Bizarrely, the council proposes to allow Network Rail to close the roads linking Kidlington to Yarnton and Begbroke as part of it's plan to nearly 2,500 new houses in the green belt between our villages.
Residents have received a letter from Network rail. It outlines their reasons for closing both crossings to traffic and how pedestrian and cycle access might be provided via bridges.Our
understanding the crossing at Roundham Lock will not be affected. Yarnton Lane crossing will have a pedestrian bridge. Sandy Lane will have a ramp to permit cycle and wheelchair passage. (This is
all provisional and based on discussions between the Council and Rail company during to the Local Plan partial review)
We're not sure how this fits in with Cherwell's Local Plan to close Sandy Lane to traffic and build a new halt nearer Kidlington. It doesn't seem at all 'joined up planning'. The closures will be subject to a public consultation and should be challenged.