LiveBlog: Oxfordshire flooding latest, Sunday, January 12

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Summary

  • Botley Road has reopened
  • Abingdon Road is still shut and there is no word on when it will reopen
  • The High Street restrictions will be back in force again tomorrow
  • Seacourt Park and Ride has reopened to motorists
  • Flood waters are continuing to drop
  • Binmen are aiming to reach homes hit by flooding

7:04am

A new blog has been set up for Monday on the floods. Read it here.

12:16am

The flood warning on the River Thames at Culham has been lifted tonight, but the area remains on flood alert.

11:17pm

City council officials are aiming to get bin collections back to normal from tomorrow.

Due to flooding, the city's waste collection service was disrupted on Friday and around 800 houses did not get their rubbish taken away.

The city council said in a statement: "We hope to catch-up with these collections on Monday, 13 January 2014 if water levels have dropped.

"Please place your waste outside for collection by 6am. We plan to continue with our collections as normal on Tuesday, 14 January 2014."

11:14pm

Seacourt Park and Ride has reopened to motorists, Oxford City Council has revealed.

However, some parking spaces may be unavailable due to continuing flooding in the area, officials say.

11:13pm

For people in the Abingdon Road and Botley Road areas, this is the flood warning of most interest. Waterways near both roads are continuing to fall. Here is what the Environment Agency is saying tonight about the River Thames and its tributaries at New Botley, New and North Hinksey and Grandpont in Oxford:

"The River Thames and smaller tributaries in the Oxford area remain high, but river levels have fallen throughout the day and will continue to fall slowly. The river remains sensitive to further rainfall."

11:10pm

This is the latest regional warning from the Environment Agency.

People in the Thames Vallet are warned to be vigilant about more flooding, but most of the advice is for other areas - which has to be a good thing:

"We are urging communities in Dorset, South Wiltshire, Somerset and the Thames Valley to remain vigilant for continued flooding from groundwater and rivers.
Flooding will continue along the River Thames over the coming days, with a potential flooding around the Chertsey Lakes. River levels along the Thames are now stabilising or falling in most areas.
Groundwater levels remain very high in many places. Flood alerts remain in force for West Dorset, Cranborne Chase and Salisbury Plain and a flood warning is in place for the South Winterbourne Valley.
River levels also remain high in parts of Hampshire, West Berkshire, Surrey, West Sussex, Wiltshire and along the River Severn in Worcester and Gloucestershire."

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11:07pm

According to the Met Office, there is a 95 per cent chance of heavy rain in the Oxford area tonight.

11:06pm

And the rain has not all gone, either. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday will all see downpours - with Wednesday the most miserable.

11:05pm

All back to normal, then? No - as this advice from Oxfordshire County Council today indicates:

"Commuters into Oxford are advised that their journeys are likely to take much longer than usual and they should plan accordingly."

11:04pm

The traffic restrictions normally in force during the day on the High Street will be back in force from tomorrow. They were lifted while Botley Road was shut. Tonight, some people have been questioning the wisdom of this move.

 

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2:32pm

This shot from Bunny Buncey of Osney Mead was taken earlier in the week, but the scene will be remembered all too vividly by people (such as Mail staff) who work on the estate.

Thankfully, the water has almost all gone now and the route, along with Ferry Hinksey Road, is passable now.

 

Oxford Mail:

 

2:17pm

Nikhilesh Haval has taken a breath-taking panoramic shot of the floods from Wallingford bridge.

This is a still of the panorama, but the full 360 shot can be seen here.

Oxford Mail:

1:17pm

Pictures have been coming in throughout the week from our readers.

This one was sent in yesterday by Adrian Olsen of the River Cherwell flooding into Christ Church meadow in Oxford at dusk.

Oxford Mail:

1:13pm

We are still receiving some stunning images of the floods even though water levels are coming down. David Collins has sent in this atmospheric picture of Magdalen College School fields under water.

Oxford Mail:

12:49pm

Botley Road is open, but two signs for motorists approaching from Cumnor Hill still as of 12.30pm today said the road is shut - one before the traffic lights leading to McDonald's and one further down saying the route is shut at Bullstake Close.

It is not - the route is open.

12:27pm

Traffic is now starting to build up on Botley Road as drivers realise the route has been fully reopened.

Oxford Mail:

12:20pm

Following the reopening of Oxford's Botley Road, some Oxford Bus Company buses are back on track.

The City 4, the park and ride 400 and Brookes Bus U1 are now back to their normal route.

