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Proposals to cut jams at busy roundabout approved
10:00am Saturday 14th September 2013 in News
AN £840,000 plan to cut congestion near Oxford’s busiest roundabout has been approved.
David Nimmo-Smith, cabinet member for environment and transport at Oxfordshire County Council, gave the go-ahead for major changes to part of London Road in Headington.
This includes new stretches of bus lane on the Oxford-bound approach to the Green Road roundabout and at the exit of Thornhill park-and-ride. The council hopes the plan will make access to the park-and-ride easier and cut congestion, which is a major problem in the area.
Council transport officers said the revamped London Road will allow cars to pass buses that have stopped for passengers.
Headington county councillor Roz Smith said she was not convinced that widening the bus lane on the A40 would work, but was pleased the council was going to look into the Toot Hill Butts exit.
She said: “If it proves to be dangerous then it will close to traffic, but only after a consultation.”
Richard Mann, from cycling campaign group Cyclox, welcomed the changes but said there was still too little provision for cyclists.
He said: “The proposals are very sensible and there is greater priority given to buses which is good.
“But between the Green Road roundabout to Gladstone Road, which is not a huge section, cyclists are left with all the traffic.
“This section needs to be filled in to make it safer. If we can work out a sensible design for that with council officers then it should hopefully be sorted relatively quickly.”
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