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Below are all the official updates and news releases from the group, including meeting invites, research results, and progress with the campaign goals
The next public meeting will be held in Chilton Village Hall, Chilton, Oxfordshire, OX11 0SH
One of the issues highlighted at the first meeting was vegetation near slip-roads for access onto the A34, as overgrown vegetation (tall grass and overhanging trees and shrubs) result in limited visibility of drivers on the slip-road gaining access onto the A34 dual carriageway. Particular issues were mentioned for the following slip-road junctions:
- Beedon northbound
- East Ilsley southbound
- East Ilsley northbound
- West Ilsley northbound
- Chilton southbound
It was also highlighted that locals are not certain how to have this issue addressed if and when it occurs again, as this is a common problem. One of the first action points of the A34 Action Group was to:
a) Ask Highways England to attend to the current problem areas.
b) Communicate the official system for the public to address this issue directly with Highways England in the future.
On 31st August Highways England was contacted regarding the overgrown vegetation, and today agreed to send a team out to investigate and clear any overgrown vegetation.
Highways England have stated in response to our query that the public can use the following contact details to raise this issue in the future:
Contact the Highways England Customer Contact Centre
Phone: 0300 123 5000
To those that have arrived to the website, this is a short introduction to the group.
This group was founded by a couple of residents from the village of East Ilsley (if you do not know this village, you may have heard it mentioned on local and national radio in connection with traffic problems on the A34, as they often occur in a close vicinity to East Ilsley), after a regocnition of growing concern locally about the safety of users on the A34.
In the past month alone, there have been 6 deaths on the road, between Newbury and Oxford. Quite simply, we do not want another death on this road and aim to reduce the likelihood and severity of any accidents in the future. While residents of neighbouring towns and villages have expressed concern in the past, and campaigned for changes to the road, the answer has been that there have not been enough deaths on the road for it to be considered unsafe. We simply do not feel that is the case and it is horribly tragic that so many lives have been lost in order for it to be recognised that there are safety issues on the road.
Please join us in our campaign to make the A34 a safer road for all users, and help us to reduce the risk so that no-one else has to lose a loved one to this dangerous road. Nothing will change if we do nothing, but it is time something was done.