School run will add to Oxford bypass roadwork jams

Bigger jams are expected around Oxford next week

Bigger jams are expected around Oxford next week

First published in News

DRIVERS are being warned they face more traffic congestion as parents return to the school run next week.

County council officials have warned that schools starting back will add “significantly” to traffic levels.

They are urging people to plan ahead or use different forms of transport.

The council is turning the Kennington roundabout at the bottom of Abingdon Road, Oxford, into a hamburger junction and a major contraflow system is already causing hold-ups.

Preparation work for the revamp of Frideswide Square, next to the railway station, also begins on Monday.

A council spokesman said: “The work is going well, despite some challenges, and is on schedule.

“We thank motorists for their patience while the improvement work is being done and ask that they continue to show consideration to other road users – experience shows that doing things like keeping exits clear at roundabouts help to improve everyone’s journey times.”

A sliproad has also been built at the Hinksey Hill interchange to ease traffic flows onto the southbound A34.

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9:19am Thu 28 Aug 14

OxfordRob says...

And so it begins! Abandon all hope ye who enter Oxford. There be dragons here.

I love the line "Experience shows that doing things like keeping exits clear at roundabouts help to improve everyone’s journey times"

I reported problems ages ago at the Hinksey hill roundabout. This is just not being observed and it is a complete free for all nightmare.

One positive I will give is that on the whole when you are on the contraflow it moves the problem is filtering people onto it.
And so it begins! Abandon all hope ye who enter Oxford. There be dragons here. I love the line "Experience shows that doing things like keeping exits clear at roundabouts help to improve everyone’s journey times" I reported problems ages ago at the Hinksey hill roundabout. This is just not being observed and it is a complete free for all nightmare. One positive I will give is that on the whole when you are on the contraflow it moves the problem is filtering people onto it. OxfordRob
  • Score: 3

9:35am Thu 28 Aug 14

chavster says...

I hope everyone who complains about the traffic realises that they ARE the traffic. Whatever happened to children walking or cycling to the school that is nearest to their home? In my day you'd get beaten up for being soft if you were driven to school!
I hope everyone who complains about the traffic realises that they ARE the traffic. Whatever happened to children walking or cycling to the school that is nearest to their home? In my day you'd get beaten up for being soft if you were driven to school! chavster
  • Score: 15

10:09am Thu 28 Aug 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

Thanks to the Tory toffs cuts, not everyone can get their kids into the nearest school.
Thanks to the Tory toffs cuts, not everyone can get their kids into the nearest school. HomerSimpsonDoh
  • Score: -3

11:28am Thu 28 Aug 14

JamesNN says...

I live in Milton and the nearest school is in Abingdon so do you propose my kids walk along the A34 to school!
I live in Milton and the nearest school is in Abingdon so do you propose my kids walk along the A34 to school! JamesNN
  • Score: 0

12:19pm Thu 28 Aug 14

King Joke says...

JamesNN wrote:
I live in Milton and the nearest school is in Abingdon so do you propose my kids walk along the A34 to school!
I'll bet the kids in Abindgon get driven to school too!
[quote][p][bold]JamesNN[/bold] wrote: I live in Milton and the nearest school is in Abingdon so do you propose my kids walk along the A34 to school![/p][/quote]I'll bet the kids in Abindgon get driven to school too! King Joke
  • Score: 4

12:21pm Thu 28 Aug 14

King Joke says...

HomerSimpsonDoh wrote:
Thanks to the Tory toffs cuts, not everyone can get their kids into the nearest school.
It isn't Tory cuts that led to this, but Tory open enrolment and scrapping catchment areas. Labour supported it fully too by the way.
[quote][p][bold]HomerSimpsonDoh[/bold] wrote: Thanks to the Tory toffs cuts, not everyone can get their kids into the nearest school.[/p][/quote]It isn't Tory cuts that led to this, but Tory open enrolment and scrapping catchment areas. Labour supported it fully too by the way. King Joke
  • Score: 9

12:22pm Thu 28 Aug 14

King Joke says...

