Labour County Councillor Mark Cherry has been consulting with residents and working with Oxfordshire County Council officers to ensure that safety won’t be compromised following a decision to remove four chicanes from Bankside to accommodate increased traffic as a result of the Longford Park development.
Labour Councillor Mark Cherry says, ‘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.
Sarah and Mick Allen, residents of Badger Way, think road cushions are a good idea. Mick Allen says, “ A couple of months ago there was an accident as a car approached a chicane too fast, and to avoid crashing into the car in front swerved off the road into a hedge. Luckily no one was hurt.”
Sarah Allen says, “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.”
Mark Cherry says, “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 ‘Section106’ 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 improvements.”