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'Lethal' cycle lane covered in 'slippery gravel'

The council said it was trying to compact the surface as far as possible

A cyclist has complained that a cycle path installed while roadworks are underway on the A40 is 'lethal'.

Rider Ian Barry said that the temporary cycle lane is covered in 'slippery gravel' and has 'unnecessary sharp bends'. 

Speaking to the Oxford Mail, he said: "To make matters much worse, the gate to access this bike lane from the north side of the A40 is closed at weekends and when there is no construction work going on.

“This means that cyclists approaching Oxford are forced into the main traffic stream, which is considerably narrowed anyway by the construction work, and therefore even more dangerous than usual.

“It shows total disregard for the safety of the considerable number of cyclists who use these paths to access Oxford.”

A spokesperson for Oxfordshire County Council said: “Cyclists using the temporary diversion along the A40 in fact have full access through the area seven days a week and the council can confirm that the gate is not closed or locked at all.

“In addition, the council’s contractor is taking steps to compact the surface as far as possible to improve the temporary path for cyclists.

“Once completed, cyclists will be able enjoy a next generation cycle infrastructure along the A40.”

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