Flood blog, Thursday, February 13

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  • River levels set to rise again to heights seen earlier in the week
  • Heavy rain to fall overnight and into Friday
  • Abingdon Road and Botley Road open
  • Many flood warnings still in place
  • Many roads still closed

12:29am

The latest readings show river levels in Oxford at the Cherwell are still dipping tonight.

Officials say:

The river level at Kings Mill is 2.17 metres. The typical river level range for this location is between 1.63 metres and 2.07 metres. The highest river level recorded at this location is 2.69 metres and the river level reached 2.58 metres on 23/07/2007.

The river was within 5cm of reaching record levels earlier in the week.

12:27am

Think the worst is over? Hopefully so, but maybe not. This is what the Environment Agency is saying tonight about the Osney area of the city:

 

"The River Thames and small tributaries through Oxford have been falling for the past 24 hours. Levels have now stabilised in response to recent rain. A Flood Warning remains in place as river levels are expected to rise over again later. Levels are expected to be similar to those experienced over the past week. The Environment Agency's incident room is currently open 24 hours a day and we are monitoring the situation closely. Residents should remain vigilant. The weather prospects are to expect: Showers through Thursday evening and overnight. Persistent rain will move in through Friday morning, followed by frequent heavy showers in the afternoon."

12:26am

The weather outlook tonight:

Showers through Thursday evening and overnight. Persistent rain will move in through Friday morning, followed by frequent heavy showers in the afternoon.

12:25am

 A LATE update on the prospects for train passengers later this morning:

First Great Western expects to operate a similar pattern of services to Thursday. 

Stopping trains will operate every 30 minutes between Oxford, Didcot Parkway and Reading, from where a limited service will be available to and from London Paddington. FGW tickets will also be accepted on South West Trains services between Reading and London Waterloo.

A limited number of peak-hour expresses will run through to and from Paddington, serving Oxford and the Cotswold Line to Worcester and Hereford, though these will be subject to delays due to severe speed restrictions as a result of water damage to signal equipment near Maidenhead. Expresses will link Didcot Parkway and London throughout the day, although there will be fewer trains operating than normal.

The rest of the day, Cotswold Line stations wil be served by trains starting from and teminating at Oxford. FGW stopping trains between Oxford and Banbury will run at normal times. 

Passengers travelling between Oxford and London can also travel via Banbury, changing there for Chiltern Railways services to and from London Marylebone.

CrossCountry trains linking Oxford and Banbury with the South Coast and the West Midlands and the North are planned to run at normal times.

Although not flooding-related, a reminder that Friday is the last day of Chiltern Railways trains between Oxford, Islip and Bicester Town before the line closes for rebuilding as part of the projects to create a second Oxford-London rail link via Bicester and to reopen the East West Rail route between Oxford, Bicester, Milton Keynes and Bedford.

  • Due to the forecasts of high winds and heavy rain across southern England for much of Friday, rail services may be altered and cancelled at short notice and passengers are advised to check before setting out to stations. See the train operators' websites, National Rail or call 08457 484950.

12:24am

Latest list of road closures, should you be out on the roads tonight:

Lower Street, Islip
Road from A329 to Drayton St Leonard
Great Brook Road from Buckland Road to Chimney near Aston
Spring Lane, Playhatch
Grove Road, Harwell
Icknield Road, South Stoke from Grove Road to Woodcote Road
B4016 between Blewbury and East Hagbourne
High Street, Clifton Hampden
B478 Sonning Bridge
Road through the village of North Weston to Shabbington Rd
B4009 between Aston Rowant and Kinston Blount (also at Crowell )
Knightsbridge Lane, Pyrton, near Watlington
Pembroke Lane, Milton (Vale)
Old Wharf Road, Longcot
High Street, Drayton St Leonard
London Lane, Ascott-under-Wychwood, from railway station to junction with A361
Godstow Road, Oxford from A34 bridge near Wolvercote to bridge near Wytham
Dry Lane, Crawley
Mill Lane, Henley
Mill Rd, Lower Shiplake from the junction of Mill Road / Mill Lane to the junction of Mill Rd / New Rd
Culham Bridge on Tolgate Road, Culham
B4016 Drayton Road, Sutton Courtenay

12:21am

There were some power cuts earlier in Northmoor.

9:13pm

A couple of video bulletins for you this evening from the Press Association

 

8:36pm

Travel advice in from the AA today.

Darron Burness, head of the AA’s flood rescue team, said:

"Allow extra time for tomorrow’s commute as road conditions are going to be pretty horrible at times with more wind and heavy rain, and risk of snow and ice further north. Use your car radio’s traffic announcement or TA function to keep up to speed with any delays and road closures.

"Visibility will again be an issue with so much surface spray, so use dipped headlights, keep your speed down and maintain a larger gap between you and the vehicle in front.

