A campaign group in Oxford has described the road where an ambulance collided with a cyclist as “problematic” and "hostile".

A cyclist in his 60s has been taken to hospital with life-threatening after colliding with an ambulance which was responding to an emergency on blue lights in Woodstock Road, near the junction with Blandford Avenue, on Sunday at around 11am.

The man was treated at the scene by ambulance crews before being taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital by a response car from the Thames Valley Air Ambulance team.

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He remains in hospital in critical condition.

Alison Hill, chairwoman of cycling campaign group Cyclox, said “It is hugely concerning that there has been another serious cycle collision.

“Clearly until there are more details about the collision it is difficult to attribute causes and make comments.

“But in situations where the cycle rider survives, and I hope against hope he does recover given how serious his injuries sound, we rarely get any further information about the nature of the collision.

“What we can say is that the Wolvercote Roundabout being multi-lane is a big and hostile barrier for all but the most confident of cycle riders.

“Even walking your bike round at the crossings is not a pleasant experience as it is very time-consuming and the crossings at Godstow Road and Five Mile Drive are really problematic as they are not signalised and cars come whizzing round the roundabout and cars frequently take the exits onto those roads very fast.”

(Image: Alison Hill)

Woodstock Road was closed both from Wolvercote Roundabout to Blandford Avenue as the cyclist was attended to by paramedics.

Police have since launched an investigation appealing for witnesses to the incident.

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Investigating officer PC Ruan Brink, of the Joint Operations Roads Policing Unit, said: “First and foremost, our thoughts are with the victim of this collision who is in a critical condition in hospital, and his family.

“Our thoughts are also with the ambulance crew involved in the collision, who were responding to an emergency with blue lights on at the time.

“I am appealing for any witnesses to this collision to please come forward.

“Also, if you were driving in the area around the time of the collision and have a dash-cam, please check your recording in case it has captured something that could assist us and get in touch if you have."

South Central Ambulance Service is “working closely” with the police and their investigations.

A spokesperson added: “South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) can confirm that yesterday morning (Sunday, June 23) shortly after 11am an ambulance and a cyclist were involved in a collision on the Woodstock Road in Oxford.  

“The cyclist has sustained significant injuries and was immediately treated at the scene by ambulance crews and the Thames Valley Air Ambulance team on a response car before being taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

 “Our thoughts are with the patient, their family, and our crew involved in this incident."

Anyone with information or footage should call Thames Valley Police 101 or make a report on the force's website, quoting the reference number 43240295068.