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    The racer wrote:
    The only way out of this is to straighten the approach, as a proportion of drivers will never look far enough ahead; the empirical evidence so far suggests that the existing curved approach is more than some can cope with - ie, they crash. Moving the roundabout 10-20 metres south-east towards the Wendlebury Road must be a more economical fix than building hundreds of metres of new road to ease the approach. Expensive, but how expensive is clearing up after each RTA?
    If drivers are entering the roundabout SO FAST that they can't manage to keep their vehicle on the tarmac, the solution is NOT to adjust the roundabout to lessen the curve and assist them in negotiating it at such ridiculous speeds - this will simply result in serious or fatal collisions between vehicles, on the roundabout.

    It is not actually possible to enter the roundabout in the proper manner, giving way and being able to stop if necessary, at the speed limit of 40mph (a limit, not a target). However, IDIOTS are attempting to enter the roundabout in excess of this speed, and instead of hitting the roundabout they could easily have hit a car/bike in the side and killed someone.

    These muppets don't realise that the few seconds they "save" by trying to negotiate the roundabout at a wholly inappropriate speed make no difference whatsoever to their journey time. How many times has someone come past you like a bat out of hell, only for you to meet them at a red traffic light or queue of traffic a few moments later. What WOULD make a difference to their journey time (and that of other road users) is learning to drive properly, approaching roundabouts and other hazards at an appropriate speed, in the correct lane, displaying the correct signal, with a greater level of anticipation. Driving progressively, rather than aggressively is the way forward, however there is an unfortunate lack of enforcement when it comes to the overall standard of driving on our roads!"
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Road signs are ‘not working’ at roundabout

Catherine Fulljames

Catherine Fulljames

First published in News

A SECOND councillor has joined calls for warning “rumble strips” to be installed on the approach to a Bicester roundabout.

Catherine Fulljames says planned road signs are a waste of money and raised painted lines should be added to the A41 approach to the new roundabout at the junction with Vendee Drive.

It comes after another accident at the roundabout earlier this month when a man and woman were taken to hospital after their car crashed into the centre of it.

In April, Bicester town councillor Nick Cotter and Oxfordshire County Council member Les Sibley raised safety concerns. He urged the county council to install rumble strips – which make a noise as vehicles travel over them – to encourage drivers to slow down.

The council said it received developer funding that would pay for bigger speed limit signs and yellow-backed chevron signs in a bid to slow traffic.

Ploughley county councillor Mrs Fulljames said: “People are not taking any notice of the 40mph signs. I drive there at 40mph and there are people overtaking me. You can put all the signs up in the world, but there are some that just don’t read them.”

She said the council should consider rumble strips, similar to those on the A43 near Brackley.

Mrs Fulljames also raised concerns about access to the new park and ride, which will also be off the same roundabout, as traffic is fast moving.

County council spokesman Martin Crabtree said: “The signs are being installed by the developer in the next six weeks. There will then be a period of evaluation, after which we would decide whether any additional measures are needed.”

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