Fourth ‘burger’ junction for county in roundabouts plan

Jean Fooks at Wolvercote roundabout

Jean Fooks at Wolvercote roundabout

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A FOURTH ‘hamburger’ roundabout will be created in the county as part of changes to two North Oxford junctions revealed by transport officials.

The £9m plans for Wolvercote and Cutteslowe roundabouts have been put forward by Oxfordshire County Council, clearing the way for the Northern Gateway business park scheme.

Cutteslowe roundabout is set to become a hamburger junction, controlled by traffic lights.

Hamburger junctions feature roads through their centre. Once completed, along with other conversion schemes in the city such as in Kennington, Heyford Hill and Green Road, it would be the fourth of its kind in Oxford.

The county council also announced its intention to install traffic lights at Wolvercote roundabout, widen the A40 and A44 approaches and close the exit to Five Mile Drive.

Both roundabouts will gain cyclist and pedestrian crossings.

The council is also proposing to build a new link road between the A40 and the A44 west of the Wolvercote roundabout – in a different scheme – but has not yet decided on the exact location.

Oxford City Council leader Bob Price said: “The county council is moving extremely well on the highways front and we are making good progress and bringing together the required landowners.

“This will help with problems of congestion, but there is obviously a long way to go.”

David Nimmo Smith, county council cabinet member for transport, said: “These proposals aim to reduce journey times through the two junctions, while avoiding negative impacts on the A34. [We also hope it will] improve safety for all road users, but particularly pedestrians and cyclists.”

County councillor for Wolvercote and Summertown Jean Fooks said residents would be pleased Godstow Road would not close.

She said: “These plans look as though they will give great advantages to pedestrians and cyclists.

“And although some will be disappointed that Five Mile Drive is to be closed off, it will at least stop it being used as a rat-run.”

The scheme is part of the City Deal signed by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in February.

It was agreed the business park would not go ahead before significant steps were taken to tackle congestion in the area.

Oxford Bus Users spokesman Hugh Jaeger cautiously welcomed the plans.

He said: “It sounds like they are thinking about the right solutions here, because we know with the A40 the problem is not the number of lanes but the bottleneck junctions.”

A county council spokesman said the current plan, if approved, would see work start in the summer of 2015 and last six or seven months.

The county council will consult residents at a series of presentations, starting today in The White Hart Pub, Godstow Road, Wolvercote, from 2pm to 8pm.

The next is in St Peter’s Church hall, Godstow Road, Wolvercote, on Saturday from 10am to 3pm, with a third in Cutteslowe Community Centre, in Wren Road, from 2pm to 8pm next Thursday.

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6:58am Thu 3 Jul 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Before work commences in North Oxford - how about finishing off the job in East Oxford?

Green Road, Heyford Hill have been upgraded, Kennington will be compete soon - leaving the bottleneck that is Rose Hill - It's time to get that sorted.

After that it's time to do something with the double-flat junction at Horspath...

Then start work on North Oxford.
Before work commences in North Oxford - how about finishing off the job in East Oxford? Green Road, Heyford Hill have been upgraded, Kennington will be compete soon - leaving the bottleneck that is Rose Hill - It's time to get that sorted. After that it's time to do something with the double-flat junction at Horspath... Then start work on North Oxford. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 0

7:33am Thu 3 Jul 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

“And although some will be disappointed that Five Mile Drive is to be closed off, it will at least stop it being used as a rat-run.”
Once again,there is NO SUCH thing as a rat run. When will these stupid people get this into their heads. Otherwise every road is a rat run unless you take the longest route to get from A to B every journey. Doh
“And although some will be disappointed that Five Mile Drive is to be closed off, it will at least stop it being used as a rat-run.” Once again,there is NO SUCH thing as a rat run. When will these stupid people get this into their heads. Otherwise every road is a rat run unless you take the longest route to get from A to B every journey. Doh HomerSimpsonDoh
  • Score: 1

8:38am Thu 3 Jul 14

museli says...

HomerSimpsonDoh wrote:
“And although some will be disappointed that Five Mile Drive is to be closed off, it will at least stop it being used as a rat-run.”
Once again,there is NO SUCH thing as a rat run. When will these stupid people get this into their heads. Otherwise every road is a rat run unless you take the longest route to get from A to B every journey. Doh
Most of us know what a 'rat-run' is - you'll always get a few deniers who think by pretending the term doesn't exist then the problem doesn't but willful ignorance is unlikely to solve anything.

http://www.oxforddic
tionaries.com/defini
tion/english/rat-run
[quote][p][bold]HomerSimpsonDoh[/bold] wrote: “And although some will be disappointed that Five Mile Drive is to be closed off, it will at least stop it being used as a rat-run.” Once again,there is NO SUCH thing as a rat run. When will these stupid people get this into their heads. Otherwise every road is a rat run unless you take the longest route to get from A to B every journey. Doh[/p][/quote]Most of us know what a 'rat-run' is - you'll always get a few deniers who think by pretending the term doesn't exist then the problem doesn't but willful ignorance is unlikely to solve anything. http://www.oxforddic tionaries.com/defini tion/english/rat-run museli
  • Score: 6

10:22am Thu 3 Jul 14

Oxonian says...

The Oxford Dictionaries definition of rat run is "A minor, typically residential street used by drivers during peak periods to avoid congestion on main roads."

"Rat run" may make the process sound bad, but there is nothing wrong with trying to avoid congestion, especially as using other roads may help a main road to be less congested. Many roads are residential, and most of us have to get used to vehicles driving along our roads, instead of moaning at drivers who take alternative routes.
The Oxford Dictionaries definition of rat run is "A minor, typically residential street used by drivers during peak periods to avoid congestion on main roads." "Rat run" may make the process sound bad, but there is nothing wrong with trying to avoid congestion, especially as using other roads may help a main road to be less congested. Many roads are residential, and most of us have to get used to vehicles driving along our roads, instead of moaning at drivers who take alternative routes. Oxonian
  • Score: 4

10:33am Thu 3 Jul 14

museli says...

In the case of the Five Mile Drive rat-run it is almost always some selfish driver using it to jump a few places in the traffic queue waiting to join the roundabout.
In the case of the Five Mile Drive rat-run it is almost always some selfish driver using it to jump a few places in the traffic queue waiting to join the roundabout. museli
  • Score: 3

12:54pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Peterjbdk says...

museli wrote:
In the case of the Five Mile Drive rat-run it is almost always some selfish driver using it to jump a few places in the traffic queue waiting to join the roundabout.
... and usually travelling at greater than the 20 mph speed limit, which is a danger to children, pedestrians and cyclists: it's 20 mph for a reason!
[quote][p][bold]museli[/bold] wrote: In the case of the Five Mile Drive rat-run it is almost always some selfish driver using it to jump a few places in the traffic queue waiting to join the roundabout.[/p][/quote]... and usually travelling at greater than the 20 mph speed limit, which is a danger to children, pedestrians and cyclists: it's 20 mph for a reason! Peterjbdk
  • Score: 12

2:11pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Madi50n says...

I was wondering if they planed on doing anything with Cutteslowe Roundabout, what with the impending new train station at water Eaton. The Banbury road into Oxford in the mornings and out in the afternoons is awful. Queues from the Kidlington Sainsbury's roundabout on the way in and from Summertown on the way out. Especially welcome is the idea it's safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

Although, they'll have to take into account the traffic lights north & south of the roundabout which just backs everything up at rush hours, and the the right turn 100 ms north. Could they remove the lights and make people cross at the roundabout and put in a central lane for right turners? Otherwise all 9 mill will be of no use to anyone.
I was wondering if they planed on doing anything with Cutteslowe Roundabout, what with the impending new train station at water Eaton. The Banbury road into Oxford in the mornings and out in the afternoons is awful. Queues from the Kidlington Sainsbury's roundabout on the way in and from Summertown on the way out. Especially welcome is the idea it's safer for cyclists and pedestrians. Although, they'll have to take into account the traffic lights north & south of the roundabout which just backs everything up at rush hours, and the the right turn 100 ms north. Could they remove the lights and make people cross at the roundabout and put in a central lane for right turners? Otherwise all 9 mill will be of no use to anyone. Madi50n
  • Score: 4

7:23pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Oxonian says...

The County Council seems unaware that one of the main problems at both the Wolvercote and Cutteslowe roundabouts is that, currently, there are only two lanes for traffic wanting to enter the roundabout, but there are three or more roads leading away from the roundabouts. This is evident from the way that the congestion at the Cutteslowe roundabout coming northwards from the Banbury Road is clearly caused by traffic wanting to go west or north all queueing in the same lane.

If there were three lanes leading into these roundabouts, clearly marked for traffic to go left, right or forward, it might ease the congestion without any need for "hamburgers" or traffic lights.
The County Council seems unaware that one of the main problems at both the Wolvercote and Cutteslowe roundabouts is that, currently, there are only two lanes for traffic wanting to enter the roundabout, but there are three or more roads leading away from the roundabouts. This is evident from the way that the congestion at the Cutteslowe roundabout coming northwards from the Banbury Road is clearly caused by traffic wanting to go west or north all queueing in the same lane. If there were three lanes leading into these roundabouts, clearly marked for traffic to go left, right or forward, it might ease the congestion without any need for "hamburgers" or traffic lights. Oxonian
  • Score: 1

7:34pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Jameslouis says...

I would like to say that yes the roundabout at Wolvercote does need changing, but it all depends who arranges the setting for the traffic lights. If it is the Moron who devised the green road roundabout, or the traffic lights at Headington Oxford, or the traffic lights at the junction of Windmill road and Old road, no these Morons should not be allowed to design the road changes on a children's toy racing car game, there absolute Morons.

But if it is the people persons who designed the new round about and lights when you head towards the Abingdon road from Littlemore great I look forward to it.
I would like to say that yes the roundabout at Wolvercote does need changing, but it all depends who arranges the setting for the traffic lights. If it is the Moron who devised the green road roundabout, or the traffic lights at Headington Oxford, or the traffic lights at the junction of Windmill road and Old road, no these Morons should not be allowed to design the road changes on a children's toy racing car game, there absolute Morons. But if it is the people persons who designed the new round about and lights when you head towards the Abingdon road from Littlemore great I look forward to it. Jameslouis
  • Score: 1

7:38pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Jameslouis says...

Nearly all the lights in Oxford are out of sink, especially the ones at the green road roundabout, cowley near Tescos, gypsy lane, what are the morons doing surely an academic can regulate traffic lights, one set then another god all,mighty what are we paying these morons for
Nearly all the lights in Oxford are out of sink, especially the ones at the green road roundabout, cowley near Tescos, gypsy lane, what are the morons doing surely an academic can regulate traffic lights, one set then another god all,mighty what are we paying these morons for Jameslouis
  • Score: 0

3:48pm Fri 4 Jul 14

reallynotpc says...

Would love to see an improvement here, but I wonder how long before the new tarmac has as many potholes as the rest of Oxford.
Would love to see an improvement here, but I wonder how long before the new tarmac has as many potholes as the rest of Oxford. reallynotpc
  • Score: 0

1:28pm Sat 5 Jul 14

IS says...

I'd advise any cyclists or pedestrians to look very very carefully at the plans. The changes to the Hinksey Hill interchange have been drawn up by people who assume that everyone wants to go into the city centre up the Abingdon Road if they're on foot or on a bike. No easy route for those of us who want to go via the underpass to go to Heyford Hill or over Donnington Bridge. Answers from the county council said they'd look at it again when work is finished by which time it will be too late to do anything to change things.
I'd advise any cyclists or pedestrians to look very very carefully at the plans. The changes to the Hinksey Hill interchange have been drawn up by people who assume that everyone wants to go into the city centre up the Abingdon Road if they're on foot or on a bike. No easy route for those of us who want to go via the underpass to go to Heyford Hill or over Donnington Bridge. Answers from the county council said they'd look at it again when work is finished by which time it will be too late to do anything to change things. IS
  • Score: 0

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