Will our roads cope with the estimated traffic that additional housing developments planned for parts of our District could bring?
WOT officials have mapped potential housing developments alongside the A40 corridor. We are aware that while some of these are certain to go ahead, others are still very much in planning and may therefore not even be developed, but the situation is certainly very worrying.
Even assuming that ‘only’ half of the developments in the map below went ahead this represents approximately 8000 new dwellings, or, 12,000 extra cars on our roads. How can we expect the existing infrastructure to cope with such surge in demand?
A great deal of these new developments are sited close to the A40 (take Carterton, or West Witney for example) and are therefore fully reliant on that road.
We have little doubt in our minds that we need a long-term, reliable public transport solution. If we just waited for the houses to be built it would way too late and would also end up costing us a lot more. Why can’t we start planning long-term now?