A DISABLED woman has called for roadworks in Bicester town centre to be made more pedestrian friendly.

Susan Paton said disabled people and pedestrians were left marooned on either side of Manorsfield Road because of the work.

The work is the first phase of a £70m scheme by Cherwell District Council and Sainsbury’s to transform the heart of the town centre.

Phase one, which started last August, involves moving the River Bure from one side of Manorsfield Road to the other.

But at the moment both sides of Manorsfield Road have been dug up and the footpath on the east side has been demolished, meaning pedestrians who want to reach shops in Manorsfield Road have to walk there via Market Square.

Mrs Paton, 49, who has ME and Fibromyalgia Syndrome, which leaves her in pain if she walks too far, said: “I want them to make it so people with a disability can get to the shops.

“We need to be able to access the bank and should not have to walk all the way around.”

A spokesman for construction firm Kier Moss said highways inspectors checked the site daily to ensure it met safety standards, but more signs would be placed at the site to direct pedestrians.

He said: “Access around the works is something that we take very seriously.”