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No lighting on at roundabout

Reported via mobile in the Street lighting category anonymously at 09:46, Thursday 14 October 2021

Sent to National Highways less than a minute later

All the lights on and around this roundabout are off. I nearly had an accident here at night about a fortnight ago as the unlit roundabout loomed up in front of me. Since then, in the last fortnight, 2 cars have landed in the ditch on the left going downhill towards Brackley and an HGV has crashed straight into the middle of the roundabout. I fear the situation will only get worse when the winter weather causes slippery roads and fog. The main problem at the moment as I see it, is no lights switched on at that roundabout, it used to glow before and you could tell you were getting close. The problem is compounded by the following: Going downhill into Brackley, there is a sign indicating a roundabout ahead as you are coming down that hill but there are no reducing markers to indicate how soon the roundabout comes upon you. Additionally, the roundabout sign shows a left turn to Charlton with a distance of 1.2 miles shown. A quick glance at this large sign could confuse a driver into thinking that there is a distance of 1.2 miles from sign to roundabout - it is more like 500 yards. Even at reasonable speeds downhill, all of a sudden, the roundabout is in front of you. Furthermore, at night, cars and lorries coming uphill on the other side of the dual carriageway, flash for you to dim your main beam, so visibility any distance ahead is compromised and, without any lighting at the roundabout, it can suddenly loom in front of you. At night, without lighting, the chevron on the front of the roundabout both downhill and uphill could indicate a bend in the road and not a roundabout across the road. I travel that route regularly and yet I nearly had an accident there, fortunately I was going quite slowly and was able to stop in time. Last night, as the roundabout is being repaired, there were temporary lights going downhill and a huge tall light on a generator at the road going into Evenley so the roundabout was illuminated and was visible from further away. There must be about 10 street lights already in place around this roundabout but none of them are switched on. The internet shows that this roundabout has been considered an accident black spot for years, why then have all the lights been switched off? I implore you to at least switch all these lights back on as a starting point, whilst the negotiatability of the roundabout is further discussed. I have had a problem with this roundabout even though I travel this road often. With the temporary lights there at the moment, it was much easier to see. This is a very busy road from Oxford to Northampton, with a lot of drivers unfamiliar with the location and proximity of this roundabout, especially at night. Please could you look into this urgently, and at least switch the lights here back on. 3 accidents here in a week show you how dangerous this roundabout

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    Kind regards National Highways

    Posted by National Highways at 12:44, Friday 15 October 2021

  • Hello. It would be good if you could turn off the illuminated diversion signs on the A43 at the weekend,between the M40 and A43/A421.I was going to follow the signs but the A43 was fully open on a weekend.This could have resulted in extra uneccesary HGV mileage for me. Thank you. Michael O'Hagan

    Posted anonymously at 15:29, Saturday 27 November 2021

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