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Councillors call for action on speeding on A4047 and A4130

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Oct 5, 2022

GREEN councillors have called for urgent action against speeding on the A4074 and A4130 in South Oxfordshire.

The councillors have accused Thames Valley Police (TVP) and the Police and Crime Commissioner of a ‘dereliction of duty’ after repeated calls for speed limit enforcement on the A4074 and the A4130 have been met with ‘delays and excuses, despite clear evidence of sustained law-breaking’.

In an open letter to Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Barber and outgoing Chief Constable John Campbell, councillors Robin Bennett, Sam Casey-Rerhaye, Andrea Powell and Jo Robb have expressed their frustration and disappointment.

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Local residents and parish councils report that the two stretches of road have become a ‘racetrack’ for bikers, who come from all over the country to drive from Berinsfield to Henley.

Last December, local parish councils along the roads held a meeting with Mr Barber and MP John Howell, who represents Henley, to demand action on speed.

However, more than nine months on residents say nothing has been done and motorbikes and motorists continue to speed along both roads with impunity.

“Parish councils are deeply frustrated at the lack of action despite assurances last year,” said Ms Powell, district councillor for Benson and Crowmarsh.

“It is appalling that TVP is failing to deal with the significant highway safety issue of speed on our local roads.

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“These speeds are so high and the data so alarming that it simply cannot be ignored.”

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This story was written by Gee Harland. She joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

Gee covers Wallingford, Wantage and Didcot.

Get in touch with her by emailing: Gee.harland@newsquest.co.uk

Follow her on Twitter @Geeharland

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