Fear that works may leave estate 'feeling like an island'

Oxfordshire County Council

Oxfordshire County Council

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter, also covering Barton and Wood Farm. Call me on (01865) 425427

PEOPLE on an Oxford estate already hit by a one-way access system fear new roadworks will leave them stranded.

Works at the crossing on the eastern bypass at Kiln Lane, Risinghurst, are due to start later this month.

Throughout the Oxfordshire County Council works, drivers will not be able to turn right out of the estate on to the eastern bypass and pedestrians will not be able to use the crossing on the bypass.

Motorists will also not be able to turn right into the estate from the bypass.

It comes after the right-hand turn from the estate to the A40 was permanently closed last year, despite protests from estate residents.

Chairwoman of Risinghurst and Sandhills Parish Council, Barbara Naylor, said the estate would feel even more shut off and the works would cause major traffic problems.

She said: “It is going to be horrendous. It is going to be very difficult for everybody.

“You feel a bit like an island.

“It is going to make the traffic situation even worse than it is. It takes ages to get out of that junction at the best of times.”

And she added: “Risinghurst will be the main one hit. It is the people living here wanting to go out. It is going to be very inconvenient for three weeks.

“I am sure there will be some quite cross residents up here. It seems a bit drastic.”

The traffic order issued by the council says the works – due to start on Tuesday, May 27 – are for “new signal poles and toucan crossing aspects”.

But they will mean the only way out of the estate will be a left-hand turn onto the eastern bypass or a left-hand turn on to the A40.

Glynis Phillips, county council member for Barton, Sandhills and Risinghurst, said she first heard about the traffic order on Monday.

Related links

She said: “I was horrified. I got the traffic order and just could not believe the scale of disruption.

“I have sent an email straight off to officers for more information. How long has this been planned for and how have they got the funding when there is not the money for a crossing at the A40?”

And she said it seemed the estate was being cut off, adding: “You start off with four exits and entrances and you take one away and then you take another away. The reasons for doing it are not clear – or if they are no-one has explained them to me.”

Council spokesman Martin Crabtree said the work would improve cycle links between Headington and Thornhill park and ride. He said it would cost about £40,000.

He said: “The work will take a maximum of three weeks and traffic and pedestrian management is being carefully considered to minimise any disruption to all road users.

“Vehicles will still be permitted to turn left into the estate(s) but they will be advised to use Headington roundabout and Horspath Driftway signals as appropriate. Any local diversions will be clearly signed.”

Our top stories:

Labour holds Blackbird Leys and Northfield Brook wards and Leys division in by-elections

Oxford Mail: Oxfordshire County Council member for Northfield Brook Steve Curran

11:58pm Thursday 27th November 2014

LABOUR has tonight comfortably held three council seats in by-elections in Oxford.

Two people held tonight in sex trafficking investigation

Oxford Mail:

11:20pm Thursday 27th November 2014

TWO people have been arrested tonight on suspicion of arranging for people to be brought into Britain for the sex trade.

Oxford-born author PD James dies aged 94

Oxford Mail:

1:46pm Thursday 27th November 2014

PD James, the acclaimed author famous for her series of detective novels, has died aged 94.

Care home residents are going animal crackers

Oxford Mail:

5:40pm Thursday 27th November 2014

CARE home residents could hardly believe their eyes when their home was invaded by farmyard animals.

Emerald Isle’s Riverdance rolls in for twentieth anniversary gig

Oxford Mail:

5:40pm Thursday 27th November 2014

IRELAND’S famous Riverdance show is in Oxford to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

Police performance rated good on new website

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

5:30pm Thursday 27th November 2014

THAMES Valley Police has been rated “good” for effectiveness and efficiency on a new website the public can inspect.

Baby was ‘at home with dad when he stopped breathing’

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Thursday 27th November 2014

AN 11-week-old baby whose death police are treating as suspicious has been named as Jayden Saxton.

Woman must return £293K ‘inheritance’

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Thursday 27th November 2014

A FAMILY has been “torn apart” by a High Court battle over the inheritance of a grandmother’s Oxford estate.

What's in our interactive back page today?

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Have a look around our interactive back page today...

What is in our interactive front page for today

Oxford Mail:

11:10am Thursday 27th November 2014

Here's today's interactive front page for you to explore... what stories will grab your interest?

Man arrested after train manager attacked on Banbury train

Oxford Mail: British Transport police badge

10:44am Thursday 27th November 2014

A TRAIN manager was assaulted and passengers came to his aid on a train to Banbury.

Update: Pensioner killed in crash with Ford Focus on A4183 near Abingdon

Oxford Mail:

5:30pm Thursday 27th November 2014

A PENSIONER died last night after a crash in Abingdon.

Oxford United buoyed by Roberts news

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Wednesday 26th November 2014

MICKEY Lewis backed James Roberts to come back stronger than ever after Oxford United were boosted by the news the striker’s hamstring injury was not serious.

Comments (2)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

2:52pm Wed 14 May 14

xenarthra says...

What a fuss about nothing! Three weeks of having to travel an extra half mile at most, and then you'll have an upgrade pedestrian and cycle crossing for everyone to enjoy.
What a fuss about nothing! Three weeks of having to travel an extra half mile at most, and then you'll have an upgrade pedestrian and cycle crossing for everyone to enjoy. xenarthra
  • Score: 1

7:07pm Wed 14 May 14

King Joke says...

If you want to go north or west, exit onto the London Rd. If you want to go south, exit onto the Eastern Bypass. If you want to go east, exit onto the Eastern Bypass and then turn left onto the Horspath or Watlington roads. It isn't that difficult!
If you want to go north or west, exit onto the London Rd. If you want to go south, exit onto the Eastern Bypass. If you want to go east, exit onto the Eastern Bypass and then turn left onto the Horspath or Watlington roads. It isn't that difficult! King Joke
  • Score: 1

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree