Residents urge council to tell them plans for traffic

Wolvercote residents including Jenny Gerrard, left, and Sue Smith got a chance to look at the Northern Gateway plans in February

Wolvercote residents including Jenny Gerrard, left, and Sue Smith got a chance to look at the Northern Gateway plans in February

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering North Oxford, Jericho and Summertown. Call me on 01865 425498

RESIDENTS in Wolvercote have called on Oxfordshire County Council to explain its plan to tackle extra traffic they fear from a major development.

Plans for the Northern Gateway business park, put forward by Oxford City Council, are currently under public consultation.

But residents are concerned the county council’s proposed overhauls of Wolvercote and Cutteslowe roundabouts will not be enough to reduce congestion.

Wolvercote county councillor Jean Fooks said: “We have asked for a presentation on how they they think they are going to handle the extra traffic.”

Mrs Fooks, below, and the Wolvercote Neighbourhood Forum have also called for plans for a link road between the A40 and A44 to be brought forward.

She added: “The link road really is essential and needs to be done as soon as possible.

“We have got to start moving traffic out of North Oxford and that road would reduce congestion significantly.

Oxford Mail:

“The forum and I are also calling on the city council to extend its consultation on the Northern Gateway because the September 15 deadline does not leave enough time for people who have been away to consider the plans.

“I think the county council should give this presentation. It needs to show people here it is listening to their concerns.”

Oxfordshire County Council is currently reviewing and updating its Oxford Area Transport Strategy, following estimates that traffic volumes could grow by 35 per cent by 2025. In July the authority announced it would add traffic light controls to Wolvercote roundabout and widen its approaches from the A40 and A44.

It also proposed that Cutteslowe roundabout become a ‘hamburger’-style junction, with the main road cutting through a central island. Pedestrian and cyclist crossings are to be added to both junctions.

That scheme was first announced in February and will be funded by the £108.6m Government-funded Growth Deal, confirmed in July.

But the county council has so far not confirmed any further details of a proposed link road or how it will be funded.

Council spokesman Dominic Llewellyn-Jones said there were no plans to hold a public meeting with residents.

He said: “Residents who have concerns can raise them through the Northern Gateway AAP consultation process. The county council is working up a design for a new link road to the west of the A34, between the A40 and A44, but it is not required to support a development at Northern Gateway.”

 

 

  • Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone’s contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Send your Letter to the Editor

11:20am Monday 28th July 2014

What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.

Our top stories

Charity rider appeals for return of her bikes

Oxford Mail:

6:40am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A charity champion has appealed for information after two bikes were stolen from her shed.

City friendliest place

Oxford Mail: A library photograph of a mobile phone similar to the one stolen

6:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Fewer people in the city pretend to be on their smartphones to avoid striking up a conversation with a stranger, according to the latest research.

TB man given Asbo to stop him spitting

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A HOMELESS man with tuberculosis (TB) has been given an anti-social behaviour order (Asbo) to stop him from coughing and spitting at people.

Survey puts spotlight city’s on city’s grubby roads

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

SIXTEEN streets have been branded the grubbiest in Oxford in a city-wide cleanliness survey.

Youth bailed over broken jaw attack

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

6:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A teenager from Oxford has been arrested on suspicion of GBH after a 32-year-old was attacked and left with a broken jaw.

Pair jailed for dealing drugs from their car

Oxford Mail: Oxford Crown Court

6:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A pensioner drug dealer with a criminal record stretching back 52 years has been jailed along with his addict accomplice.

Comments (2)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

6:56am Wed 27 Aug 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Perhaps a new link road for Wolvercote too which will "hug" the A34 from the Trout and meet with the A40 at a new junction at the planned business park. This would allow Wolvercote roundabout junction to be removed easing traffic flow.

Also removing the old railway bridge leaving a pedestrian bridge.
Perhaps a new link road for Wolvercote too which will "hug" the A34 from the Trout and meet with the A40 at a new junction at the planned business park. This would allow Wolvercote roundabout junction to be removed easing traffic flow. Also removing the old railway bridge leaving a pedestrian bridge. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 2

4:11pm Wed 27 Aug 14

oafie says...

No...those in wolvercote have already complained about loss of the railway bridge....as they need it. Sometimes you have to accept what is for the greater good, the entire surround of Oxford cannot go on being developed without some development in the north.
No...those in wolvercote have already complained about loss of the railway bridge....as they need it. Sometimes you have to accept what is for the greater good, the entire surround of Oxford cannot go on being developed without some development in the north. oafie
  • 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