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  • "I said that this roundabout was an accident waiting to happen when plans were made public.

    Waxing lyrical on how the "signs are enough" and "you shouldn't have a licence if you can't drive properly" are all well and good but they won't stop people being bad drivers. Sadly our system allows these people to stay as drivers, and in many cases, regardless of how bad they are.

    It doesn't change the fact that the roundabout is poorly designed if someone approaches it too fast. Pontificating that you shouldn't speed is all well and good but people do and they always will. It doesn't excuse the poorly designed roundabout in the first place.

    When you build a bridge you put side rails on it so people don't fall off. Common sense would tell you not to go so close to the side which negates the need for a side rail preventing you from falling off, but we still put them on there for safety's sake. It's designing safety into something to prevent mishaps and stupidity; something that was not considered when this roundabout was designed and built. The assumption was that people will obey the speed limit on the approach. Sadly, there are many stupid people around and also some that just weren't paying attention hence the high volume of incidents at this roundabout."
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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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