A40 'gridlock' fears over new housing

thisisoxfordshire: Witney councillor and haulier Steve Hayward beside the A40 at Eynsham Witney councillor and haulier Steve Hayward beside the A40 at Eynsham

HIGHWAY chiefs have been urged to address chronic congestion on the A40 before thousands of new homes bring it to a complete standstill.

This week it was revealed 1,000 extra houses will be built in West Oxfordshire, taking the total number to be built in the district to 5,500 before 2029.

The majority of homes will be built close to the major commuter route.

In Oxford, A40 traffic concerns have also resurfaced on plans for 1,200-homes at Barton West and proposals for 3,000 jobs and 200 homes at the Northern Gateway site close to the Pear Tree roundabout.

In both cases, highways authority Oxfordshire County Council and planning authority Oxford City Council have struggled to agree a solution.

Eynsham is one of the communities affected by the A40 traffic.

Its parish council chairman, Gordon Beach, said further development would increase pressure on the road and lead to more motorists using the village as a rat run.

He added: “The queue on the A40 in the morning is more or less from the roundabout on the outskirts of Oxford all the way back nearly to the dual carriageway at Witney.

“Before new homes are built, supporting infrastructure should be looked at. It is all about joined-up thinking.”

He said the A40 should be made a dual carriage way along its entire length.

County councillor for Witney West Steve Hayward, who is also a haulier, said: “Duelling the A40 was in the plan up until 1997, when the then Government cancelled it.

“Since then about 3,000 more houses have been built along the A40 corridor and it looks now like in the next 10 to 15 years another 3,000 houses will be built along that corridor.

“Most of these new houses will potentially be heading to Oxford for work. It is going to be gridlocked.

“The knock-on effect is not just on the A40 because everywhere people will be seeking alternative routes, which means more cars in Long Hanborough, Eynsham, Cassington and Woodstock.

“The dualling of the A40 needs to be dusted off and enacted, but it needed to be done 15 years ago.”

But Oxfordshire County Council leader Ian Hudspeth said the answer was not to add extra lanes to the A40, because wider, faster roads would attract more drivers, not cut down numbers.

He said: “It’s the M25 effect. The A40 past Witney is already a dual carriageway, so where do you draw the line?

“The key thing is we need to make sure any development coming forward has appropriate economic development close by so commuting can be avoided.

“We recognise the A40 is an issue not just in West Oxfordshire, but in Oxford, and working with the Local Enterprise Partnership, we will put in a bid for any additional government funding which becomes available.”

He said the council was trying to minimise the impact of new development by withholding support for schemes which did not address transport impacts.

He said: “The Northern Gateway scheme has been deferred until 2018 on the basis that no traffic solution can be found.”

Oxford City Council leader Bob Price said: “The A40 has been discussed for as long as I can remember, which is 40 years in Oxford.

“Over the years, as traffic volumes have increased, it has become more of a problem.

“Congestion at the Wolvercote and Banbury Road roundabouts have been a major constraint, as have the lights at Cassington, so they all need to be sorted out – that’s where the first focus has to be.

West Oxfordshire District Council cabinet member for strategic planning Warwick Robinson said the council’s local plan included employment land at both Witney and Carterton.

He added: “The concept is not that everyone automatically drives up and down the A40 or goes to Swindon to work.

“Highways is a county matter and we have been petitioning them for the last 30 years, highlighting the work that needs to be done.”

Martin & Co Letting Agents director Andrew Ramsay said: “We have got a lot of tenants who live in Witney and commute to Oxford.

“They move to Witney because of rental prices and because it is a nice place to live.”

An EXPERT’s OPINION by Peter Headicar,  Reader in Transport Planning at Oxford Brookes University

TRAFFIC conditions in central Oxfordshire are bad not just because of the growth in population and car ownership but because of the imbalance between where major new housing has been built (in the ‘country towns’) and where jobs and services are concentrated (in and around Oxford City).  
 

In recent decades there has been scant investment to cater for the burgeoning flows which result, neither in road improvements nor (more sensibly) in attractive public transport alternatives. 


There is no such thing as a free lunch and the traffic queues which occupy the A40 west of Oxford for much of the day are a particularly unfortunate example.  


People living in the growing towns of Witney and Carterton have to make use of a single carriageway road built in the 1930s.  


If the planned Northern Gateway business park goes ahead still more motorists will be drawn on to this entirely inadequate road.


