Newsletter July 2009
Traffic and Transport Update

At the June meeting of the Banbury Traffic Advisory Committee the Civic Society expressed concern over the difficulties and dangers caused by the sudden narrowing of Ruscote Avenue northbound from two lanes to one beyond the roundabout at Lockheed Close (the junction for Tesco and the retail park). The squeezing together of two lines of traffic can make it quite unpleasant for drivers coming from Tesco and turning left on to Ruscote Ave. towards the Southam Road. The TAC were aware of this, and said the only solution would be the widening of Ruscote Ave. along that section; in time that might be implemented.

It was reported that the Parsons Street pedestrianisation scheme would have an anticipated 40 week period for the necessary repaving and other work connected with it. The construction programme would be suspended for the period of the Michaelmas Fair and the runup to Christmas. The famous “Reindeer” inn sign would be put back in due course. Also work in connection with the new Spiceball Leisure Centre would involve some temporary reduction in the amount of car-parking space available in that vicinity.

The Civic Society had asked that there should be clearer signage between the railway station and the town centre/ bus station, for pedestrians unfamiliar with Banbury. It was suggested that they might be encouraged to use the towpath and the path through the Bridge Street Park, thus avoiding the Bridge Street crossroads. It has nevertheless been suggested that this could cause difficulties for those with heavy luggage, as a small part of the path is very steep. The whole matter is being considered by the authorities.

There does not seem to be anything further to report at the present time on the complex matter of improving car parking at the railway station, although the current Canalside masterplan indicates a large multi-storey station car park to the south of the station concourse.

The phasing of the traffic-lights at the Oxford Rd / Upper Windsor Street junction has had some recent "re-jigging", with the hope of smoother traffic flow. It is understood that the lights at the Bridge Street crossroads are also being given careful consideration, following the Civic Society’s earlier request to try to avoid the frequent long delays caused to traffic turning right from Concord Avenue into Bridge Street.