LiveOxfordshire flooding updates: Monday, December 3

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Summary

  • New blog replacing the previous one

1:14pm

Only Lower Road in Islip is still closed in our area today, so we think this might be the opportune moment to close this blog off. Thank you for following our updates over the past 10 days, and a special thank you to all the emergency services and public sector workers who minimised the effect of the floods and provided information to the public.

7:35am

Same position on road closures this morning:

  • Clifton Hampden - High Street: Long Wittenham to A415
  • Henley - Mill Lane 
  • Islip -  Lower Road
  • Sutton Courtenay - Abingdon Road

For those who've been out of town over the weekend, Abingdon Road in Oxford is open both ways so the High St traffic ban is back in force.

Seacourt Park and Ride is fully open as well.

9:06pm

Roads closed this evening.

  • Clifton Hampden - High Street: Long Wittenham to A415
  • Islip -  Lower Road
  • Henley - Mill Lane
  • Sutton Courtenay - Abingdon Road

The gritters will not be out tonight given the amount of grit on the roads from previous nights.

8:21am

Some good news on the Flood Warning front. Environment Agency has taken the following off:

  • River Thame in the Dorchester and Overy areas
  • River Thames from Days Lock down to South Stoke, including Dorchester-on-Thames and Overy, Shillingford, Benson, Wallingford, North Stoke and Moulsford
  • River Thames in Abingdon
  • River Thames and tributaries at Kennington near Oxford
  • River Thames and tributaries at New Botley, New and North Hinksey and Grandpont in Oxford
  • River Thames and tributaries in the Binsey, Osney and Osney Island areas in Oxford
  • River Thames and tributaries at Wolvercote in Oxford
  • River Thames between Newbridge and Kings Lock above Oxford including Northmoor, Stanton Harcourt, Bablock Hythe and caravan park, Eynsham, Swinford and Yarnton.

It means there are no rivers on Flood Warning in the county, except stretches of the Thames south of Wallingford.

However the following Flood Alerts are still in place:

  • River Windrush from Bourton to Newbridge including Burford, Asthall, Minster Lovell, Crawley, Witney, Ducklington, Rack End and Standlake
  • River Thames for the Abingdon Area, including areas between Abingdon down to and including Little Wittenham
  • River Thames and tributaries in the Oxford Area, including areas between Wolvercote down to and including Radley and Jericho
  • River Thames and its tributaries from Days Lock to above Pangbourne, including Dorchester and Overy, Shillingford, Benson, Ewelme, Wallingford, Winterbrook, East Hagbourne, South Moreton, North Stoke, Moulsford, South Stoke, Goring and Streatley
  • River Thames and Tributaries from Buscot Wick down to Kings Lock, above Oxford, including Buscot, Kelmscott, Radcot, Chimney, Northmoor, Stanton Harcourt, Bablock Hythe and caravan park, Eynsham, Swinford and Yarnton
  • River Evenlode from Moreton in Marsh to Cassington including, Kingham, Bledington, Milton under Wychwood, Shipton under Wychwood, Ascott under Wychwood, Charlbury, Fawler and Long Hanborough and also the River Glyme at Wootton and Woodstock.
  • River Cherwell and its tributaries from Lower Heyford down to Oxford including Rousham, Enslow, Thrupp and Hampton Poyle
  • River Thame from Marsworth to Dorchester including, Long Marston, Rowsham, North Aylesbury, Cuddington, Thame, Shabbington, Ickford, Waterperry, Cuddesdon, Wheatley, Quarrendon, Drayton St Leonard, Overy, the Chalgrove Brook at Chalgrove and Stadhampton
  • River Ray and its tributaries from Shipton Lee to Islip, including Ludgershall, Blackthorn and Murcott

Flood Alerts mean there is a chance of flooding so be aware.

8:09am

No changes on the closed roads front this morning so far. Still icy out there so again extreme caution on the roads please.

  • Clifton Hampden - High Street: Long Wittenham to A415
  • Islip - Merton to Oddington Turn, Lower Road

  • Murcott – Main road through village, from Pound Lane to Latchmeads

  • South Hinksey - Manor Road

  • Sutton Courtenay - Abingdon Road

  • Wolvercote - Godstow Road

11:09pm

Gritters back out on the roads tonight so take care driving

11:08pm

Roads closed tonight

  • Clifton Hampden - High Street: Long Wittenham to A415
  • Islip - Merton to Oddington Turn, Lower Road
  • Murcott – Main road through village, from Pound Lane to Latchmeads
  • South Hinksey - Manor Road
  • Sutton Courtenay - Abingdon Road
  • Wolvercote - Godstow Road

9:45am

If you've got a bit of time over the weekend, catch up with our picture gallery on the flooding 

9:40am

Flood Warnings this morning

  • River Thames between Newbridge and Kings Lock above Oxford including Northmoor, Stanton Harcourt, Bablock Hythe and caravan park, Eynsham, Swinford and Yarnton
  • River Thames and tributaries at Wolvercote in Oxford
  • River Thames and tributaries in the Binsey, Osney and Osney Island areas in Oxford
  • River Thames and tributaries at New Botley, New and North Hinksey and Grandpont in Oxford
  • River Thames and tributaries at Kennington near Oxford
  • River Thames in Abingdon
  • River Thames from Days Lock down to South Stoke, including Dorchester-on-Thames and Overy, Shillingford, Benson, Wallingford, North Stoke and Moulsford
  • River Thame in the Dorchester and Overy areas

Flood Warning means flooding is likely so take action

9:35am

Message was posted last night, but for you Christmas shoppers, we're told Seacourt Patk and Ride is back fully open.

9:33am

While we are on the downslope of the flooding, the county says firefighters have not been stood down as such: "Fire and Rescue command structures remain in place to support agencies in mitigating the potential flood risk to properties based on the flood warnings issued by the Environment Agency."

9:30am

Road closures according to Oxfordshire County Council

  • Clifton Hampden - High Street: Long Wittenham to A415
  • Drayton St Leonard - main street through village, Stadhampton Road
  • Islip - Merton to Oddington Turn, Lower Road
  • Murcott – Main road through village, from Pound Lane to Latchmeads
  • Oxford - Binsey Lane
  • South Hinksey - Manor Road
  • Sutton Courtenay - Abingdon Road
  • Wolvercote - Godstow Road

9:24am

Binsey Lane in Oxford is also back open

9:23am

So, time to steer well clear of High Street. The bus gate camera will snap you and you'll cop a fine.

9:20am

Abingdon Road in Oxford is now open in both locations, Oxfordshire County Council has just announced.

5:49pm

Further to the Oxford High Street bus gate coming back on, Oxfordshire County Council says the camera will come back on "approximately" 9am so our advice would be err on the side of caution rather than cruising through at 8.58am thinking you're safe.

5:04pm

Following sweeping and gritting by Oxfordshire County Council, southbound traffic is now free to use Abingdon Road and northbound traffic can drive up it as far as Weirs Lane.

