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    badger77 wrote:
    How long does it take for road designers to realise that having a massive sign showing the road going straight only for it to bend at a 45 degree angle is asking for trouble when you combine it with the high speed of the vehicles entering the 40 limit.
    This road doesn't bend at a 45 degree angle - it has a slight left curve as you approach the give way line (at which you should stop or approach very slowly until you're sure your entry onto the roundabout is safe).

    The real problem is that people are blinded by their need to get to Bicester Village as quickly as possible.

    We certainly could redesign the roundabout layout, at a cost of many hundreds of thousands of pounds. We could also do what Catherine says and install rumble strips - like they have on the road to Buckingham at the end of the dual carriageway after Finmere. We could simply build the roundabout to be much higher, and more solid, so the idiots who crash into it would never be back for a second go. Or we could put a series of speed cameras on the A34 to catch the idiots who approach the roundabout at 80mph.

    I think commonsense dictates that the cheapest and quickest solution will be to start with rumble strips, and then add other measures if that doesn't work."
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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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