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Give way switch plan
Published 12/05/14



TRAFFIC turning left into Thames Side from Henley Bridge could be given right of way.

Currently drivers have to give way to traffic merging with the road from Friday Street.

Keith Stenning, Oxfordshire County Council’s area steward for south Oxfordshire, told the town council’s traffic advisory committee on Tuesday that the plan was “work in progress”.

He added: “The people we need to get results from were on holiday prior to this.”

Deputy Mayor Martin Akehurst said the proposal “sounds eminently sensible”.


He said: “The motorists that use it are getting frustrated. When they stop and look it backs up to the bridge at peak times.”

But town and county councillor David Nimmo Smith warned: “In the summer it is an area which is used by pedestrians. Anything that slows traffic gets my approval.”



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THE right of way for drivers at a Henley junction could be changed.

Currently, traffic travelling along Thames Side from Henley Bridge has to give way at the junction with Friday Street.

However, this arrangement could be swapped round under plans being considered by Oxfordshire County Council.

Mayor-elect Martin Akehurst told a meeting of the town council’s traffic advisory committee that it was a “sensible” proposal.

He said the current arrangement caused tailbacks to the bridge at peak times and drivers became frustrated.

Town and county councillor David Nimmo Smith said the area was very busy with pedestrians in the summer, so he approved of anything that made drivers slow down.

Published 12/05/14

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