The Oxford Bus Company has announced that passengers are now able to leave Oxford heading south and travel on their normal routes  along Abingdon Road to Redbridge.

Buses travelling into the city will now divert along Weirs Lane and Donnington Bridge, before travelling north along the Iffley Road.

The services affected are the Park and Ride 300, the city, X3 and X13 and the 35.

The company is warning traffic will extremely heavy on the remaining routes into the city and passengers may face delays.

It added that there is also likely to be heavy congestion in the city centre and traffic delays can still be expected.

The flooding around Culham has also retreated and the 32 Thames Travel bus service has been able to return to its normal route.

4:57pm

Abingdon Rd is now open southbound. It is still closed northbound between the Old Abingdon Rd and Weirs Lane junctions.

4:56pm

Given the partial re-opening of Abingdon Road, the bus gate restriction in High Street will be reintroduced from approximately 9am tomorrow.

3:36pm

FLOOD warnings are no longer in force along parts of the River Thames in Oxfordshire.

The Environment Agency has announced this afternoon that it is withdrawing its previous alerts at the following locations:

  • The River Thames at Clifton Hampden, Dorchester and Little Wittenham
  • The River Thames at Culham
  • The  River Thames from Buscot Wick down to Shifford including Buscot, Kelmscott, Radcot, Lower Bampton area and Chimney Area

3:31pm

The Met Office is predicting more freezing temperatures and a very small chance of snow flurries for Oxfordshire tomorrow morning.

Scattered showers are also likely, with cooler weather bringing frost and ice from Monday.

3:27pm

Big news on Abingdon Road

A sweeper is being sent to Abingdon Road to clear debris and this will be followed by a gritter, according to Oxfordshire County Council.

The southbound side of Abingdon Road will then be re-opened to traffic leaving Oxford city this afternoon.

The northbound side will remain closed for today as surface water still poses a hazard in some areas – this situation will be monitored with a view to opening the road when possible.

Traffic joining Abingdon Road from Donnington Bridge Road will be able to travel along Abingdon Road either north or south.

3:07pm

Gritters will be out again tonight. And, according to latest Met Office forecast, we maty get light snow in Oxford tomorrow morning!

1:17pm

Ferry Hinksey Road is now open in Oxford, however the traffic lights are still out so motorists are being advised to proceed with caution.

Southern Electric engineers are on site at the moment working on the fault.

12:57pm

Drivers can now access parts of Abingdon Road as temporary bollards preventing motorists from diverting through Fox Crescent have been removed.

A long stretch of Abingdon Road from Folly Bridge to the Kennington Roundabout remains closed to traffic, and we are being told county council officers and PCSOs are enforcing the cordon.

Oxford City Council took the decision to help traffic flow, and now a steady stream  of drivers are using the freed-up road.

12:11pm

Oxfordshire County Council has a recovering from flooding webpage

9:37am

9:37am

Oxfordshire County Council has issued advice on the post-flood clear-up operation.

In the coming days unused sandbags will be collected, including those that were set up as flood defences but did not come into contact with floodwater.

Each district council will be issuing advice on safe disposal of sandbags.

It said for properties damaged by floodwater, contact insurers for advice, and the council is also giving guidance on how to clean up safely and avoid rogue traders who might offer repairs.
 

9:27am

A traffic tweet from half an hour ago

7:58am

Further to Oxford Bus update, non flooding but a couple more problems.

"Sorry to say that due to mechanical problems the 07.25 x13 service from JR Hospital to Abingdon will not be operate.

"Also, the 07.40 4c service from Woodfarm did not operate but has since commenced service from the High Street stop at 07.50."

7:56am

Seacourt park and ride still partially open. 400 bus still serving it.

7:53am

Oxford Bus Company update

"We are still unable to access the Abingdon Road in Oxford. As a result, diversions are still in place on the X3/X13/13 routes and 300 Park&Ride.

"As all vehicular traffic is still restricted by roads made impassable as a result of flooding, expect particularly slow moving traffic during the morning peak.

"Please expect long delays and allow extra time for your journey."

7:47am

Further to the road message, Oxfordshire County Council says a small number may open soon. However "Water being stubbornly slow in receding!"

7:03am

Trains are still running at reduced speed due to the flooding today.

A number of Oxford to Paddington trains have also been cancelled, including the 8.06am.

Our advice is to give yourself plenty of time and check the JourneyCheck website before you set off.

 

6:57am

Good morning. Abingdon Road remains  closed. Seacourt park and ride is again partially opened, with limited spaces. 

The following roads also remain closed - 

 

Clifton Hampden - High Street: Long Wittenham to A415
Drayton St Leonard - main street through village, Stadhampton Road
Islip - Merton to Oddington Turn, Lower Road
Murcott – Main road through village, from Pound Lane to Latchmeads
Oxford - Abingdon Road (between Redbridge Park and Ride and Oxford city centre)
Oxford - Binsey Lane
Oxford - Ferry Hinksey Road (access only to Electric Avenue and West Oxford Community Primary School)
South Hinksey - Manor Road
Sutton Courtenay - Abingdon Road
Wolvercote - Godstow Road

 

10:30pm

9:57pm Thu 29 Nov 12

fred120 says

Penny Black wrote:
I notice that at 4.25 pm you again confirmed that Abingdon Road is still blocked and that police were to enforce this due to the cars still ignoring the 'closed' signs. I have just returned from work (long journey from the City Centre) and have seen no police and more than half a dozen cars flouting the road closed signs as I walked through the area to access where I live. The water washed up by these inconsiderate drivers causes no end of problems. Please don't drive through it!
the thing is the police cant say they were busy as twice tonight i have been buy the little police station in b/leys and the pcso's are just sat there in the place they always hide in. I think someone from the ox mail should ask for a statement from the police to find there reasons for not being there to support the area in a time of need

10:28pm

This is in response to a plea for help to stop drivers going down the closed section of Abingdon Road in Oxford

10:24pm

It makes you wonder sometimes....

9:48pm Thu 29 Nov 12

Wet Feet says

Drivers continuing to ignore Road Closed signs and driving down Abingdon Road, going through flooded water very fast and absolutely soaking residents on the footpaths. Isn't it enough that where're surrounded by flood water, please don't soak us too.

9:54pm

Further to the earlier update, First Great Western's JourneyCheck website is still listing 2am as when it expects the flooding disruption to end. Here's hoping commuters!!

But, in the morning check the JourneyCheck site

9:38pm

Roads scenario tonight much the same as recently.

