Residents, cyclists and bus firms take issue with proposals for Headington's Green Road roundabout (From thisisoxfordshire)
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Residents, cyclists and bus firms take issue with proposals for Headington's Green Road roundabout
AN £840,000 plan to cut congestion near Oxford’s busiest roundabout looks set to be approved despite criticism from bus firms, cycling groups and residents.
Officers from Oxfordshire County Council have unveiled major changes to part of London Road in Headington.
They are recommending new lengths of bus lane on the Oxford-bound approach to the Green Road roundabout, and at the exit of the Thornhill park-and-ride site.
And the Toot Hill Butts exit onto the roundabout will be permanently closed to traffic.
But a request from Oxford Bus Company for traffic lights at the Bayswater Road exit from the Barton estate onto the roundabout has been rejected.
County Hall hopes the plan will cut congestion and make access to the park-and-ride easier.
But cycling groups believe there is still too little provision for people on bicycles. Richard Mann, spokesman for Oxford-based cycling campaign group Cyclox, said: “We thought that some of the proposals were ridiculous in terms of how they cater for cyclists.
“We were particularly bothered by the removal of the yellow box on the service road near McDonalds.
“The fact it was taken away caused huge problems with people parking, getting in the way of a route and causing a menace to cyclists. It’s good to see it will be put back in.
“We will look to work with the council to quickly resolve some of the issues that have cropped up.”
Headington county councillor Roz Smith said: “I’m worried about the lack of cycling facilities for the south side of London Road.
“You can’t make changes like this to how the buses move without taking other road users and pedestrians into account.
“But they do appear to have listened to some of my concerns, especially about the Toot Hill Butts exit and that is positive.”
Highways officers have proposed closing the exit to cars and monitoring the bus lane for accidents.
Oxford Bus Company asked for traffic signals to be put on the Bayswater Road exit on to the roundabout and said the layby on the road east of Collingwood Road was too small.
But both suggestions were rejected by the council which said they fell “outside of the scope of the improvement scheme.”
Phil Southall, operations director of Oxford Bus Company, said: “We are disappointed these two much- needed improvements can’t be tackled at this stage.
“We hope to keep discussions going with the council to ensure that improvements to the Bayswater Road junction and the layby on the A40 opposite Collingwood Road can go ahead as quickly as possible.”
Bayswater Road resident Geoffrey Franks , 45, said: “I have no idea why they would not signal that part of the roundabout, it causes problems now. This seemed like the perfect chance.”
Following the consultation 44 responses were sent in.
Council transport officers say the new-look London Road will allow cars to pass buses that have stopped for passengers, preventing traffic from backing up.
The recommendations will be reviewed by cabinet member for transport David Nimmo-Smith on Thursday, September 12.
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