cost is expected to be met from Longford Park ‘Section 106’ money. Section 106 is a contractual agreement between the council and developers, which require the developers to provide a benefit to the community, like new roads or road improvement.”