  • Clifton Hampden - High Street: Long Wittenham to A415
  • Drayton St Leonard - main street through village, Stadhampton Road
  • Islip - Merton to Oddington Turn, Lower Road
  • Murcott – Main road through village, from Pound Lane to Latchmeads
  • Oxford - Abingdon Road (between Redbridge Park and Ride and Oxford city centre)
  • Oxford - Binsey Lane
  • Oxford - Ferry Hinksey Road (access only to Electric Avenue and West Oxford Community Primary School)
  • South Hinksey - Manor Road
  • Sutton Courtenay - Abingdon Road
  • Wolvercote - Godstow Road

9:35pm

Flood Alerts situation tonight:

  • River Windrush from Bourton to Newbridge including Burford, Asthall, Minster Lovell, Crawley, Witney, Ducklington, Rack End and Standlake
  • River Evenlode from Moreton in Marsh to Cassington including, Kingham, Bledington, Milton under Wychwood, Shipton under Wychwood, Ascott under Wychwood, Charlbury, Fawler and Long Hanborough and also the River Glyme at Wootton and Woodstock
  • River Cherwell and its tributaries from Lower Heyford down to Oxford including Rousham, Enslow, Thrupp and Hampton Poyle
  • River Ray and its tributaries from Shipton Lee to Islip, including Ludgershall, Blackthorn and Murcott
  • The River Thames and tributaries from Buscot Wick down to Kings Lock, above Oxford, including Buscot, Kelmscott, Radcot, Chimney, Northmoor, Stanton Harcourt, Bablock Hythe and caravan park, Eynsham, Swinford and Yarnton
  • River Thames and tributaries in the Oxford Area, including areas between Wolvercote down to and including Radley and Jericho
  • River Thames for the Abingdon area, including areas between Abingdon down to and including Little Wittenham
  • River Thames and its tributaries from Days Lock to above Pangbourne, including Dorchester and Overy, Shillingford, Benson, Ewelme, Wallingford, Winterbrook, East Hagbourne, South Moreton, North Stoke, Moulsford, South Stoke, Goring and Streatley
  • River Thame from Marsworth to Dorchester including, Long Marston, Rowsham, North Aylesbury, Cuddington, Thame, Shabbington, Ickford, Waterperry, Cuddesdon, Wheatley, Quarrendon, Drayton St Leonard, Overy, the Chalgrove Brook at Chalgrove and Stadhampton.

9:32pm

Flood Warnings situation tonight:

  • River Thames from Buscot Wick down to Shifford including Buscot, Kelmscott, Radcot, Lower Bampton area and Chimney Area
  • River Thames between Newbridge and Kings Lock above Oxford including Northmoor, Stanton Harcourt, Bablock Hythe and caravan park, Eynsham, Swinford and Yarnton
  • River Thames and tributaries at Wolvercote in Oxford
  • River Thames and tributaries in the Binsey, Osney and Osney Island areas in Oxford
  • River Thames and tributaries at New Botley, New and North Hinksey and Grandpont in Oxford
  • River Thames and tributaries at Kennington near Oxford
  • River Thames in Abingdon
  • River Thames at Culham
  • River Thames at Clifton Hampden, Dorchester and Little Wittenham
  • River Thames from Days Lock down to South Stoke, including Dorchester-on-Thames and Overy, Shillingford, Benson, Wallingford, North Stoke and Moulsford
  • River Thame in the Dorchester and Overy area

Flood Warning means flooding is likely, so take action

9:25pm

We can only endorse what this reader says. Keep your vehicles out of Abingdon Road. It is shut for a reason.

8:14pm Thu 29 Nov 12

Penny Black says

I notice that at 4.25 pm you again confirmed that Abingdon Road is still blocked and that police were to enforce this due to the cars still ignoring the 'closed' signs. I have just returned from work (long journey from the City Centre) and have seen no police and more than half a dozen cars flouting the road closed signs as I walked through the area to access where I live. The water washed up by these inconsiderate drivers causes no end of problems. Please don't drive through it!

8:45pm

Trains running through Oxford are now getting back to normal, says First Great Western, after floodwater on tracks between Kennington and Hinksey receded.

Passengers are still advised to check before setting out to stations as some trains may still be cancelled, delayed or revised at short notice until the end of service tonight.

For the latest information, see FGW's JourneyCheck page here

6:45pm

Trains at Oxford still not running to usual schedule. Delay and cancellations and some service alterations. Our advice: give yourself plenty of time and listen out for platform announcements.

Speed restriction still in force south of the city due to flooding.

6:43pm

Roads continue to be painful tonight. Oxfordshire County Council's congestion map indicates all major routes through and around the city suffering severe congestion.

You can check it out here

6:14pm

The traffic lights at Ferry Hinksey Road and Botley Road in Oxford will remain off all night as engineers cannot access the power feed box.

The control wires are locked inside a county council-owned box which is currently cut off by flooding.

Engineers attempting to fix the problem today said they would try again tomorrow.

The lights were out for two days and coincided with the closure of flooded Ferry Hinksey Road on Tuesday.

5:48pm

More misery awaits rail passengers through Oxford tonight.

Flooding has disrupted travel for three days and the delays in place this morning are still in effect now.

The First Great Western .01 minutes past the hour Oxford to London Paddington services are cancelled.

As are .50 minutes past the hour London Paddington to Oxford services.

The .37 minutes past the hour Oxford to London Paddington will actually start at Didcot Parkway, and the .57 minutes past the hour London Paddington to Oxford will terminate at Didcot Parkway.

Any other trains travelling between Oxford and Reading may be delayed by up to 25 minutes.

4:25pm

We have recently taken this picture to give you an idea of the water level in Abingdon Road. Coincidentally we caught this motorist at the same time. To be clear: Abingdon Road is still shut, the council has requested police go back down so do not break the cordon.

thisisoxfordshire: Abingdon Rd flooding

4:01pm

Kennington Road has reopened and now buses will pick up passengers from stops, according to Oxford Bus Company.

The continued closure of Abingson Road means traffic is still heavy, and the company warned passengers may face delays this evening.

The services that are on diversion are;

city35- will serve St Aldates, Iffley Road, Ring Road to Redbridge park&ride where the normal route will resume.
cityX3, cityX13- will serve St Aldates, Iffley Road, Ring Road to Redbridge park&ride where the normal route will resume.

park&ride 300- will run from St Aldates, Iffley Road, Ring Road to Redbridge.

The park&ride 400 service is running to Seacourt. The car park is now partially open.

All buses will pick up from their normal stops in Oxford city centre before taking their diversionary routes.

4:00pm

Police are now heading to Abingdon Road to enforce the road closure.

Oxfordshire County Council said drivers ignoring the signs are causing waves that can damage houses.

4:00pm

The Environment Agency has asked residents who live near the River Thames to remain vigilant.

It said the river was still responding to the recent heavy rain and still presented a very real flood threat.

3:17pm

The traffic lights at Ferry Hinksey Road and Botley Road are currently out of order.

Oxfordshire County Council said it was meeting with Southern Electric engineers at 3pm to try and resolve the problem.

On the subject of Abingdon Road there is still no news on when it is expected to re-open.

2:12pm

2:10pm

Gritters going out again from 7pm. Icy patches may still form even on gritted roads so be extra careful.

Met Office forecasts at the moment suggest -1 is the low overnight for Witney, -4 in Benson and 0 in Oxford.