What is to be done?   The sort of strategy which has been followed in Oxford City since the 1970s now needs to be reconfigured on a wider scale to reflect changed travel patterns.  Park and Ride car parks should be built on the outskirts of Witney and Eynsham and fast public transport links provided to the city. 


The cheap and cheerful way of doing this would be to restore the A40 to its original three-lane layout with one of them reserved as a ‘no car’ lane on the approaches to the junction bottlenecks. Much better would be to convert the former Witney railway formation to a rapid transit route – either as a busway (as recently opened in Cambridgeshire) or light rail (as in many continental cities).   But this is very unlikely given the current funding regime in the UK. 


The ‘win-win’ solution would be to introduce some form of charging scheme which regulated traffic at peak times to free-flow conditions and provided the revenue to fund the transit alternative. 


People may baulk at this but if they totted up the time and money currently spent sitting in those traffic queues it might not seem such a bad idea!

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9:12am Mon 15 Oct 12

livedhereforyears says...

Yet again they say they will not support development which does not address transport problems - I think we have all heard this before but once the houses are built the road plans just simply disappear - The council's need to get on with building the roads before any further development that way they can assess what impact the further houses will have.
Yet again they say they will not support development which does not address transport problems - I think we have all heard this before but once the houses are built the road plans just simply disappear - The council's need to get on with building the roads before any further development that way they can assess what impact the further houses will have. livedhereforyears
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9:17am Mon 15 Oct 12

alu355 says...

No need to wait for the new houses to be built, the A40 is already gridlocked every day at rush hour.
Developers and council won't care, they just want to get the money in from the extra houses. The A40 does need to be dual carriageway all the way, the current plan to reduce it to a 40mph road is crazy.
No need to wait for the new houses to be built, the A40 is already gridlocked every day at rush hour. Developers and council won't care, they just want to get the money in from the extra houses. The A40 does need to be dual carriageway all the way, the current plan to reduce it to a 40mph road is crazy. alu355
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9:27am Mon 15 Oct 12

Patrick in Devon says...

The "country towns" strategy, adopted in the 1980s, was always going to lead to traffic problems.

Rebuilding the railway as far as Carterton is a no-brainer. It wont take as much land as new roads and carriageways, and would be future-proof.

As well as catering for transport into Oxford, it would enable London bound drivers to cut their road journeys at either Carterton, Witney or Eynsham.
The "country towns" strategy, adopted in the 1980s, was always going to lead to traffic problems. Rebuilding the railway as far as Carterton is a no-brainer. It wont take as much land as new roads and carriageways, and would be future-proof. As well as catering for transport into Oxford, it would enable London bound drivers to cut their road journeys at either Carterton, Witney or Eynsham. Patrick in Devon
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9:35am Mon 15 Oct 12

OxfordRob says...

What's so funny is that at peak times try getting anywhere close to 40 on that stretch of road. Could they maybe turn it into dual lanes but one being a car pool lane at certain times encouraging people to car share? They have this in America and it works quite well. Exclude the fact that they often will have 5 or more lanes.

When they were doing work by the A34 I was surprised they did not add a ramp join to the A40 around the Western by-pass road and wolvercote bridge as I am sure that would have helped the traffic flow a bit?

Another area of upcoming concern though not half as bad as the A40 is the A420. As the main road to Swindon it is a lorry/tractor through fare yet with mass development going on with Faringdon the traffic is building up more plus people from Carterton tend to come down that way to avoid the A40.
What's so funny is that at peak times try getting anywhere close to 40 on that stretch of road. Could they maybe turn it into dual lanes but one being a car pool lane at certain times encouraging people to car share? They have this in America and it works quite well. Exclude the fact that they often will have 5 or more lanes. When they were doing work by the A34 I was surprised they did not add a ramp join to the A40 around the Western by-pass road and wolvercote bridge as I am sure that would have helped the traffic flow a bit? Another area of upcoming concern though not half as bad as the A40 is the A420. As the main road to Swindon it is a lorry/tractor through fare yet with mass development going on with Faringdon the traffic is building up more plus people from Carterton tend to come down that way to avoid the A40. OxfordRob
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10:04am Mon 15 Oct 12

Cathena says...

And they want to put a new London airport in the area!
And they want to put a new London airport in the area! Cathena
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10:33am Mon 15 Oct 12

bart-on simpson says...

Barton is adding just 800 homes, not 1,200.

