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EMERGENCY SERVICES CONCERNED BY TRAFFIC CALMING

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Oxfordshire's fire and ambulance services are asking for greater weight to be given to their concerns about the gro...
Oxfordshire's fire and ambulance services are asking for greater weight to be given to their concerns about the growing use of road humps across the county, reports BBC Oxford.

The county council has a list of 600 places where traffic calming schemes have been requested.

Oxfordshire Ambulance Service chief executive Fred Thornley says the humps are a significant hindrance to ambulance crews responding to emergency calls. It was ironic that very often councillors and members of the public complained about response times to calls.

'We are in a no win situation. While we make every effort to respond quickly, if you are inhibited by road humps, how can you do it?' he asked.

Oxfordshire's chief fire officer Maurice Johnson said it was important to strike a balance. Strategic routes should be developed through towns and countryside in which calming measures of the obstructive kind, such as humps would not be installed.

On estates and areas where rat-running risked life and limb of children and residents, it was accepted there was a need to install them. The consultation process was very important.

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