1:09pm

Mini picture gallery of the animals rescued in the flood 

and we've got a readers' picture gallery up as well, so email your pictures in to our Picturedesk

12:37pm

Oxfordshire County Council said there are currently no issues with Botley Road, however it is closely monitoring the situation should it change.

The Oxford Bus Company has said that Kennington Road has reopened and the city35 service has returned to its normal route in that area.

The diversion because of the flooding on Abingdon Road is still in place, however.

Stagecoach Oxfordshire has said nothing has changed in regard to its services.

12:14pm

The flood barrier at Kennington slip road has been removed and the road is open again for those trying to get into the village from the city side

12:03pm

We have received reports the B4449 into Standlake from Stanton Harcourt is flooded at the entrance to the village outside the village hall. 

A reader tells us: “The river is flowing across the road and there are no warning signs for motorists.”

11:38am

Flood Alerts as of this morning

  • River Cherwell and its tributaries from Lower Heyford down to Oxford including Rousham, Enslow, Thrupp and Hampton Poyle
  • River Windrush from Bourton to Newbridge including Burford, Asthall, Minster Lovell, Crawley, Witney, Ducklington, Rack End and Standlake
  • River Evenlode from Moreton in Marsh to Cassington including, Kingham, Bledington, Milton under Wychwood, Shipton under Wychwood, Ascott under Wychwood, Charlbury, Fawler and Long Hanborough and also the River Glyme at Wootton and Woodstock
  • River Ray and its tributaries from Shipton Lee to Islip, including Ludgershall, Blackthorn and Murcott
  • River Thames and tributaries in the Oxford Area, including areas between Wolvercote down to and including Radley and Jericho
  • River Thames and its tributaries from Days Lock to above Pangbourne, including Dorchester and Overy, Shillingford, Benson, Ewelme, Wallingford, Winterbrook, East Hagbourne, South Moreton, North Stoke, Moulsford, South Stoke, Goring and Streatley
  • The River Thames and tributaries from Buscot Wick down to Kings Lock, above Oxford, including Buscot, Kelmscott, Radcot, Chimney, Northmoor, Stanton Harcourt, Bablock Hythe and caravan park, Eynsham, Swinford and Yarnton
  • River Thames for the Abingdon area, including areas between Abingdon down to and including Little Wittenham
  • River Thame from Marsworth to Dorchester including, Long Marston, Rowsham, North Aylesbury, Cuddington, Thame, Shabbington, Ickford, Waterperry, Cuddesdon, Wheatley, Quarrendon, Drayton St Leonard, Overy, the Chalgrove Brook at Chalgrove and Stadhampton

11:28am

Flood Warnings as of this morning:

  • River Thames from Buscot Wick down to Shifford including Buscot, Kelmscott, Radcot, Lower Bampton area and Chimney Area
  • River Thames between Newbridge and Kings Lock above Oxford including Northmoor, Stanton Harcourt, Bablock Hythe and caravan park, Eynsham, Swinford and Yarnton
  • River Thames and tributaries in the Binsey, Osney and Osney Island areas in OxfordRiver Thames and tributaries at Wolvercote in Oxford
  • River Thames and tributaries at New Botley, New and North Hinksey and Grandpont in Oxford
  • River Thames and tributaries at Kennington near Oxford
  • River Thames at Culham
  • River Thames in Abingdon
  • River Thames at Clifton Hampden, Dorchester and Little Wittenham
  • River Thames from Days Lock down to South Stoke, including Dorchester-on-Thames and Overy, Shillingford, Benson, Wallingford, North Stoke and Moulsford

Flood Warning means flooding likely and you should take action

11:22am

11:22am

11:10am

LONG delays are still being reported this morning on the A420 into Oxford and Botley Road as drivers try to avoid areas affected by flooding.

The major route from the south-west into the city is experiencing heavy congestion, with queues of around 25 minutes reported to be stretching as far back as Cumnor.

They are believed to be the result of the continued closure of Abingdon Road, as well as the partial closure of Seacourt park and ride, because of flood water.

Thames Valley Police said no accidents had been reported and the volume of traffic was responsible for the delays.

10:41am

Environment Agency staff at Osney say river level for Thames has dropped a wee bit

10:31am

10:02am

Mill Street in Islip has re-opened though other roads in Islip remain closed.

9:42am

If you're travelling First Great Western today remember to check its journey check website first 

9:40am

Flooding is still causing disruption to trains in the Oxford area.

For First Great Western all 01 minutes past the hour Oxford to London Paddington services are cancelled, as are the 50 minutes past the hour London Paddington to Oxford services.

The 37 minutes past the hour Oxford to London Paddington will start at Didcot Parkway, and the 57 minutes past the hour London Paddington to Oxford will terminate at Didcot Parkway.

Any other trains travelling between Oxford and Reading may be delayed by up to 25 minutes.

And the CrossCountry between Oxford and Reading is  delayed by 15 minutes.

9:39am

Here's the information from First Great Western:

Owing to flooding between Oxford and Didcot Parkway trains have to run at reduced speed on all lines.
Impact:
Train services running through these stations may be cancelled or delayed by up to 25 mins at short notice. Disruption is expected until 02:00 30/11.
Customer Advice:
A reduced train service will operate between Didcot Parkway and Oxford in both directions.

9:32am

That includes the 10.01 from Oxford to Newcastle, including to Banbury and Birmingham, is cancelled

9:28am

Some trains, both First Great western and CrossCountry, being cancelled between Reading and Oxford being cancelled this morning due to flooding.

8:05am

We are being told ticket machines at the Seacourt Park and Ride remain inaccessible and staff are allowing people to park and ride for free, so the spaces are predicted to fill up quickly.

8:04am

Oxford Bus Company reports there has been no change to the situation overnight, the same diversions are still in place.

The Abingdon Road and Kennington  Road through Kennington Village and are still closed.

The services that are on diversion are;

city35- will serve St Aldates, Iffley Road, Ring Road to Redbridge park&ride. It will divert via Old Boars Hill to Bagley Wood Road then Kennington Road where the normal route will resume.

cityX3, cityX13- will serve St Aldates, Iffley Road, Ring Road to Redbridge park&ride where the normal route will resume.

park&ride 300- will run from St Aldates, Iffley Road, Ring Road to Redbridge.

The park&ride 400 service is still running to Seacourt even though the car park is closed

All buses will pick up from their normal stops in Oxford city centre before taking their diversionary routes.
 

7:58am

Good morning - Abingdon Road remains closed to traffic this morning.

However, Seacourt Park and Ride has partially reopened. Spaces are limited and the county council advises they will fill up quickly.

 

6:53am

Yesterdays road closures still remain in place.

Oxfordshire County Council advises that while water levels are dropping they are doing so slowly.