The Community Association there recently won the argument to build a subway not three dangerous pedestrian crossings.
Barton is adding just 800 homes, not 1,200. The Community Association there recently won the argument to build a subway not three dangerous pedestrian crossings. bart-on simpson
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11:21am Mon 15 Oct 12

olafpalme says...

Council leader Hudspeth is correct. In my view, duelling the A40 would be a near-criminal waste of money. All those new cars will simply funnel, at great expense and attraction, into the same old bottle-neck that is... the City of Oxford. Better to have a light rail link from Witney/Carterton to a new Oxford Station with new park and ride stops along the way. Some new dedicated bike paths (not painted `lanes') from all the nearest villages into Oxford would not go amiss either (starting with Eynsham-Botley) .
Council leader Hudspeth is correct. In my view, duelling the A40 would be a near-criminal waste of money. All those new cars will simply funnel, at great expense and attraction, into the same old bottle-neck that is... the City of Oxford. Better to have a light rail link from Witney/Carterton to a new Oxford Station with new park and ride stops along the way. Some new dedicated bike paths (not painted `lanes') from all the nearest villages into Oxford would not go amiss either (starting with Eynsham-Botley) . olafpalme
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4:42pm Mon 15 Oct 12

King Joke says...

Spot on Olaf - the same traffic jam would be half as long and twice as wide, with no increase in throughput.
Spot on Olaf - the same traffic jam would be half as long and twice as wide, with no increase in throughput. King Joke
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6:35pm Mon 15 Oct 12

Andrew:Oxford says...

olafpalme wrote:
Council leader Hudspeth is correct. In my view, duelling the A40 would be a near-criminal waste of money. All those new cars will simply funnel, at great expense and attraction, into the same old bottle-neck that is... the City of Oxford. Better to have a light rail link from Witney/Carterton to a new Oxford Station with new park and ride stops along the way. Some new dedicated bike paths (not painted `lanes') from all the nearest villages into Oxford would not go amiss either (starting with Eynsham-Botley) .
A light (or heavy) rail link would definitely be the ideal.
[quote][p][bold]olafpalme[/bold] wrote: Council leader Hudspeth is correct. In my view, duelling the A40 would be a near-criminal waste of money. All those new cars will simply funnel, at great expense and attraction, into the same old bottle-neck that is... the City of Oxford. Better to have a light rail link from Witney/Carterton to a new Oxford Station with new park and ride stops along the way. Some new dedicated bike paths (not painted `lanes') from all the nearest villages into Oxford would not go amiss either (starting with Eynsham-Botley) .[/p][/quote]A light (or heavy) rail link would definitely be the ideal. Andrew:Oxford
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7:14pm Mon 15 Oct 12

paul from Kennington says...

Patrick in Devon wrote:
The "country towns" strategy, adopted in the 1980s, was always going to lead to traffic problems.

Rebuilding the railway as far as Carterton is a no-brainer. It wont take as much land as new roads and carriageways, and would be future-proof.

As well as catering for transport into Oxford, it would enable London bound drivers to cut their road journeys at either Carterton, Witney or Eynsham.
Your idea is great for the wealthy, but with pre-nine o'clock rip off prices on the railways commuters could not afford it, just look at the before and after nine prices for Oxford to Paddington. The only answer is to dual the A40, a link to the A34, and by-pass for east west through traffic on The A40, but it costs money, and would hit the governments plans for tax cuts for the rich. By the way the nearest 2 rail stations to Witney are only 3 and a half miles away on clear roads with one of them only attracting 50 passengers a week, so obviously not a lot of call for the railways.
[quote][p][bold]Patrick in Devon[/bold] wrote: The "country towns" strategy, adopted in the 1980s, was always going to lead to traffic problems. Rebuilding the railway as far as Carterton is a no-brainer. It wont take as much land as new roads and carriageways, and would be future-proof. As well as catering for transport into Oxford, it would enable London bound drivers to cut their road journeys at either Carterton, Witney or Eynsham.[/p][/quote]Your idea is great for the wealthy, but with pre-nine o'clock rip off prices on the railways commuters could not afford it, just look at the before and after nine prices for Oxford to Paddington. The only answer is to dual the A40, a link to the A34, and by-pass for east west through traffic on The A40, but it costs money, and would hit the governments plans for tax cuts for the rich. By the way the nearest 2 rail stations to Witney are only 3 and a half miles away on clear roads with one of them only attracting 50 passengers a week, so obviously not a lot of call for the railways. paul from Kennington
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10:17pm Mon 15 Oct 12

worldoftrans says...

