Non-TSRGD markings on A4074 south of Littlemore

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Dear Oxfordshire County Council,

I, along with many other cyclists, use the A4074 between the Golden Balls roundabout and Littlemore to commute to work, as it is the only high quality route between Didcot and Oxford, being some 5 miles shorter than National Cycle Route 5.

As a number of homes are being built near Didcot, along with Government initiatives to encourage people to cycle rather than drive, this number is likely to grow exponentially.

Currently there are a number of sections where a combination of the centre of hatchings (diagram 1040.2) has been sandwiched between two double white lines (diagram 1013.1 A).

As the road has very fast traffic and drivers are not permitted to cross to the right of double white lines this creates the dangerous situation where drivers try to squeeze between the cyclist and the double white lines. Bearing in mind traffic is travelling at, or above, 50mph this is very disconcerting for a cyclist and inevitably discourages cycle use by making the road more dangerous for the most vulnerable road users.

Please can you let me know: -

a) If the council has obtained Department for Transport authorisation to use non-TSRGD compliant markings on this section of road.

b) Whether consideration is being given to use markings that are more cycle-friendly next time the road is re-marked (such as diagram 1013.1 B in the centre, possibly with cycle lanes down the side in the extra space created as 1013 B markings can only be a maximum 1200mm wide at most.

Please note I am not interested in opinion as to whether the current markings have made the road safer as they are both not compliant with TSRGD and also clearly make the road less safe for cyclists - as well has the fact there have been a number of fatal accidents with the current road markings.

Thank you for your assistance.

Yours faithfully,

Chris Waites

E&E - FOI, Oxfordshire County Council

Our reference:    6748 EIR

 

 

Dear Mr Waites

 

Thank you for your request of 24 April 2014 in which you asked for
information about non-TSRGD markings on the A4074 south of Littlemore.

 

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Dear Mr Waites,

 

 

Please find attached our response to 6748 EIR.

 

 

Kind Regards

 

 

E&E FOI/EIR & Complaints Co-Ordinators

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