HomerSimpsonDoh wrote:
Thanks to the Tory toffs cuts, not everyone can get their kids into the nearest school.
It isn't Tory cuts that led to this, but Tory open enrolment and scrapping catchment areas. Labout supported it fully too by the way.
[quote][p][bold]HomerSimpsonDoh[/bold] wrote: Thanks to the Tory toffs cuts, not everyone can get their kids into the nearest school.[/p][/quote]It isn't Tory cuts that led to this, but Tory open enrolment and scrapping catchment areas. Labout supported it fully too by the way. King Joke
  • Score: 6

12:45pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Harold&Albert says...

"A sliproad has also been built at the Hinksey Hill interchange to ease traffic flows onto the southbound A34."

Why has this got traffic lights on it then? What is the point of that? The traffic using this new slip lane has nothing to stop for and yet lights are on it that flash in sync with the rest of the lights - pointless!
"A sliproad has also been built at the Hinksey Hill interchange to ease traffic flows onto the southbound A34." Why has this got traffic lights on it then? What is the point of that? The traffic using this new slip lane has nothing to stop for and yet lights are on it that flash in sync with the rest of the lights - pointless! Harold&Albert
  • Score: 5

1:47pm Thu 28 Aug 14

OxBlox says...

The traffic is already queueing through Kennington - it took 30 minutes to get into the city centre on the bus this morning (usually takes about 15 mins). Dread to think what it'll be like in the coming weeks, especially once they close St Giles for the fair.
The traffic is already queueing through Kennington - it took 30 minutes to get into the city centre on the bus this morning (usually takes about 15 mins). Dread to think what it'll be like in the coming weeks, especially once they close St Giles for the fair. OxBlox
  • Score: 1

2:04pm Thu 28 Aug 14

OxfordRob says...

King Joke wrote:
JamesNN wrote:
I live in Milton and the nearest school is in Abingdon so do you propose my kids walk along the A34 to school!
I'll bet the kids in Abindgon get driven to school too!
Don't worry about them walking the A34. Come Monday it will be a car park so no danger of getting hit ;)
[quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JamesNN[/bold] wrote: I live in Milton and the nearest school is in Abingdon so do you propose my kids walk along the A34 to school![/p][/quote]I'll bet the kids in Abindgon get driven to school too![/p][/quote]Don't worry about them walking the A34. Come Monday it will be a car park so no danger of getting hit ;) OxfordRob
  • Score: 5

6:26pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

No sh!t Sherlock, what's his specialist subject? The feckin' obvious? ;-)
No sh!t Sherlock, what's his specialist subject? The feckin' obvious? ;-) Dilligaf2010
  • Score: 0

6:34pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

Harold&Albert wrote:
"A sliproad has also been built at the Hinksey Hill interchange to ease traffic flows onto the southbound A34."

Why has this got traffic lights on it then? What is the point of that? The traffic using this new slip lane has nothing to stop for and yet lights are on it that flash in sync with the rest of the lights - pointless!
And why had it been coned off again for the past 3 days?
I for one will be ignoring the traffic lights there, it's been specified that the new slip lane is uncontrolled, and it was created so as to increase the flow of traffic, I'm guessing the traffic lights there are a ****-up
[quote][p][bold]Harold&Albert[/bold] wrote: "A sliproad has also been built at the Hinksey Hill interchange to ease traffic flows onto the southbound A34." Why has this got traffic lights on it then? What is the point of that? The traffic using this new slip lane has nothing to stop for and yet lights are on it that flash in sync with the rest of the lights - pointless![/p][/quote]And why had it been coned off again for the past 3 days? I for one will be ignoring the traffic lights there, it's been specified that the new slip lane is uncontrolled, and it was created so as to increase the flow of traffic, I'm guessing the traffic lights there are a ****-up Dilligaf2010
  • Score: 0

8:51am Fri 29 Aug 14

Purpleanna says...

For the residents of Bicester there is no alternative to using the road as they've shut The Bicester to Oxford railway line for 3 years, so it's stuck in traffic in a car or bus & as the X5 bus drivers are so rude & the bus is almost universally late or in the evenings just doesn't run then I'm forced to drive & use the park & ride
For the residents of Bicester there is no alternative to using the road as they've shut The Bicester to Oxford railway line for 3 years, so it's stuck in traffic in a car or bus & as the X5 bus drivers are so rude & the bus is almost universally late or in the evenings just doesn't run then I'm forced to drive & use the park & ride Purpleanna
  • Score: 0

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