The following roads are still closed:


Clifton Hampden - High Street: Long Wittenham to A415
Drayton St Leonard - main street through village, Stadhampton Road
Islip - Merton to Oddington Turn, Lower Road and Mill Street - one-way system in place
Murcott – Main road through village, from Pound Lane to Latchmeads
Oxford - Abingdon Road (between Redbridge Park and Ride and Oxford city centre)
Oxford - Binsey Lane
Oxford - Ferry Hinksey Road (access only to Electric Avenue and New Hinksey school)
Play Hatch - Spring Lane
Sonning Eye - B478: Playhatch Road to Sonning Bridge
South Hinksey - Manor Road
Sutton Courtenay - Abingdon Road
Wolvercote - Godstow Road

10:22pm

9:32pm

Flood Warnings tonight:

  • River Thames from Buscot Wick down to Shifford including Buscot, Kelmscott, Radcot, Lower Bampton area and Chimney Area
  • River Thames between Newbridge and Kings Lock above Oxford including Northmoor, Stanton Harcourt, Bablock Hythe and caravan park, Eynsham, Swinford and Yarnton.
  • River Thames and tributaries at Wolvercote in Oxford
  • River Thames and tributaries at New Botley, New and North Hinksey and Grandpont in Oxford
  • River Thames and tributaries in the Binsey, Osney and Osney Island areas in Oxford
  • River Thames and tributaries at Kennington near Oxford
  • River Thames at Clifton Hampden, Dorchester and Little Wittenham
  • River Thames at Culham
  • River Thames in Abingdon
  • River Thames from Days Lock down to South Stoke, including Dorchester-on-Thames and Overy, Shillingford, Benson, Wallingford, North Stoke and Moulsford
  • River Thame in the Dorchester and Overy areas

Flood Warnings means flooding is likely so take action

9:22pm

Road closures in Oxfordshire remain the same tonight, including, of course, Abingdon Road.

9:18pm

Trains still an issue in Oxford tonight. 21.21 to Reading cancelled. 21.21 to Malvern delayed with no time estimated 

6:49pm

More good news as a couple of rivers come off Flood Warning status:

  • River Cherwell and its tributaries from Charwelton to just above Upper Heyford, including Woodford Halse, Edgcote, Cropredy, Marston St Lawrence, Banbury, Kings Sutton, Hook Norton
  • River Cherwell at Oxford from Cherwell Bridge to the Thames confluence north of New Hinksey, including parts of Summertown, New Marston and Magdalen Bridge areas
  • River Ock from Watchfield to Abingdon, including Stanford in the Vale, Charney Bassett, Lyford and Garford, and also the Letcombe Brook at Wantage, Grove and East Hanney.

6:23pm

Brian Warren has alerted us to the situation in Kennington for our friends there:
“Access roads to Kennington (city end) still blocked off due to floods, and the 35 bus is not running through.”

6:10pm

And as a reminder, here's the council's list of closed roads

  • Clifton Hampden - High Street: Long Wittenham to A415
  • Drayton St Leonard - main street through village, Stadhampton Road
  • Islip - Merton to Oddington Turn, Lower Road and Mill Street - one-way system in place
  • Murcott – Main road through village, from Pound Lane to Latchmeads
  • Oxford - Abingdon Road (between Redbridge Park and Ride and Oxford city centre)
  • Oxford - Binsey Lane
  • Oxford - Ferry Hinksey Road (access only to Electric Avenue and New Hinksey school)
  • South Hinksey - Manor Road
  • Sutton Courtenay - Abingdon Road
  • Wolvercote - Godstow Road

6:09pm

Here's the Oxfordshire County Council map showing congestion and road closures 

6:07pm

Report that man fell into swollen Thames at Folly Bridge was a false alarm, say emergency services. Story at oxfordmail.co.uk/news/10076582.Update__Emergency_services_standing_down_at_Folly_Bridge_over_false_alarm/

6:06pm

6:05pm

First Great Western trains are saying delays and cancellations on its services may continue through to 2am due to the flooding near Redbridge and Kennington.

Trains are having to run at reduced speeds.

Advice is to check details on the Journey Checker website before setting off.

 

4:54pm

From Oxfordshire County Council and we can only endorse it:

Particular problem with people ignoring "road closed" signs in Clifton Hampden this evening. Please don't. In Clifton Hampden or elsewhere.

4:51pm

Following our traffic service posting, delighted to get some information from someone on the ground:

4:46pm Wed 28 Nov 12

jonny1976 says

Kidlington, Mill Street and Evans Lane open and dry as a bone. not sure where reports it was closed has come from

4:51pm

Stagecoach Oxfordshire have sent an update:

The following services are still subject to diversions due to the flooding on Abingdon Road.
Route 16 - We are unable to serve Abingdon Road or Donnington Bridge. Buses are running via Iffley Road. 
Buses are still picking up at St Aldate's stop H3 in the city centre.
Routes 31/34 - We are unable to serve Abingdon Road in Oxford. Buses are running via the ring road and Iffley Road. 
Buses are still picking up at St Aldate's stop H4 in the city centre.

 

The last update from Oxford Bus Company from first thing this morning is still applicable:

X3/X13 Abingdon services continue on diversion due to the closure of the Abingdon Road in Oxford.

300 Park&Ride to Redbridge is also diverted.

These services will go from St Aldate's in Oxford along High Street, Iffley Road and the bypass, up to Redbridge Park&Ride then back to the bypass and on the A34. Expect delays and longer journey time.

Seacourt Park&Ride car park remains closed, but the 400 service will continue to travel on its normal route.

Kidlington services have returned to normal.

X3/X13 and 300 Redbridge are still on diversion due to the closure of the Abingdon Road in Oxford.

Kennington 35 service is continuing on diversion Bagley Wood Road / Old Boar's Hill in both directions.
 

4:05pm

The Met Office has issued a an ice warning for Oxfordshire.

Temperatures are expected to fall below freezing overnight, and the public has been advised to take care on roads and pavements.

3:43pm

First Great Western are saying re trains for your journey tonight: "Flooding south of Oxford - A temporary speed restriction is in place south of Oxford leading to slightly longer journey times between the North Cotswolds/Oxford and Reading/London Paddington."

It is advising anyone travelling to check its journey checker before they leave.

3:30pm

Our traffic service telling us Evans Lane in Kidlington closed due to flooding at Mill Street. Also affecting Queens Avenue at Cherwell Avenue.

However, we do not have that confirmed from Oxfordshire County Council.

3:10pm

THE Environment Agency has warned Oxfordshire residents against complacency.

There are currently four flood warnings in place in the Oxford area, however despite rain easing off river levels are still expected to rise.

Forecasts suggest the region will experience a dry but cold few days heading into the weekend, with a chance of frost, and residents have been told to remain vigilant as rivers are still responding to the heavy rainfall of the past week.

Spokesman Michelle Southby said: "After several days of heavy rain the ground is saturated and flood water from small watercourses continues to flow into larger rivers like the Thames.

"The Environment Agency is carefully monitoring the levels in these rivers and will issue flood warnings if necessary."

Levels along the Windrush and Evenlode rivers in Oxfordshire remain high but are stabilising.

These rivers are tributaries of the Thames and will continue to influence the rate of fall on the Thames.

