Update on Islip temporary traffic lights

The lights, which are situated either side of the bridge in the village, were put in place in December 2015 for a trial period after concerns were raised locally about pedestrian safety on the bridge due to increased traffic levels.

Concerns have since been raised regarding delays to traffic and queues and so council officers have looked closely at the arrangement on a number of occasions before making a decision.

County Councillor David Nimmo Smith, Cabinet member for transport, said: “The work that we are doing on the A40 at Cutteslowe and Wolvercote roundabouts has resulted in the amount of traffic travelling through Islip and over the bridge across the River Ray increasing by 20%.

“Although the lights mean delays for drivers they effectively enforce single-file traffic over the bridge and allow pedestrians to cross more safely.

“After a number of visits from county council officers and representatives of Thames Valley Police, we have decided that the lights should remain in place with their performance under regular review until work on the A40 roundabouts finishes.

“The lights will be removed when work at Wolvercote and Cutteslowe is complete or earlier if deemed appropriate for safety reasons.”

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