Work has started on changes to the Headington junction where cyclist Jennifer Wong lost her life.

Ms Wong was on her bicycle at the junction of Headington Road and Headley Way last September when she was knocked down by an HGV-mounted crane turning left towards the hospital.

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At the Oxford Brookes University administrator’s inquest in early August, a representative for Oxfordshire County Council said a new dropped kerb would be installed at the junction, meaning cyclists turning left onto Headley Way from Headington Road would be able to leave the road and avoid coming into contact with vehicles.

Those roadworks began earlier this week. White lines had already been sprayed onto the pavement, marking where the new cycle path will go.

The works are being done by Oxfordshire County Council contractors in the shadow of a white ‘ghost bike’, put up as a permanent memorial following Ms Wong's death.

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At her inquest, senior coroner for Oxfordshire Darren Salter told members of Ms Wong’s family that he would write to Oxfordshire County Council to raise concerns about the layout of the road.

He also planned to write to the Department for Transport, after it emerged that cranes of the type involved in the fatal collision did not require close-proximity mirrors.

Expressing his condolences, Mr Salter said: “If there are some further steps that can be made to help reduce the chance of this happening again, then at least that is one thing that is positive that might come from this tragic incident.”

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This story was written by Tom Seaward. He joined the team in 2021 as Oxfordshire's court and crime reporter.  

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