Saturday, 21 October 2017

Toll rise may bring more cars to village

TRAFFIC in Goring could increase as a result of the Whitchurch Bridge toll rise.

TRAFFIC in Goring could increase as a result of the Whitchurch Bridge toll rise.

The parish council fears that more drivers will take a detour through the village now the toll has risen from 40p to 60p.

This is what happened when the bridge shut for refurbishment in 2013, prompting complaints about speeding and congestion in Goring high street.

Council chairman Kevin Bulmer said that crossing the Thames at Goring might now seem “more attractive”.

The parish council has already asked Oxfordshire County Council for permission to trial traffic-calming measures in the village.



These might include a one-way system in High Street, with eastbound traffic travelling via Glebe Ride.

There are also concerns about the number of heavy goods vehicles passing through Goring unlawfully.

Lorry drivers can only visit if they are doing business in the area but many continue to use the village as a shortcut.

The county council is urging the Government to make it compulsory for goods vehicles to carry commercial satnavs, which warn drivers of local restrictions.

Cllr Bulmer, who is also Goring’s county councillor, said an HGV driver pulled up in Gatehampton Road recently and stated he didn’t know that he couldn’t cross the river there but that he had “access rights”.



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