Crossings go into extra time in Oxford for safety

People travelling in and around Oxford may have noticed a subtle change to traffic signals on their journeys.

Oxfordshire County Council has changed the timings on a number of crossings to give more time to people wanting to cross to cut down on potential “bunching” as people make their way from one side of the road to the other.

County Councillor, Cabinet member for Highways Delivery and Operation, said: “It is really important that people continue to observe social distancing when they are out and about.

“By making the changes to the crossing timings we are helping people avoid situations where there could be a temporary build up of people at the kerb.

“The county council is doing a lot of work to encourage active travel across Oxfordshire and people will have noticed cycle routes being cleaned and re-lined, barriers installed in shopping areas to give more pavement space and soon new cycle racks will start to appear.

“All of this work is vital to helping to keep people safe and to retaining some of the health and environmental benefits we started to see when lockdown was at its most strict.”

The time-adjusted crossings are:

High St / Alfred St

St Clements / Alma Place

High St / St Aldates / Carfax

Banbury Rd / Keble Rd

Cowley Rd / Union St

Cowley Rd / Divinity Rd

High St / Catte St

Between Towns Rd

Woodstock Rd / Little Clarendon St

Botley Road / Bridge St

Iffley Rd / The Plain

Cowley Rd / Magdalen Rd

Headington Hill / Brookes Uni

Cowley Rd / Rectory Rd

London Rd / Latimer Rd

Barns Rd / Hockmore St

Cowley Rd / Alma Place

Cowley Rd / East Ave

St Clements / Bath St

Botley Road nr Abbey Rd

Hythe Bridge St / Upper Fisher Row

Woodlands Rd

Marsh lane

London Rd / Headington School

Windmill Rd/Margaret Rd