Monday, 21 August 2017

Most drivers passing through village speed

MORE than half of the drivers passing through Woodcote are speeding, a survey has shown.

MORE than half of the drivers passing through Woodcote are speeding, a survey has shown.

Volunteers borrowed laser detection equipment from Oxfordshire County Council, the highways authority, and measured the speed of vehicles travelling along Greenmore and Reading Road.

Some drivers were going as fast as 60mph, more than twice the speed limit on those roads.

The research was carried out by a working group of the parish council, which wants to identify Woodcote’s traffic problems and propose solutions.

The group was formed on the recommendation of the village’s neighbourhood plan, which was published last year.



The group held an exhibition at the village hall on Saturday and asked residents to give their views. More than 100 took home questionnaires. Councillor Geoff Botting, who is leading the project, said congestion on Reading Road and speeding were the biggest concerns.

He said: “This was a good first step as we’re getting a picture of what people are worried about.

“Their answers weren’t particularly surprising but we wanted to be sure residents had the same concerns as us.

“We’re never going to please everyone but this is a promising first step.”

Once the questionnaires are returned the group will suggest solutions, which could include speed cameras, speed bumps, chicanes or mini-roundabouts.

The parish council will also seek advice from the county council and Thames Valley Police.

Funding could come from the contributions developers have to make when they build new housing in the village.



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