would of ben better if the senir mrmbers of the councils actually pulled their fingers from the 'dark-side' and actually made the effort and sat in these jams along the A40 from Witney to Oxford, and possibly the vise-versa of Wheatley to Wolvercote in the evenings, then they MIGHT? realise how much of an annoyance to regulars it is!
In my opinion, the A40 should be a solid D/C all the way around Oxford from Thornhill right out to Witney with exits like those on the A34 for example?, but then again 'it costs money', or there's not a need for it!', sorry to rant a bit but it does wind me up when they only look at spending more money on short-term gains rather than a one off big project ehich wouldn't need looking at for years to come.
would of ben better if the senir mrmbers of the councils actually pulled their fingers from the 'dark-side' and actually made the effort and sat in these jams along the A40 from Witney to Oxford, and possibly the vise-versa of Wheatley to Wolvercote in the evenings, then they MIGHT? realise how much of an annoyance to regulars it is! In my opinion, the A40 should be a solid D/C all the way around Oxford from Thornhill right out to Witney with exits like those on the A34 for example?, but then again 'it costs money', or there's not a need for it!', sorry to rant a bit but it does wind me up when they only look at spending more money on short-term gains rather than a one off big project ehich wouldn't need looking at for years to come. worldoftrans
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11:42pm Mon 15 Oct 12

Patrick in Devon says...

paul from Kennington wrote:
Patrick in Devon wrote:
The "country towns" strategy, adopted in the 1980s, was always going to lead to traffic problems.

Rebuilding the railway as far as Carterton is a no-brainer. It wont take as much land as new roads and carriageways, and would be future-proof.

As well as catering for transport into Oxford, it would enable London bound drivers to cut their road journeys at either Carterton, Witney or Eynsham.
Your idea is great for the wealthy, but with pre-nine o'clock rip off prices on the railways commuters could not afford it, just look at the before and after nine prices for Oxford to Paddington. The only answer is to dual the A40, a link to the A34, and by-pass for east west through traffic on The A40, but it costs money, and would hit the governments plans for tax cuts for the rich. By the way the nearest 2 rail stations to Witney are only 3 and a half miles away on clear roads with one of them only attracting 50 passengers a week, so obviously not a lot of call for the railways.
I think you will find there is no car park at Combe Station and only 2 services a day - diferent story at Hanboro.

I live near a branch line with a day return at £7 for a 60 mile round trip, which would cost much more in fuel and parking, and its so well used its often full and standing.

Build a single track to Carterton with a half hourly service (by extending trains which currently terminate at Oxford) and you would remove many thousands of car journeys each day from the A40 at a fraction of the cost of dual carraigeways, junctions etc.
[quote][p][bold]paul from Kennington[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Patrick in Devon[/bold] wrote: The "country towns" strategy, adopted in the 1980s, was always going to lead to traffic problems. Rebuilding the railway as far as Carterton is a no-brainer. It wont take as much land as new roads and carriageways, and would be future-proof. As well as catering for transport into Oxford, it would enable London bound drivers to cut their road journeys at either Carterton, Witney or Eynsham.[/p][/quote]Your idea is great for the wealthy, but with pre-nine o'clock rip off prices on the railways commuters could not afford it, just look at the before and after nine prices for Oxford to Paddington. The only answer is to dual the A40, a link to the A34, and by-pass for east west through traffic on The A40, but it costs money, and would hit the governments plans for tax cuts for the rich. By the way the nearest 2 rail stations to Witney are only 3 and a half miles away on clear roads with one of them only attracting 50 passengers a week, so obviously not a lot of call for the railways.[/p][/quote]I think you will find there is no car park at Combe Station and only 2 services a day - diferent story at Hanboro. I live near a branch line with a day return at £7 for a 60 mile round trip, which would cost much more in fuel and parking, and its so well used its often full and standing. Build a single track to Carterton with a half hourly service (by extending trains which currently terminate at Oxford) and you would remove many thousands of car journeys each day from the A40 at a fraction of the cost of dual carraigeways, junctions etc. Patrick in Devon
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11:53am Tue 16 Oct 12

the wizard says...

