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Speed cameras call to slow traffic at Green Road roundabout
A BARTON pensioner has called for cameras to stop drivers speeding across the Green Road roundabout.
Brian Ashford says more needs to be done to help motorists safely leave the estate from Bayswater Road.
The 71-year-old, of Waynflete Road, said most drivers were not aware of the 30mph limit on the A40 east of the roundabout and said cameras were needed to deter them from speeding and jumping red lights.
He said: “If you could stop the red light jumping, that would give us enough time. It would give us extra space to get out and get across safely.
“If it stops someone from getting killed or seriously hurt, it will be worth doing.”
It comes as Oxfordshire County Council is looking for Barton, Risinghurst, and Wood Farm residents’ views on a transport strategy for Headington.
The council has started looking into existing problems and possible challenges from the planned Barton West development of 885 homes.
Mr Ashford, a former worker at Morris Radiators in Woodstock Road, said: “We are going to have a lot more houses built on Barton and it’s chaos to get out of Barton now.”
Van Coulter, Oxford city council member for Barton and Sandhills, said Mr Ashford had a “valid” point about the speed cameras.
He said: “Trying to get out of Barton is quite difficult.
“If you get traffic coming from the right-hand side coming off the A40, it can really be quite scary.”
He urged residents to take part in the council consultation and said the Barton West development would create “added pressure”.
County council officers will be taking comments from residents at the Headington Farmers’ Market in Kennett Road on Friday between 8am and 1.30pm.
David Nimmo Smith, county council cabinet member for transport, said: “We know that people in Headington are keen to shape the future of transport.
“Once the consultation is closed, we’ll be looking carefully at what people have said to see how the feedback can inform the development of the strategy.”
To take part in the consultation, visit myconsultations.oxfordshire.gov.uk All comments should be made by Friday, September 27.