A GROUP of residents who want to put a stop to speeding cars in their villages have launched a campaign to install speed indication devices.

Villagers in Tubney and Fyfield on Abingdon Road are fed up with their villages being used as rat runs.

Located either side of the A420 the area often has heavy traffic and residents say that many drivers do not pay attention to the 30 mile an hour speed limit.

Residents in the area do not even feel safe walking to each other's houses because they do not have pavements to keep them safe from oncoming vehicles and resort to walking on grass verges.

A group of residents have teamed together to help put a stop to the speeding cars, and group member Jeremy Roche from Tubney highlighted some of the dangers. He said: “One of our group members when they moved into the village, had somebody drive into the back of their car. We regularly watch cars overtaking each other in the 30 mile an hour zone and drivers just ignoring it.”

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Mr Roche explained how councils are helping them make the area safer for pedestrians, cyclists, and other drivers.

He said: “We have been talking with the Parish Council about this for some time and they advised us to form a group, which we did, and to think about what we wanted and as part of that. With Parish Council support we approached Oxfordshire County Council who were very receptive to our problem, and somebody came out from the council and observed the traffic and agreed that we had an issue."

Herald Series: Tubney residents launch fundraiser for speed indication devices to make their road safer
Picture by Ed Nix

Oxfordshire County Council have offered to replace their 30 mile and hour signs, install crocodile teeth on the way into the villages, to put repeater signs on the tarmac and the council has also offered to install three metal poles for speed indication devices. However, the council will not be paying for the speed indication devices.

To fund the speed indication devices Mr Roche has launched a Go Fund Me page with the aim of raising £5,000 for two speed indication devices which they will be able to move between the three poles. Each device is £2,500 and so far, villagers have raised £1,500.

The speed indication devices will also be able to count traffic and record the speed of each vehicle making it easier for residents to collect more data and decide what further action will need to be taken.

To help the villagers reach their target visit 'STOP IT! Slowing Traffic in Tubney and Fyfield' on gofundme.com.

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