The same old story, more houses, more house and more houses over the years and nothing done to support the extra logistical nightmare. Its not only the residents and the commuters who suffer. Everything these people buy in the shops and supermarkets in Witney and the surrounding villages gets delivered by trucks. The internet sales initially comes on a truck to the Hubs and then decanted in Sprinter vans and the like. Furniture gets delivered like all other household items on a truck . Doctors, ambulances, teachers and many other professionals use these roads as well, but over the years there has been NO effort to improve them to keep pace with all the new dwellings built. As usual OCC has painted itself into a corner with its blinkered and nieve approach. Every Oxfordshire town is blighted because nothing has been done to improve matters over the years.
Dualing the A40 is not the ultimate answer, as it arrives at Woodstock Road roundabout and is then bottle necked all the way down to Banbury Road roundabout . A relief road around all of that is needed, but we then get back to OCC favourite cost cutting measure, TALK, because its cheap.

A no time penalty light rail would be attractive to many, but it needs to be correctly set up and with ample parking and bike facilities to attract travellers. The only problem with it now is the set up costs which will get scoffed at by everyone because there is no money. The existing bus service by Stage coach is heavily used so perhaps more buses at peak times, a doubling up, may bring in more travellers.

The simple fact is, there is no easy solution, if there was it would have been done before now, once more, lack of vision by OCC in their quest for more houses, more houses and even more houses has blighted the whole of Oxfordshire, which is now painted into a corner of OCC's making.

OCC follows government requests and directives, but have obviously underspent on any road infrastructure, maybe not spent at all. Useless and incompetent doesn't come close
The same old story, more houses, more house and more houses over the years and nothing done to support the extra logistical nightmare. Its not only the residents and the commuters who suffer. Everything these people buy in the shops and supermarkets in Witney and the surrounding villages gets delivered by trucks. The internet sales initially comes on a truck to the Hubs and then decanted in Sprinter vans and the like. Furniture gets delivered like all other household items on a truck . Doctors, ambulances, teachers and many other professionals use these roads as well, but over the years there has been NO effort to improve them to keep pace with all the new dwellings built. As usual OCC has painted itself into a corner with its blinkered and nieve approach. Every Oxfordshire town is blighted because nothing has been done to improve matters over the years. Dualing the A40 is not the ultimate answer, as it arrives at Woodstock Road roundabout and is then bottle necked all the way down to Banbury Road roundabout . A relief road around all of that is needed, but we then get back to OCC favourite cost cutting measure, TALK, because its cheap. A no time penalty light rail would be attractive to many, but it needs to be correctly set up and with ample parking and bike facilities to attract travellers. The only problem with it now is the set up costs which will get scoffed at by everyone because there is no money. The existing bus service by Stage coach is heavily used so perhaps more buses at peak times, a doubling up, may bring in more travellers. The simple fact is, there is no easy solution, if there was it would have been done before now, once more, lack of vision by OCC in their quest for more houses, more houses and even more houses has blighted the whole of Oxfordshire, which is now painted into a corner of OCC's making. OCC follows government requests and directives, but have obviously underspent on any road infrastructure, maybe not spent at all. Useless and incompetent doesn't come close the wizard
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1:36pm Tue 16 Oct 12

H.J.Harris says...

The blame does not lie solely with OCC, successive Governments have pressured our Councils to build more houses without granting funds for infrastructure. I remember going to a meeting in the Corn Exchange in the mid 70s when the Planning Officer (I think his name might have been Sykes or something similar) explained that the Government had instructed the local Planners to allow more housing development with the threat that if it was not agreed locally then Central Government would take over and make decisions which might suit us locals a lot less. I considered it to be heavy-handed at the time and also very short-sighted.
In the last couple of generations, we have undergone many culture changes, one of which is the desire for young people to leave home and buy houses of their own. It was usual for these people to stay with the parents until leaving to get married and set up their own homes. As well as the growth in population, this has led to a far greater demand for housing.
The blame does not lie solely with OCC, successive Governments have pressured our Councils to build more houses without granting funds for infrastructure. I remember going to a meeting in the Corn Exchange in the mid 70s when the Planning Officer (I think his name might have been Sykes or something similar) explained that the Government had instructed the local Planners to allow more housing development with the threat that if it was not agreed locally then Central Government would take over and make decisions which might suit us locals a lot less. I considered it to be heavy-handed at the time and also very short-sighted. In the last couple of generations, we have undergone many culture changes, one of which is the desire for young people to leave home and buy houses of their own. It was usual for these people to stay with the parents until leaving to get married and set up their own homes. As well as the growth in population, this has led to a far greater demand for housing. H.J.Harris
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1:46pm Tue 16 Oct 12

the wizard says...

