We invited Mr Charles Hurst, East West Rail Stakeholder Manager to the Annual Open Parish meeting on 2nd May which provided an opportunity for members of the community to put questions to him and get a further update. In the main these were polite although some questions were quite direct.
The key issues for Stratton Audley has been the proposal to route LGV vehicles (both trucks and vans up to 7.5 tonnes) through the village and the plan to route HGV and LGV traffic flows from Bicester along the A4421 to its’ right hand intersection with Park Road to Charndon Compound via Stratton Park.
With the latter issue of traffic to the Charndon Compound apart from the volumes which may be as high asd 1200 movement a day in the most intensive 3 month period, the main concern is how to make the junction safe and effective plus other mitigation measures necessary.
Regarding traffic through the village, the Parish Council suggested that LGV’s could follow the same route as for HGV’s to get to the no.2 Launton Compound and we are pleased to report that an undertaking to progress this idea was given by Mr Hurst. The route from Stoke Lyne into and through the village, onto the Launton Road will still have to be shown on their maps as they are required to indicate at least two alternative routes. But the assurance which has been put in writing is that the bulk of LGV vehicles will be directed away from the village. This plus other mitigation measures including suitable signage will be a requirement. The likely date for intensive disruption is early 2020 for some 12 weeks. This is subject to the whole plan being put to the Secretary of State and being approved.
For full details read the Minutes from the meeting on 7th Marc