Levels also remain high on the River Cherwell in the Oxford area.

Environment Agency-owned demountable defences also continue to be used at Vicarage Lane, Grandpont, Oxford and at Osney Island.

Pumps are used at Duke Street and Bridge Street in Oxford.

2:24pm

Our online picture gallery of flooding images is still up 

2:13pm

South Ox District Council says sandbags are available at the Kingfisher in Shillingford

2:08pm

Oxfordshire County Council says its gritters will be out tonight from 7, but adds: "Icy patches may form even on gritted roads due to the amount of water so be extra careful."

To feed into that Met Office forecast is no rain but temperatures in Oxford to dip to 1degC. Out at Benson the forecast temperature is -1. Witney looking like 0-1.

12:51pm

Update from Network Rail:

Flooding is causing disruption in the Oxford area and the following changes will apply until further notice:

First Great Western:

  • The 01 minutes past the hour Oxford to London Paddington services are cancelled.
  • The 50 minutes past the hour London Paddington to Oxford services are cancelled.
  • The 37 minutes past the hour Oxford to London Paddington will start at Didcot Parkway.
  • The 57 minutes past the hour London Paddington to Oxford will terminate at Didcot Parkway.
  • Any other trains travelling between Oxford and Reading may be delayed by up to 15 minutes.

 

CrossCountry:
Trains between Oxford and Reading may be delayed by up to 15 minutes.

12:39pm

Today's contender for picture of the day??
 

12:12pm

Latest list of road closures via Oxfordshire County Council. Roads in Kidlington all open, they say.

  • Clifton Hampden - High Street: Long Wittenham to A415
  • Drayton St Leonard - main street through village, Stadhampton Road
  • Islip - Merton to Oddington Turn, Lower Road and Mill Street - one-way system in place
  • Murcott – Main road through from Pound Lane to Latchmeads
  • Oxford - Abingdon Road (between Redbridge Park and Ride and Oxford city centre)
  • Oxford - Binsey Lane
  • Oxford - Ferry Hinksey Road (access only to Electric Avenue and New Hinksey school)
  • South Hinksey - Manor Road
  • Sutton Courtenay - Abingdon Road
  • Wolvercote - Godstow Road

12:02pm

Interesting video from our friends at the Environment Agency about the work they've done in Oxford

11:31am

10:55am

Road closure in Murcott. The main road through from Pound Lane to Latchmeads is now closed.

10:51am

10:44am

Bit late, sorry, but no schools closed today due to flooding

10:42am

From Oxfordshire County Council: Dry Lane in Crawley is dry once more! It has re-opened after flooding.

10:41am

Updated Flood Alerts as well...

  • River Cherwell and its tributaries from Charwelton to just above Upper Heyford including Woodford Halse, Edgcote, Cropredy, Marston St Lawrence, Banbury, Kings Sutton, Hook Norton
  • River Cherwell and its tributaries from Lower Heyford down to Oxford including Rousham, Enslow, Thrupp and Hampton Poyle
  • River Windrush from Bourton to Newbridge including Burford, Asthall, Minster Lovell, Crawley, Witney, Ducklington, Rack End and Standlake
  • River Evenlode from Moreton in Marsh to Cassington including, Kingham, Bledington, Milton under Wychwood, Shipton under Wychwood, Ascott under Wychwood, Charlbury, Fawler and Long Hanborough and also the River Glyme at Wootton and Woodstock
  • River Ray and its tributaries from Shipton Lee to Islip, including Ludgershall, Blackthorn and Murcott
  • River Thames and tributaries from Buscot Wick down to Kings Lock, above Oxford, including Buscot, Kelmscott, Radcot, Chimney, Northmoor, Stanton Harcourt, Bablock Hythe and caravan park, Eynsham, Swinford and Yarnton
  • River Thames and tributaries in the Oxford Area, including areas between Wolvercote down to and including Radley and Jericho
  • River Thames for the Abingdon area, including areas between Abingdon down to and including Little Wittenham
  • River Thames and its tributaries from Days Lock to above Pangbourne, including Dorchester and Overy, Shillingford, Benson, Ewelme, Wallingford, Winterbrook, East Hagbourne, South Moreton, North Stoke, Moulsford, South Stoke, Goring and Streatley
  • River Ock from Watchfield to Abingdon including, Stanford in the Vale, Charney Bassett, Lyford and Garford, and also the Letcombe Brook at Wantage, Grove and East Hanney
  • River Thame from Marsworth to Dorchester including, Long Marston, Rowsham, North Aylesbury, Cuddington, Thame, Shabbington, Ickford, Waterperry, Cuddesdon, Wheatley, Quarrendon, Drayton St Leonard, Overy, the Chalgrove Brook at Chalgrove and Stadhampton

10:30am

Updated Flood Warnings for you all this morning

  • River Thames from Buscot Wick down to Shifford including Buscot, Kelmscott, Radcot, Lower Bampton area and Chimney Area
  • River Thames between Newbridge and Kings Lock above Oxford including Northmoor, Stanton Harcourt, Bablock Hythe and caravan park, Eynsham, Swinford and Yarnton
  • River Thames and tributaries at Wolvercote in Oxford
  • River Thames and tributaries in the Binsey, Osney and Osney Island areas in Oxford
  • River Thames and tributaries at New Botley, New and North Hinksey and Grandpont in Oxford
  • River Thames and tributaries at Kennington near Oxford
  • River Thames from Days Lock down to South Stoke, including Dorchester-on-Thames and Overy, Shillingford, Benson, Wallingford, North Stoke and Moulsford
  • River Thames at Clifton Hampden, Dorchester and Little Wittenham
  • River Thames at Culham
  • River Thames in Abingdon
  • River Cherwell at Oxford from Cherwell Bridge to the Thames confluence north of New Hinksey, including parts of Summertown, New Marston and Magdalen Bridge areas

Flood Warning means flooding is likely and you should take action

10:15am

 

9:29am

Environment Agency at Osney say Thames dropped an inch since last night. Water draining from fields to come but they hope no more serious rises

9:18am

Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre re-opens today - though with restricted access given Abingdon Road is still closed.

9:14am

9:10am

9:03am

9:01am

And...

Service update:
X3/X13 and 300 Redbridge are still on diversion due to the closure of the Abingdon Road in Oxford.
Kennington 35 service is continuing on diversion Bagley Wood Road / Old Boar's Hill in both directions.
Kidlington services are back on normal routes as Mill Street and Evans Lane have reopened.

9:01am

Oxford Bus Company: Service Update:

X3/X13 Abingdon services continue on diversion due to the closure of the Abingdon Road in Oxford.
300 Park&Ride to Redbridge is also diverted.
These services will go from St Aldates in Oxford along High Street, Iffley Road and the bypass, up to Redbridge Park&Ride then back to the bypass and on the A34. Expect delays and longer journey time.

Seacourt Park&Ride car park remains closed, but the 400 service will continue to travel on its normal route.

Kidlington services have returned to normal.

