Fatberg: Updates on the city's traffic this morning

The Park End Street fatberg

The Park End Street fatberg

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TRAFFIC this morning seems to be moving a little better than yesterday's chaos.

Park End Street was shut yesterday as Thames Water begins repair work on a sewer that has partially collapsed because of a 'fatberg' - a mass of fat and other items flushed down drains.

It led to horrific traffic delays yesterday and these are expected to continue over the project's two-week schedule.

So far this morning:

  • Abingdon Road is moving. Queuing in Oxpens and Hollybush Row.
  • Traffic is largely now stationary on Botley Road. 
  • Queuing traffic southbound on the A34 leading to Botley.
  • Traffic is stacked up to Eynsham Road and on the A420 approaching the Botley interchange. One of our reporters is saying it is worse this morning than it was at the same time 24 hours ago.
  • Traffic is building up in Beaumont Street but Banbury Road and St Giles is clear. So far that route is running more smoothly than yesterday, taking an estimated 30 minutes from North Oxford to the station.
  • The approaches on the A34 at Hinksey Hill are also beginning to see queues. West Way is also queueing.
  • The bus companies are not reporting any delays above those expected because of having to divert some of their routes.

We will update this information as it comes to hand for this morning's rush hour.

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10:03am Tue 8 Apr 14

fiserable muck says...

Maybe people finally stopped being lazy and used alternative methods other than driving into town, well some anyway.
Maybe people finally stopped being lazy and used alternative methods other than driving into town, well some anyway. fiserable muck
  • Score: 3

10:47am Tue 8 Apr 14

EMBOX2 says...

All this fat, used tampons/condoms/napp
ies etc should be dumped on the doorstep of those who deposit it in the sewer system in the first place - and fined heavily too.

There is no excuse in this day and age. Put your fat in the food waste bin, and your other sanitary items in the bin.

It is just lazyness.
All this fat, used tampons/condoms/napp ies etc should be dumped on the doorstep of those who deposit it in the sewer system in the first place - and fined heavily too. There is no excuse in this day and age. Put your fat in the food waste bin, and your other sanitary items in the bin. It is just lazyness. EMBOX2
  • Score: 11

10:50am Tue 8 Apr 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

Typical response from someone who has got no idea why people drive in to Oxford. How lazy of the people who has no access to public transport, or has to pop into Oxford for a short time, or who are unable to use public transport.
Typical response from someone who has got no idea why people drive in to Oxford. How lazy of the people who has no access to public transport, or has to pop into Oxford for a short time, or who are unable to use public transport. HomerSimpsonDoh
  • Score: 0

10:59am Tue 8 Apr 14

fiserable muck says...

we need a congestion charge like london
we need a congestion charge like london fiserable muck
  • Score: -6

1:01pm Tue 8 Apr 14

King Joke says...

HomerSimpsonDoh wrote:
Typical response from someone who has got no idea why people drive in to Oxford. How lazy of the people who has no access to public transport, or has to pop into Oxford for a short time, or who are unable to use public transport.
If you've got no access to PT you can use the Park & Ride, and given most buses run every 10 minutes or better why would a short visit preclude PT?
[quote][p][bold]HomerSimpsonDoh[/bold] wrote: Typical response from someone who has got no idea why people drive in to Oxford. How lazy of the people who has no access to public transport, or has to pop into Oxford for a short time, or who are unable to use public transport.[/p][/quote]If you've got no access to PT you can use the Park & Ride, and given most buses run every 10 minutes or better why would a short visit preclude PT? King Joke
  • Score: 4

2:05pm Tue 8 Apr 14

The Foxy Lady says...

POLLUTION IS DISGUSTING. COUNCIL YOU SHLD be ashamed. It made me choke!
POLLUTION IS DISGUSTING. COUNCIL YOU SHLD be ashamed. It made me choke! The Foxy Lady
  • Score: 0

7:09pm Tue 8 Apr 14

oxchris says...

Do Thames Water not regularly check the sewers before they get to the point of collapse? I would have thought that part of town would be a hotspot.

At least they planned the work when the roads are quieter due to schools being closed: the buses seem to be coping fairly well but I'm surprised so many people are still trying to make it down Botley Road—it looks a nightmare.
Do Thames Water not regularly check the sewers before they get to the point of collapse? I would have thought that part of town would be a hotspot. At least they planned the work when the roads are quieter due to schools being closed: the buses seem to be coping fairly well but I'm surprised so many people are still trying to make it down Botley Road—it looks a nightmare. oxchris
  • Score: 2

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