At the last County Council election in 2017, Cllr Emily Smith promised to work for safety improvements to the Wootton Road Roundabout, and it is now, finally, getting a revamp.
The new island in the middle will be enlarged to reduce speeds across the roundabout, new signage and textured surfaces will be used to enhance the cycling and pedestrian paths and the speed limit will be reduced to 30mph.
Securing these safety measures ahead of the new homes being occupied is a real success, however, the layout of the roundabout is still far from ideal for people cycling. The County Council’s policies and resources to work up modern schemes that encourage more people to get out of their cars to walk and cycle more are severely lacking.
Local LibDem Councillors continue to push the county to deliver on their commitment to improve Active Travel.
“It’s great that our efforts to secure a new design have paid off, but like the resurfacing of Northcourt Road, this is a missed opportunity to make it even easier to walk and cycle” explained Cllr Emily Smith “The conservatives at County Hall talk about ‘Active Travel’ but what happens on the ground could be so much better. Without stronger highways design policies and officer resource to work with the community to plan schemes that prioritise people walking and cycling, car journey and congestion will continue to increase.”