However, the Abingdon Road remains closed so the X3 the X13 the 35 and the park and ride 300 are facing diversions.

The X3 and X13 are still being diverted via Littlemore roundabout, Iffley Road, High Street to the city centre.

The city 35 service is not serving Lower Kennington, and the park and ride 300 is heading from Redbridge to Heyford Hill, Littlemore roundabout, Iffley Road and the city centre.

The reverse applies for services operating from Oxford to Redbridge.

 

 

 

12:01pm

In the last half an hour Oxfordshire County Council has announced that Botley Road is officially open once more to all traffic.

However, there is no current estimate on when Abingdon Road will reopen.

11:43am

The flood warning on the River Thames at Clifton Hampden, Dorchester and Little Wittenham has just been lifted. A flood alert remains in force for the area.

11:30am

The Botley Road in Oxford remains closed to prepare for a clean-up operation but some traffic is being allowed through by officials.

They are checking with drivers at the Botley interchange and at the other end of the road before the railway bridge to see where they need to visit.

The flood water on the road is now almost completely clear and the flooding has reduced at the entrance to Bullstake Close.

While some drivers are getting through on Botley Road, others are being turned away and the Abingdon Road also remains closed.

Ferry Hinksey Road and Osney Mead are now almost completely clear of any flood water.Oxford Mail:

10:05am

Stagecoach and Thames Travel say that passengers on their buses should expect extended journey times today on services in Oxford due to the continued closures of Abingdon Road and Botley Road.

The following alterations continue to apply on Stagecoach services:

  • 11, 66, S1 and X30: Diverted between the city centre and Botley along the A34 and Woodstock Road
  • 2/2A: Due to a sewer collapse in Evans Lane, Kidlington, buses cannot use Evans Lane and Mill Street. Route 2A is diverting via the A4260 (Oxford Road and Banbury Road) and route 2 is running via Grovelands, Banbury Road, The Moors, High Street and Oxford Road, stopping on the opposite side of High Street compared to usual.
  • S3: Buses are terminating in the city centre and will not serve the Oxford railway station. The nearest stop to the station is at Gloucester Green bus station
  • 3: Buses are terminating in the city centre and will not serve the Oxford railway station. The nearest stop to the station is Bonn Square.
  • 16/16A: Diverted due to the flooding of Abingdon Road and Donnington Bridge via Iffley Road.
  • 31 and 34: Diverted via Iffley Road.
  • 18: Buses cannot serve Bablockhythe and Northmoor due to flooding and are diverted on the main road between Standlake and Stanton Harcourt.

Thames Travel services that normally use Abingdon Road are also diverted to operate via Iffley Road.

9:59am

The flood warnings on the River Thames at Kennington and between Sandford and Radley have been lifted this morning by the Environment Agency.

Note that a flood alert remains in force in these areas and on the whole of the Thames and its tributaries through Oxford, from Wolvercote down to Radley, as water levels remain very high.

9:55am

Train operators First Great Western and CrossCountry are now running their normal Sunday timetables on routes through Oxford.

There are currently delays of 10 to 15 minutes as a result of speed restrictions through Redbridge, where the tracks have been flooded for the past few days.

9:11am

The Environment Agency is forecasting at the moment for Oxfordshire to be downgraded to low risk on Monday

9:09am

The Environment Agency has just removed the Flood Warning on the Thames from Buscot Wick down to Shifford including Buscot, Kelmscott, Radcot, Lower Bampton area and Chimney Area

8:35am

8:27am

Here's the latest information from Oxford Bus Company

Sunday sees no change from yesterday's situation, as Abingdon and Botley Roads unfortunately remain closed. As such, the following diversions are in place:

cityX3/X13: due to the closure of Abingdon Road, services are diverting from Abingdon to Redbridge, Heyford Hill, Littlemore roundabout, Iffley Road, High St to the city centre. Leaving Oxford, services will operate the same diversion in reverse.

city4, BROOKESbusU1 users: due to the closure of Botley Rd services are diverting from the end of Botley Rd to A34, Woodstock Rd, then George St to the city centre. The reverse route will apply for services leaving the city centre towards Botley/Harcourt Hill/Cumnor/Dean Court/Abingdon. Please note: in the diverted section between Castle Street and Botley our drivers are not able to pick up or drop off passengers.

city35: not serving Lower Kennington due to flooding. Services are operating from Kennington along Bagley Wood Road, then Hinksey Hill, Heyford Hill, Littlemore roundabout, Iffley Road, High St to the city centre. Leaving Oxford, services will operate up to the same diversion in reverse. Redbridge is not being served by city35 in either direction.