8:55am

8:24am Wed 28 Nov 12

jonny1976 says

Work in Begbroke and can see cars on A44 stretching back to Woodstock now.

8:14am

8:13am

8:05am

Trains have been suspended between Didcot and Oxford. Replacement bus service. Believe this is First Great Western 

7:59am

7:55am

Due to the flooding in and around Oxford, a number of Oxford Bus Company services are still being diverted.

Mill Street in Kidlington has reopened but  Kennington Road through Kennington Village and the Abingdon Road are still closed.

The services that are on diversion are;

city35- will serve St Aldates, Iffley Road, Ring Road to Redbridge park&ride. It will divert via Old Boars Hill to Bagley Wood Road then Kennington Road where the normal route will resume.

cityX3, cityX13- will serve St Aldates, Iffley Road, Ring Road to Redbridge park&ride where the normal route will resume.

park&ride 300- will run from St Aldates, Iffley Road, Ring Road to Redbridge.

All buses will pick up from their normal stops in Oxford city centre before taking their diversionary routes.

7:53am

7:45am Wed 28 Nov 12

jonny1976 says

A44 at Yarnton building up with heavy traffic as more people are going into Oxford on the Banbury & Woodstock Roads

7:49am

One reader has said there were no trains between Didcot and Oxford but we stress we have not been able to confirm that. Our advice at the moment is at least give extra time. Will try to confirm as quick as we can

7:32am

First Great Western saying disruptions due to flooding. CrossCountry say delays up to 20 mins. Hunting for more detailed info

7:28am

Drivers can still use High Street in Oxford this morning because Abingdon Road is closed. Castle Street, George Street and Magdalen St East and West bus gate cameras are still in operation though.

7:09am

All roads closed because of the flooding last night remain closed including Abingdon Road, Ferry Hinksey Lane and Binsey Lane.
Botley Road is still open but heavily flooded so drivers are advised to drive slowly.
The Seacourt park and ride remains closed. Updates to follow throughtout the day.

7:08am

Road closures are currently in place at:
Crawley - Dry Lane
Drayton St Leonard - main street through village
Islip - Merton to Oddington Turn
Islip - Lower Road
Islip - Mill Street
Kidlington - Evans Lane and Queens Avenue
Oxford - Abingdon Road
Oxford - Ferry Hinksey Road (access only to Electric Avenue and West Oxford Primary School)
Oxford - Old Abingdon Road
Sonnning Eye - Playhatch Road (B478)
South Hinksey - Manor Road
Sutton Courtenay - Abingdon Road
Wolvercote - Godstow Road

7:08am

Good morning. This is a new blog replacing the previous one, which became too long for some readers to load. The old archive can be accessed here

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7:45am Wed 28 Nov 12

jonny1976 says...

A44 at Yarnton building up with heavy traffic as more people are going into Oxford on the Banbury & Woodstock Roads
A44 at Yarnton building up with heavy traffic as more people are going into Oxford on the Banbury & Woodstock Roads jonny1976
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8:24am Wed 28 Nov 12

jonny1976 says...

Work in Begbroke and can see cars on A44 stretching back to Woodstock now.
Work in Begbroke and can see cars on A44 stretching back to Woodstock now. jonny1976
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9:06am Wed 28 Nov 12

Sophia says...

This has been a very helpful service at a worrying time, very uptodate and informative and frankly, puts BBC Oxford to shame, many thanks, 'Times'
This has been a very helpful service at a worrying time, very uptodate and informative and frankly, puts BBC Oxford to shame, many thanks, 'Times' Sophia
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10:46am Wed 28 Nov 12

Jason Collie says...

Sophia wrote:
This has been a very helpful service at a worrying time, very uptodate and informative and frankly, puts BBC Oxford to shame, many thanks, 'Times'
Thank you very much for saying so. We're trying.
[quote][p][bold]Sophia[/bold] wrote: This has been a very helpful service at a worrying time, very uptodate and informative and frankly, puts BBC Oxford to shame, many thanks, 'Times'[/p][/quote]Thank you very much for saying so. We're trying. Jason Collie
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12:23pm Wed 28 Nov 12

Man on the Green says...

Wonderful service! Thank you so much. A real boon, and I'm sad to say that I agree with Sophia. They are paid to provide a public service. You are a commercial organisation. It confirms, if that were needed, how lucky we are to have such a vibrant local press in Oxfordshire.
Wonderful service! Thank you so much. A real boon, and I'm sad to say that I agree with Sophia. They are paid to provide a public service. You are a commercial organisation. It confirms, if that were needed, how lucky we are to have such a vibrant local press in Oxfordshire. Man on the Green
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4:46pm Wed 28 Nov 12

jonny1976 says...

Kidlington, Mill Street and Evans Lane open and dry as a bone. not sure where reports it was closed has come from
Kidlington, Mill Street and Evans Lane open and dry as a bone. not sure where reports it was closed has come from jonny1976
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6:13pm Wed 28 Nov 12

Watch your back says...

Would it be possible for someone to explain why on earth these idiots with canoes if it necessary to paddle in sewage water. What are they attempting to prove? They go to great lengths to get their canoes to the flood water only to paddle for approx 100-200m, brainless prats if you ask me! Most canoeists want White water not **** water!
Would it be possible for someone to explain why on earth these idiots with canoes if it necessary to paddle in sewage water. What are they attempting to prove? They go to great lengths to get their canoes to the flood water only to paddle for approx 100-200m, brainless prats if you ask me! Most canoeists want White water not **** water! Watch your back
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5:51am Thu 29 Nov 12

Myron Blatz says...

Already we see that Labour is blaming the floods on the Coalition Government - not so much for the weather, as for cuts to the various Agencies which deal with floods and other disasters. Yet it was a Labour government, and not 'Cameron's Cavaliers' which chopped £200 million off funding, back in 2006. Maybe a few hundred £millions might be a 'drop in the ocean' compared to overall government spending (by any political Party) but had that money been invested in helping to try and address issues, the effects of flooding might have been reduced, and the cost of clearing-up and repairing damage caused by flooding, also reduced. If, as now seems likely, we get a cold Winter with snow, then we'll have frozen ground which won't soak-up groundwater, and more floodwater when the snow thaws. So, it could yet prove to be a very costly Winter - even if some parts of the UK might enjoy a White Christmas! As for all the cut-backs which the Country is suffering from, and the lack of investment because of those cut-backs, let's just remember that the government didn't put the UK into massive debt for the benefit of the children, the sick, the old people, the homeless or those who so very much need our help, but to bail-out the greedy banks and financial institutions from the very 'sea of mayhem and disaster' which they had created - and that government wasn't led by the Tories and LibDems, but by Labour! So, it's somewhat ironic that whilst Labour-led City Council is spending £millions on a new swimming pool for Blackbird Leys (which only Labour seems to have really wanted) it seems incapable of helping to invest in flood protection for the thousands of homes and businesses which have once more been affected by flooding.
Already we see that Labour is blaming the floods on the Coalition Government - not so much for the weather, as for cuts to the various Agencies which deal with floods and other disasters. Yet it was a Labour government, and not 'Cameron's Cavaliers' which chopped £200 million off funding, back in 2006. Maybe a few hundred £millions might be a 'drop in the ocean' compared to overall government spending (by any political Party) but had that money been invested in helping to try and address issues, the effects of flooding might have been reduced, and the cost of clearing-up and repairing damage caused by flooding, also reduced. If, as now seems likely, we get a cold Winter with snow, then we'll have frozen ground which won't soak-up groundwater, and more floodwater when the snow thaws. So, it could yet prove to be a very costly Winter - even if some parts of the UK might enjoy a White Christmas! As for all the cut-backs which the Country is suffering from, and the lack of investment because of those cut-backs, let's just remember that the government didn't put the UK into massive debt for the benefit of the children, the sick, the old people, the homeless or those who so very much need our help, but to bail-out the greedy banks and financial institutions from the very 'sea of mayhem and disaster' which they had created - and that government wasn't led by the Tories and LibDems, but by Labour! So, it's somewhat ironic that whilst Labour-led City Council is spending £millions on a new swimming pool for Blackbird Leys (which only Labour seems to have really wanted) it seems incapable of helping to invest in flood protection for the thousands of homes and businesses which have once more been affected by flooding. Myron Blatz
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7:09am Thu 29 Nov 12