H.J.Harris wrote:
The blame does not lie solely with OCC, successive Governments have pressured our Councils to build more houses without granting funds for infrastructure. I remember going to a meeting in the Corn Exchange in the mid 70s when the Planning Officer (I think his name might have been Sykes or something similar) explained that the Government had instructed the local Planners to allow more housing development with the threat that if it was not agreed locally then Central Government would take over and make decisions which might suit us locals a lot less. I considered it to be heavy-handed at the time and also very short-sighted.
In the last couple of generations, we have undergone many culture changes, one of which is the desire for young people to leave home and buy houses of their own. It was usual for these people to stay with the parents until leaving to get married and set up their own homes. As well as the growth in population, this has led to a far greater demand for housing.
So what was wrong with OCC building roads suitable to deal with the demand before the developments are built and pass the costs on with rates, or better still they could/should have lobbied for funding. The whole of the Oxon problem seems to be that OCC see Oxfordshire as being served by the M4, M40 and A34, no major link roads seem to have been built. The Didcot link to the A34 came about due to the A34 development and warehousing in Didcot, and the Link from Bicester to the M40 came about as part of the M40 extension. Little else has been done. Witney, Thame, Wantage and Wallingford all suffer to varying degrees. The A40 is now a joke and has got progressively worse for the last 25 years, during that time OCC have done ????????? oh yes their two favourites, talk and nothing.
[quote][p][bold]H.J.Harris[/bold] wrote: The blame does not lie solely with OCC, successive Governments have pressured our Councils to build more houses without granting funds for infrastructure. I remember going to a meeting in the Corn Exchange in the mid 70s when the Planning Officer (I think his name might have been Sykes or something similar) explained that the Government had instructed the local Planners to allow more housing development with the threat that if it was not agreed locally then Central Government would take over and make decisions which might suit us locals a lot less. I considered it to be heavy-handed at the time and also very short-sighted. In the last couple of generations, we have undergone many culture changes, one of which is the desire for young people to leave home and buy houses of their own. It was usual for these people to stay with the parents until leaving to get married and set up their own homes. As well as the growth in population, this has led to a far greater demand for housing.[/p][/quote]So what was wrong with OCC building roads suitable to deal with the demand before the developments are built and pass the costs on with rates, or better still they could/should have lobbied for funding. The whole of the Oxon problem seems to be that OCC see Oxfordshire as being served by the M4, M40 and A34, no major link roads seem to have been built. The Didcot link to the A34 came about due to the A34 development and warehousing in Didcot, and the Link from Bicester to the M40 came about as part of the M40 extension. Little else has been done. Witney, Thame, Wantage and Wallingford all suffer to varying degrees. The A40 is now a joke and has got progressively worse for the last 25 years, during that time OCC have done ????????? oh yes their two favourites, talk and nothing. the wizard
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2:38pm Tue 16 Oct 12

livedhereforyears says...

Interesting that Steve Hayward is interested in this subject as he is a haulier ! He has been on all of the local councils for many years so what has he done about it before ?
Interesting that Steve Hayward is interested in this subject as he is a haulier ! He has been on all of the local councils for many years so what has he done about it before ? livedhereforyears
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9:28pm Tue 16 Oct 12

the wizard says...

livedhereforyears wrote:
Interesting that Steve Hayward is interested in this subject as he is a haulier ! He has been on all of the local councils for many years so what has he done about it before ?
Yes, totally agree, funny how he sees a different perspective now he is sat behind a different desk, paying his guys to be sat in traffic, stationary traffic at that.
[quote][p][bold]livedhereforyears[/bold] wrote: Interesting that Steve Hayward is interested in this subject as he is a haulier ! He has been on all of the local councils for many years so what has he done about it before ?[/p][/quote]Yes, totally agree, funny how he sees a different perspective now he is sat behind a different desk, paying his guys to be sat in traffic, stationary traffic at that. the wizard
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8:51am Fri 19 Oct 12

nickwilcock says...

I don't normally agree with Steve Hayward's views, but on this occasion he is totally correct.

No new housing should be built near the A40 until the road has been upgraded to dual carriageway standard from Witney to the M40 with roundabout flyovers for through traffic.

Hudspeth is, as usual, completely wrong.
I don't normally agree with Steve Hayward's views, but on this occasion he is totally correct. No new housing should be built near the A40 until the road has been upgraded to dual carriageway standard from Witney to the M40 with roundabout flyovers for through traffic. Hudspeth is, as usual, completely wrong. nickwilcock
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