A420 closure ‘will benefit motorists in the long run’

A420 closure ‘will benefit motorists in the long run’

A420 closure ‘will benefit motorists in the long run’

First published in News Herald Series: Photograph of the Author by , Council Reporter, also covering Oxford city centre. Call me on 01865 425429

THE closure of part of a major route through Oxfordshire for seven weeks should be welcomed, it has been claimed.

The A420 at Shrivenham has been declared as “worn-out” and “in need of repair” by Oxfordshire County Council.

For resurfacing work to begin, the road will be shut between the Watchfield Roundabout and the Lower Bourton junction from July 21.

Mayor of Faringdon David Price has welcomed the work.

He said: “The road is in such bad shape that we would welcome the improvements.

“It will be a bit of a roundabout trip to get to Swindon and that will cause commuters some aggravation, but I am hopeful people will avoid the area during the work.

“And if it does actually mean that the trucks start using the M4 then we would be happy about it.”

The council has said it will introduce measures to stop through traffic using unsuitable local roads, but has not said what these are. During the work, it recommends those going to Swindon use the A34 and M4 while local traffic uses the A417 east, A4185 south, A34 south and M4 west.

Some residents have expressed worries over the knock-on effect of the repair work.

George Platt, golf course manager at Shrivenham Park Golf Course, said: “It is difficult to say how much it is going to affect us but it will have an effect.

“People can still get to us through the village but it will take a lot longer to get here and that could have a knock-on effect as people don’t like queuing.

“Then there’s the food deliveries and supplies for the golf course itself, and some of them come on quite big trucks.”

Oxfordshire County Council said: “Although the works will result in disruption, they are essential and should mean that no major road reconstruction will be required on this stretch of road for many years to come.

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“The works are necessary in order to reconstruct the road and consists of carriageway reconstruction, improvement and repair to some of the highway drainage and replacement of the existing safety barrier.”

The road is expected to remain closed until mid-August.

The county council is working on a safety plan for the A420 with district councils.

Earlier this month a Swindon man died in a crash on the road near Faringdon, and a 12-year-old boy, from Southmoor, died after an accident on his bike on the A420 near Southmoor.

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11:38am Wed 30 Apr 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

as long as its legal, I will use which ever is the shortest route, and that aint the M4
as long as its legal, I will use which ever is the shortest route, and that aint the M4 HomerSimpsonDoh
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12:14pm Wed 30 Apr 14

King Joke says...

Trotting along the A420 at 40-50 mph behind a HGV, with only a handful of overtaking opportunities in 30 miles, is no quicker than a constant 70 mph on the A34/M4. I've done both.
Trotting along the A420 at 40-50 mph behind a HGV, with only a handful of overtaking opportunities in 30 miles, is no quicker than a constant 70 mph on the A34/M4. I've done both. King Joke
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12:14pm Wed 30 Apr 14

King Joke says...

Trotting along the A420 at 40-50 mph behind a HGV, with only a handful of overtaking opportunities in 30 miles, is no quicker than a constant 70 mph on the A34/M4. I've done both.
Trotting along the A420 at 40-50 mph behind a HGV, with only a handful of overtaking opportunities in 30 miles, is no quicker than a constant 70 mph on the A34/M4. I've done both. King Joke
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12:17pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

George Platt, golf course manager at Shrivenham Park Golf Course, said: “It is difficult to say how much it is going to affect us but it will have an effect.

“People can still get to us through the village but it will take a lot longer to get here and that could have a knock-on effect as people don’t like queuing.

“Then there’s the food deliveries and supplies for the golf course itself, and some of them come on quite big trucks.”

.........Oh well, never mind, it's only going to affect those with more money with sense then.
Mark Twain was right when he said "Golf is a good walk spoiled"
George Platt, golf course manager at Shrivenham Park Golf Course, said: “It is difficult to say how much it is going to affect us but it will have an effect. “People can still get to us through the village but it will take a lot longer to get here and that could have a knock-on effect as people don’t like queuing. “Then there’s the food deliveries and supplies for the golf course itself, and some of them come on quite big trucks.” .........Oh well, never mind, it's only going to affect those with more money with sense then. Mark Twain was right when he said "Golf is a good walk spoiled" Dilligaf2010
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2:22pm Wed 30 Apr 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

King Joke wrote:
Trotting along the A420 at 40-50 mph behind a HGV, with only a handful of overtaking opportunities in 30 miles, is no quicker than a constant 70 mph on the A34/M4. I've done both.
If you have done that speed at 8.00am in the morning and at 5.00pm coming back then your a liar.
[quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: Trotting along the A420 at 40-50 mph behind a HGV, with only a handful of overtaking opportunities in 30 miles, is no quicker than a constant 70 mph on the A34/M4. I've done both.[/p][/quote]If you have done that speed at 8.00am in the morning and at 5.00pm coming back then your a liar. HomerSimpsonDoh
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