park&ride300: from Redbridge to Heyford Hill, Littlemore roundabout, Iffley Road to the city centre. The reverse will apply for services operating from Oxford to Redbridge.

park&ride400: due to the closure of Seacourt park and ride, park&ride400 will not serve Seacourt. Services from Thornhill will terminate at the rail station.

city2: As a result of continuing floods and roadworks along Evans Lane, service 2A will operate via Oxford Road direct to Grovelands. Service 2 will operate via the Moors, High St and then Oxford Road en route to Oxford city.

city3/5: As a result of delays to all services the city3 and city5 will terminate in the city centre and not serve the Rail Station. For travel onward to the Rail Station, please board a park&ride400 at the High Street or Speedwell Street that will carry you free of charge to the Rail Station. From the Rail Station the park&ride400 bus will park at the city5 stop and carry you to Speedwell Street or High Street to return toward Iffley Rd or Rose Hill.

Due to the considerable increased distance these diversions cover, services will be heavily delayed.

8:02am

Also just to dot an i the bus gate in Oxford's High Street is not being enforced.

7:59am

Oxfordshire County Council has just put out a new update but in terms of road closures it remains as per the posting at 6.24am

7:44am

Just a new message from Oxfordshire County Council confirming what it was saying last night re Botley Rd:

6:44am

We particularly like this picture

6:41am

And from our friends in the Met Office, there's no rain forecast today. In fact, for Oxfordshire, there's nothing serious predicted until Wednesday. That may be heavy though.

6:36am

On the train front, First Great Western said last night: "The latest advice from Network Rail is that we will be able to operate the full advertised service from tomorrow, Sunday, December 12, however, some there will be delays between Oxford and Didcot Parkway."

It adds that this may see delays of up to 20 minutes between Oxford and Didcot Parkway throughout today because trains will have to trundle through the affected flooded areas at 5mph.

There's no specific train services listed as being affected yet but if you're planning to travel later today, we'd recommend flicking over to First Great Western's JourneyCheck site to dot the old i's.

6:29am

Nothing from the Environment Agency yet (it is 6.30am on a Sunday to be fair), so just to repeat its information from yesterday:

Along the length of the Thames, from Lechlade through Oxford and down to Reading we are seeing levels, although high, begin to fall slowly

6:25am

Seacourt park and ride is closed

6:24am

The full list from the county council makes familiar reading but here it is:

The bus gate traffic restrictions on Oxford's High Street have been lifted, opening the road to all traffic.

All current road closures

  • The Botley Road in Oxford is closed to traffic from the railway bridge by the train station to the road's junction with the A420 A34 slip road by McDonald's
  • Much of Abingdon Road in Oxford is affected by flood water. This also includes Weirs Lane. Some motorists have been ignoring this closure. This is irresponsible. The closure is for the safety of motorists and nearby residents whose properties suffer from the effects of bow waves from passing vehicles.
  • Islip - Lower Road and Mill Road closed because of flooding. The route through the village is now via Kings Head Lane, which is under traffic signal control
  • London Lane, Ascott-under-Wychwood
  • Barford Road between Barford St John and Barford St Michael
  • B478 at Playhatch
  • Road to Woodeaton Village from B4027 to Elsfield/ Marston Junction
  • Clifton Hampden to Long Wittenham (High Street)
  • Wytham to Wolvercote road (under the A34 bridge)
  • Kennington Road, Kennington by A34 slip road
  • Ferry Hinksey Road, Oxford
  • Link road from A34 to South Hinksey village
  • Binsey Lane, Oxford
  • Tollgate Road at Culham Bridge
  • North Moreton to Wallingford road
  • Minster Riding near the Old Swan Hotel near Minster Lovell
  • Dry Lane, Crawley
  • Junction of Evans Lane and Cherwell Avenue in Kidlington.
  • Drayton Road, Sutton Courtney
  • Godstow Road, Wolvercote
  • B4009 Chinnor Road at Aston Rowant
  • Road from A329 to Drayton St Leonard
  • Great Brook Road from Buckland Road to Chimney near Aston

Flood signs have been installed at:

  • Main Street - Clanfield
  • Bloxham Rd – Banbury
  • B4035 - Broughton Lane
  • A361 at Fulbrook
  • Merton to Islip road at Charlton-on-Otmoor
  • B4016 Blewbury Road, East Hagbourne (previously closed, now passable with care)
  • West Hagbourne Village – York Road to Main Street (previously closed now passable with care)

The Kennington Flood Barrier was erected by the Vale of White Horse District Council. It will remain up for the weekend.