Annie Star says...

I'd like to add my thanks to the Oxford Mail for giving us constant up-to-date information. I live very close to Vicarage Lane and am grateful not only to you for your updates, but also to the council, emergency services and environment agency for working so hard for us 24/7in pretty miserable conditions.
Totally agree about BBC Oxford and don't know why they even bother. I gave up looking at their website a long time ago.
I'd like to add my thanks to the Oxford Mail for giving us constant up-to-date information. I live very close to Vicarage Lane and am grateful not only to you for your updates, but also to the council, emergency services and environment agency for working so hard for us 24/7in pretty miserable conditions. Totally agree about BBC Oxford and don't know why they even bother. I gave up looking at their website a long time ago. Annie Star
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7:26am Thu 29 Nov 12

Sophia says...

Far from clear what Myron is complaining about - perhaps life generally - but more constructively, I'm impressed by the way the various agencies have worked together on flood prevention efforts and the amount of investment in Oxford over recent years in investigating problems, clearing water courses and preparing emergency pumps and barriers. There's no doubt they have saved peoples homes this time and no doubt in future. I'm impressed and grateful, as I am sure many others are.
Far from clear what Myron is complaining about - perhaps life generally - but more constructively, I'm impressed by the way the various agencies have worked together on flood prevention efforts and the amount of investment in Oxford over recent years in investigating problems, clearing water courses and preparing emergency pumps and barriers. There's no doubt they have saved peoples homes this time and no doubt in future. I'm impressed and grateful, as I am sure many others are. Sophia
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8:14pm Thu 29 Nov 12

Penny Black says...

I notice that at 4.25 pm you again confirmed that Abingdon Road is still blocked and that police were to enforce this due to the cars still ignoring the 'closed' signs. I have just returned from work (long journey from the City Centre) and have seen no police and more than half a dozen cars flouting the road closed signs as I walked through the area to access where I live. The water washed up by these inconsiderate drivers causes no end of problems. Please don't drive through it!
I notice that at 4.25 pm you again confirmed that Abingdon Road is still blocked and that police were to enforce this due to the cars still ignoring the 'closed' signs. I have just returned from work (long journey from the City Centre) and have seen no police and more than half a dozen cars flouting the road closed signs as I walked through the area to access where I live. The water washed up by these inconsiderate drivers causes no end of problems. Please don't drive through it! Penny Black
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9:48pm Thu 29 Nov 12

Wet Feet says...

Drivers continuing to ignore Road Closed signs and driving down Abingdon Road, going through flooded water very fast and absolutely soaking residents on the footpaths. Isn't it enough that where're surrounded by flood water, please don't soak us too.
Drivers continuing to ignore Road Closed signs and driving down Abingdon Road, going through flooded water very fast and absolutely soaking residents on the footpaths. Isn't it enough that where're surrounded by flood water, please don't soak us too. Wet Feet
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9:57pm Thu 29 Nov 12

fred120 says...

Penny Black wrote:
I notice that at 4.25 pm you again confirmed that Abingdon Road is still blocked and that police were to enforce this due to the cars still ignoring the 'closed' signs. I have just returned from work (long journey from the City Centre) and have seen no police and more than half a dozen cars flouting the road closed signs as I walked through the area to access where I live. The water washed up by these inconsiderate drivers causes no end of problems. Please don't drive through it!
the thing is the police cant say they were busy as twice tonight i have been buy the little police station in b/leys and the pcso's are just sat there in the place they always hide in. I think someone from the ox mail should ask for a statement from the police to find there reasons for not being there to support the area in a time of need
[quote][p][bold]Penny Black[/bold] wrote: I notice that at 4.25 pm you again confirmed that Abingdon Road is still blocked and that police were to enforce this due to the cars still ignoring the 'closed' signs. I have just returned from work (long journey from the City Centre) and have seen no police and more than half a dozen cars flouting the road closed signs as I walked through the area to access where I live. The water washed up by these inconsiderate drivers causes no end of problems. Please don't drive through it![/p][/quote]the thing is the police cant say they were busy as twice tonight i have been buy the little police station in b/leys and the pcso's are just sat there in the place they always hide in. I think someone from the ox mail should ask for a statement from the police to find there reasons for not being there to support the area in a time of need fred120
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10:23pm Thu 29 Nov 12

iklhik says...

To be fair the council are partially to blame too. They don't review closures in places like Clifton Hampden, which has no adjoining properties and is easily passable even in my Golf. Thus people get to Abingdon Road and think it's another unnecessary closure and ignore it.

Road closures should be respected but they should also only be used if the road is impassable, or there are properties that would be affected by allowing traffic. They shouldn't be used - as in Clifton Hampden - because there are a couple of big puddles on the road.
To be fair the council are partially to blame too. They don't review closures in places like Clifton Hampden, which has no adjoining properties and is easily passable even in my Golf. Thus people get to Abingdon Road and think it's another unnecessary closure and ignore it. Road closures should be respected but they should also only be used if the road is impassable, or there are properties that would be affected by allowing traffic. They shouldn't be used - as in Clifton Hampden - because there are a couple of big puddles on the road. iklhik
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4:47pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Robie says...

Abingdon road is now open for all traffic from Donnington Bridge and Southbound traffic from Donnington Bridge to the ring road.
Abingdon road is now open for all traffic from Donnington Bridge and Southbound traffic from Donnington Bridge to the ring road. Robie
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10:14pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Pavinder Msvarensy says...

Iklhik, a classic case of the ROAD CLOSED SIGNS that cried wolf too often.
Iklhik, a classic case of the ROAD CLOSED SIGNS that cried wolf too often. Pavinder Msvarensy
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