Roundabout method of avoiding road confusion

Roundabout method of avoiding road confusion

Roundabout method of avoiding road confusion

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I was wondering why the majority of local roundabouts have got new names (i.e. Green Road is now Headington, Abingdon Road is now Kennington, Banbury Road is Cutteslowe and Woodstock Road is, I think, Wolvercote).

I can’t think this is to avoid confusion as I have been driving since 1965 and spent 25 years in the police and they were always obvious under their old names.

Alan Morgan, Wood Farm Road, Oxford

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11:01pm Mon 1 Sep 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

Because the council have got nothing better to do.
Because the council have got nothing better to do. HomerSimpsonDoh
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11:09am Tue 2 Sep 14

H.J.Harris says...

Wolvercote roundabout has been known by that name for as long as I can remember, whether or not that was official I don't know.
Wolvercote roundabout has been known by that name for as long as I can remember, whether or not that was official I don't know. H.J.Harris
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3:45pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

These days people often listen to traffic bulletins on the radio whilst driving.

For someone who is unfamiliar with the area "Headington Roundabout" is a more sensible description than the more accurate "Green Road Roundabout".

"Sainsburys Roundabout" and "Heyford Hill Roundabout" are interchangeable too.

For "Kennington" or "Abingdon Road", I usually call it "Redbridge".

I've no idea what the official name of the "Tesco" or "BMW" or "Mini" or "British Gas" or "David Lloyd" or "Business Park" or "Garsington" or "Ambassador" Roundabout is though - but most people know where you mean it is said.
These days people often listen to traffic bulletins on the radio whilst driving. For someone who is unfamiliar with the area "Headington Roundabout" is a more sensible description than the more accurate "Green Road Roundabout". "Sainsburys Roundabout" and "Heyford Hill Roundabout" are interchangeable too. For "Kennington" or "Abingdon Road", I usually call it "Redbridge". I've no idea what the official name of the "Tesco" or "BMW" or "Mini" or "British Gas" or "David Lloyd" or "Business Park" or "Garsington" or "Ambassador" Roundabout is though - but most people know where you mean it is said. Andrew:Oxford
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