6:23am

In terms of Abingdon Road it remains shut with no estimate on when that will open.

6:21am

We've not had any official update this morning so the latest information from Oxfordshire County Council is that workers will be in Botley Road from 7am today beginning to clean up.

After that there will be some limited access for vehicles but we must stress we have no estimated time for when that will start so at the moment we would advise that if you are making plans not to factor Botley Road in until there is an official announcement.

6:20am

Good morning. Here's today's blog on the flooding.

Yesterday's is available here

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7:58am Sun 12 Jan 14

Sophia says...

I am so impressed by the Ox Times information service here, up well before dawn each day and going through to midnight. This is true local journalism and is very much appreciated. BBC Oxford hang your heads with shame!
I am so impressed by the Ox Times information service here, up well before dawn each day and going through to midnight. This is true local journalism and is very much appreciated. BBC Oxford hang your heads with shame! Sophia
  • Score: -53

11:33am Sun 12 Jan 14

dowhatyoulike says...

so are they letting people through to the stores like currys etc?
so are they letting people through to the stores like currys etc? dowhatyoulike
  • Score: -67

12:15pm Sun 12 Jan 14

King Joke says...

Now that the Botley Rd is open is there any chance they could close the High St so that the buses can start to run a service?
Now that the Botley Rd is open is there any chance they could close the High St so that the buses can start to run a service? King Joke
  • Score: 11

2:04pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

King Joke wrote:
Now that the Botley Rd is open is there any chance they could close the High St so that the buses can start to run a service?
You think closing the High Street, while Abingdon Road, Weirs Lane, and Donnington Bridge Road are still closed is a good idea? I think not
[quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: Now that the Botley Rd is open is there any chance they could close the High St so that the buses can start to run a service?[/p][/quote]You think closing the High Street, while Abingdon Road, Weirs Lane, and Donnington Bridge Road are still closed is a good idea? I think not Dilligaf2010
  • Score: -54

4:13pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Assay14 says...

Sophia wrote:
I am so impressed by the Ox Times information service here, up well before dawn each day and going through to midnight. This is true local journalism and is very much appreciated. BBC Oxford hang your heads with shame!
Couldn't agree more. In previous years I have turned to the BBC or even to the county council website. This year the Oxford Mail has been hands down the best source of information. Well done to you all :)
[quote][p][bold]Sophia[/bold] wrote: I am so impressed by the Ox Times information service here, up well before dawn each day and going through to midnight. This is true local journalism and is very much appreciated. BBC Oxford hang your heads with shame![/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. In previous years I have turned to the BBC or even to the county council website. This year the Oxford Mail has been hands down the best source of information. Well done to you all :) Assay14
  • Score: 0

6:30pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Geoff Grace says...

I notice that there is no flood problem at London Docklands. Why isn,t the water flowing away down the Thanes ?
I notice that there is no flood problem at London Docklands. Why isn,t the water flowing away down the Thanes ? Geoff Grace
  • Score: -93

11:06pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

Be prepared for more traffic chaos tomorrow, did the County Council not learn anything last week? If Abingdon Road is closed, the traffic needs to go somewhere, and the High Street is the most sensible route.
Be prepared for more traffic chaos tomorrow, did the County Council not learn anything last week? If Abingdon Road is closed, the traffic needs to go somewhere, and the High Street is the most sensible route. Dilligaf2010
  • Score: -51

8:25am Mon 13 Jan 14

King Joke says...

Dilligaf2010 wrote:
King Joke wrote: Now that the Botley Rd is open is there any chance they could close the High St so that the buses can start to run a service?
You think closing the High Street, while Abingdon Road, Weirs Lane, and Donnington Bridge Road are still closed is a good idea? I think not
It worked last week, while the Botley Rd was still open. It gave bus passengers a fighting chance of getting in and out of the city. They may not matter to you Diligaf but their employers and suppliers might disagree.
[quote][p][bold]Dilligaf2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: Now that the Botley Rd is open is there any chance they could close the High St so that the buses can start to run a service?[/p][/quote]You think closing the High Street, while Abingdon Road, Weirs Lane, and Donnington Bridge Road are still closed is a good idea? I think not[/p][/quote]It worked last week, while the Botley Rd was still open. It gave bus passengers a fighting chance of getting in and out of the city. They may not matter to you Diligaf but their employers and suppliers might disagree. King Joke
  • Score: 8

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