Help keep Headington roadworks safe


People in Headington are being called on to help solve a mystery and keep people safe.

Traffic lights, barriers and signs that are being used as part of the Access to Headington improvement work have been moved a number of times in the middle of the night, putting road users, cyclists and pedestrians at risk.

Engineers have been called out several times to find traffic lights tipped over or turned the wrong way round by the work area at the junction of Old Road-Roosevelt Drive-Gipsy Lane-Warneford Lane.

The team are now calling on anyone who has seen this happen, or who may know something about it, to report it to the police.

County Councillor David Nimmo Smith, Cabinet member for transport, said: “The traffic lights, barriers and signs are there for a very good reason – to keep people safe.

“Turning the lights round is worse than them not being on at all as it potentially gives drivers the wrong information and could lead to accidents.

“The vandalism seems to be happening late at night or possibly very early in the morning, but it only takes one car for there to be an accident.

“It needs to stop now and we are calling on anyone who has seen or know anything to let the police know. In the meantime we will investigate CCTV or extra security, but neither should be needed.”

Anyone with anything to report should contact the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number on 101.