Christmas ‘traffic headaches’

Sallie and Gerry Wright are concerned about the build up of Bicester Village traffic.'111207M-B290
Sallie and Gerry Wright are concerned about the build up of Bicester Village traffic.'111207M-B290

TRAFFIC problems prompted by the popularity of Bicester Village are getting worse, a resident fears.

Sallie Wright, who lives in Colne Close with husband Gerry, pictured, is calling on local authorities to work with Bicester Village to come up with a solution.

Mrs Wright said: “It’s getting worse. In the last few months it’s been worse throughout the week.

“It’s not confined to weekends, it just to be all the time. Just trying to cross the road to get to Tesco is a complete nightmare.

“If I want to go into town to do some shopping you can’t get down Queen’s Avenue because it’s choc-a-bloc.”

Mrs Wright said shoppers park at Tesco when the Bicester Village car park gets full, and then park in nearby residential streets when that fills up.

She said: “At weekends especially, the whole of King’s Avenue is full up with Bicester Village cars. They park all along our street too.

“I get quite annoyed to think I can’t go about my daily business because people want a bargain.”

An Oxfordshire County Council spokesman said a range of measures had been brought in to help manage Christmas traffic at Bicester Village.

Measures included new car park management, police support, extended opening hours, and extra all-weather park-and-ride sites.

Bicester Village spokesman Miranda Markham said: “For the remainder of the year we have secured an additional park and ride venue at Bicester Garrison for weekends through until the new year.

“This is on top of our existing park and ride which is now active for all weekends.”