Roundabout a stumbling block for 1,000 homes plan

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COUNCILLORS have backed a 1,000-home site at West Witney but have reservations about a proposed roundabout access on the A40.

West Oxfordshire District Council members discussed the proposed estate, between Downs Road and Deer Park Road, and gave feedback to developer Oxfordshire Land Limited at a meeting on Monday.

The 73-hectare site will include 1,000 homes, a 10-hectare employment area, local centre including shops, a primary school, playing fields, pedestrian and cycle links to the town centre and allotments. The development could also potentially include a pub and a secondary school.

There will be access roads on Downs Road, Curbridge Road and a five-arm roundabout on Downs Road linked to a controversial roundabout on the A40.

The planning application was deferred for continued talks on developer funding and will be discussed again by the council in the spring.

Councillor Jeff Haine said: “The major problem at the moment is the roundabout on the A40.

“It could be something we could live to regret for a great number of years because I think it could be dangerous and lead to shunting accidents.

“We should revisit it and look at a four-way junction, which would be considerably safer.”

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Council leader Barry Norton said: “It is very important not just for this part of Witney but for the rest of the town that we get the junction open at a very early stage of development.”

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12:21pm Wed 19 Dec 12

xjohnx says...

1000 badly needed homes.
I hope everybody is working hard to ensure these homes are available quickly and safely.
1000 badly needed homes. I hope everybody is working hard to ensure these homes are available quickly and safely. xjohnx
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12:30pm Wed 19 Dec 12

parvinder msvarency says...

The roundabout on that stretch of the road would probably not be appropriate, but is the cheap option. A proper junction with 4 slip roads would be ideal, but expensive. But the latter of the 2 would lead to no congestion on the A40 and would be adequate for traffic flows for the foreseeable future, spend a bit extra now, and save on the inevitable "improvements" that would have to be made later and prove more costly.
The roundabout on that stretch of the road would probably not be appropriate, but is the cheap option. A proper junction with 4 slip roads would be ideal, but expensive. But the latter of the 2 would lead to no congestion on the A40 and would be adequate for traffic flows for the foreseeable future, spend a bit extra now, and save on the inevitable "improvements" that would have to be made later and prove more costly. parvinder msvarency
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1:14pm Wed 19 Dec 12

bobbylashley says...

The roundabout would cut down the speed on that part of the A40 as its known locally as the drag strip especially for motor bikes.Another route into Witney will also help with bridge street. By the way when does the shores green option start?
The roundabout would cut down the speed on that part of the A40 as its known locally as the drag strip especially for motor bikes.Another route into Witney will also help with bridge street. By the way when does the shores green option start? bobbylashley
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1:42pm Wed 19 Dec 12

parvinder msvarency says...

Bobby a roundabout would be dangerous on the main A road from London to Wales, look at the bigger picture and not just your own little half mile. This road should have bee dualled all the way to Oxford if a past government had not cancelled it (along with many others) to free up the money to bomb Iraq and provide benefits for immigrants that it thought would vote for them and keep them in power.
Bobby a roundabout would be dangerous on the main A road from London to Wales, look at the bigger picture and not just your own little half mile. This road should have bee dualled all the way to Oxford if a past government had not cancelled it (along with many others) to free up the money to bomb Iraq and provide benefits for immigrants that it thought would vote for them and keep them in power. parvinder msvarency
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3:34pm Wed 19 Dec 12

bobbylashley says...

parvinder msvarency wrote:
Bobby a roundabout would be dangerous on the main A road from London to Wales, look at the bigger picture and not just your own little half mile. This road should have bee dualled all the way to Oxford if a past government had not cancelled it (along with many others) to free up the money to bomb Iraq and provide benefits for immigrants that it thought would vote for them and keep them in power.
You dont go far then there are 6 roundabouts on the A40 from Burford to Headington already. Also main road Wales to London is the M4 last time i looked .Agree with the dual carrigeway for the A40.
I am looking at the bigger picture, more housing, better access to the industrial estates of Witney, Construction work, employment.
Not sure who you get bombing Iraq and benefits for imigants into a local issue but imigrants (legal) are intitled to the same benefits as you and me.
[quote][p][bold]parvinder msvarency[/bold] wrote: Bobby a roundabout would be dangerous on the main A road from London to Wales, look at the bigger picture and not just your own little half mile. This road should have bee dualled all the way to Oxford if a past government had not cancelled it (along with many others) to free up the money to bomb Iraq and provide benefits for immigrants that it thought would vote for them and keep them in power.[/p][/quote]You dont go far then there are 6 roundabouts on the A40 from Burford to Headington already. Also main road Wales to London is the M4 last time i looked .Agree with the dual carrigeway for the A40. I am looking at the bigger picture, more housing, better access to the industrial estates of Witney, Construction work, employment. Not sure who you get bombing Iraq and benefits for imigants into a local issue but imigrants (legal) are intitled to the same benefits as you and me. bobbylashley
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4:18pm Wed 19 Dec 12

parvinder msvarency says...

Bobby I wrote the main "A" road between London and Wales.
Bobby I wrote the main "A" road between London and Wales. parvinder msvarency
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4:34pm Wed 19 Dec 12

bobbylashley says...

parvinder msvarency wrote:
Bobby I wrote the main "A" road between London and Wales.
you also said no roundabouts on the A road what about the 6 that already exist
[quote][p][bold]parvinder msvarency[/bold] wrote: Bobby I wrote the main "A" road between London and Wales.[/p][/quote]you also said no roundabouts on the A road what about the 6 that already exist bobbylashley
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11:55pm Wed 19 Dec 12

nickwilcock says...

It is vital that this roundabout shall be a grade-separated junction and emphatically not a dangerous at-grade junction such as the A420/A415 roundabout at Kingston Bagpuize.

By now the A40 should really be a complete dual carriageway not just from Oxford to Burford but from Wheatley to the M5.

Tin hat time again!
It is vital that this roundabout shall be a grade-separated junction and emphatically not a dangerous at-grade junction such as the A420/A415 roundabout at Kingston Bagpuize. By now the A40 should really be a complete dual carriageway not just from Oxford to Burford but from Wheatley to the M5. Tin hat time again! nickwilcock
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8:47pm Thu 20 Dec 12

parvinder msvarency says...

bobbylashley wrote:
parvinder msvarency wrote:
Bobby I wrote the main "A" road between London and Wales.
you also said no roundabouts on the A road what about the 6 that already exist
I believe that there are about 45 during it's entire length, but none of them introduced into a currently free flowing 70mph stretch.
[quote][p][bold]bobbylashley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]parvinder msvarency[/bold] wrote: Bobby I wrote the main "A" road between London and Wales.[/p][/quote]you also said no roundabouts on the A road what about the 6 that already exist[/p][/quote]I believe that there are about 45 during it's entire length, but none of them introduced into a currently free flowing 70mph stretch. parvinder msvarency
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