"Conditions over the weekend aren’t looking much better when more people are likely to be driving for half-term. Regardless of how far you’re travelling, if road conditions are bad, stick to the main routes where possible and carry a map or sat-nav in case of diversions. And don’t risk becoming a flood water statistic."

8:32pm

Footy fans may well be twiddling their thumbs this weekend - lots of matches are off.

This list has come through from the city council:

"Following recent wet weather and flooding in Oxford, the Parks and Open Spaces Team have continued to monitor the playability of our sports pitches for Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February 2014.

Cancelled matches
All matches have been cancelled on the following pitches:

•Northway
•Court Place Farm - FB3, and all junior pitches
•Cutteslowe Park - FB6, 7 & 8
•Five Mile Drive - FB1
•Quarry
•Horspath
•Hinksey
•Grandpont - FB1
•Cowley Marsh - FB5 & FB1,2 & 4
Matches playable
Currently, matches can be played on:

•Court Place Farm - FB1
•Cutteslowe Park - FB1 to FB5
•Five Mile Drive - FB2 and all 7v7
•Barton - all pitches
•Blackbird Leys - all pitches
•Sandy Lane - all pitches
•Rose Hill
•Cowley Marsh - FB3
If the wet weather continues, all games will be subject to a final referee's decision."

Anyone with queries about their game this weekend should call 01865 252240 during office hours, or 07711439090 out of hours.

8:28pm

This is the latest from the Environment Agency this evening on the flooding situation in the south-east:

"More widespread heavy rain is expected across the South East throughout the remainder of the week and into the weekend, coupled with strong winds and adverse weather conditions. As the rain will be falling on already saturated ground, the risk of flooding across the region remains high."

8:26pm

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7:01pm

WATER levels in the middle reaches of the River Evenlode have risen after yesterday's rain over the northern end of the Cotswold hills.

From a level of 1.51m recorded at Shipton-under-Wychwood yesterday morning, the level rose to 1.97m last night and has only fallen back slightly over the past 24 hours, to 1.93m.

And all that water is heading towards Oxford, with the prospect of more rain topping up the river again tomorrow. A yellow rain warning has been issued by the Met Office, with 10-20mm expected to fall in many places.

6:49pm

6:35pm

Tonight's Oxfordshire Senior Cup third round tie between Oxford City Nomads and Ardley United has been postponed because of a waterlogged pitch at Marsh Lane. No new date has yet been set.

5:32pm

The news we expected but were hoping not to see confirmed:

Environment spokesman Dan Taylor has said we could see the flood water return to the levels seen early this week.

He said: "The River Thames has seen a slight rise as a result of recent rainfall above Oxford. Between Oxford and Goring levels in the River Thames are stable and falling. However, with the forecast rain we would expect levels on the Thames to start to rise again in response to the rain. We expect levels in some areas may return to levels seen over the past week."

5:17pm

4:46pm

4:44pm

Firefighters are warning people returning to their homes to start the clean up to be wary of several safety risks.

A spokesman for Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said that flood water could be contaminated and there was the potential hazard associated with power supplies and electrical equipment.

Area manager Nigel Wilson said: "Residents should get their electricity supply checked when moving back into flooded properties - and avoid using old and potentially unsafe portable heaters to dry out rooms.

"As everyone should know, water and electricity just don't go well together. If your home has been flooded, get your local electricity supply checked before switching back on, and don't use electrical equipment exposed to flood water until it has been checked by a qualified electrician. You should also have your gas or oil central heating checked by a qualified person."

People pumping water out of their homes should use generators, he added.

Mr Wilson said: "Anyone using a generator to pump water from their home to make sure it is positioned outside in the open air as generators produce carbon monoxide fumes which can kill."

4:35pm

Thames Travel update:

We ask all passengers to allow extra time for their journeys, as many of our services are on long diversions. We also expect there will be a considerable volume of extra traffic which will compound the delays.

Abingdon Road, Oxford is now in full so our X39/X40 services are able to take the normal route into Oxford.

Sutton Bridge in Culham is closed at the Tollgate Road junction, because of flooding.

High Street in Clifton Hampden is closed between the Clifton Hampden junction and the Long Wittenham junction, because of flooding. With regards to the 97 services, the current diversion is Abingdon, then to Drayton then Milton.

With regards the the 94/95 services, Hithercroft Road in South Moreton has re-opened at the Anchor Lane junction.

Main Street in West Hagbourne has been re-opened between the Brook Lane junction and the York Road junction.

X1 services still diverting due to Drayton Road in Sutton Courtenay closed in both directions between the Church Street junction and the Milton Road junction, due to flooding.

4:34pm

Stagecoach has not yet given an update on its services this afternoon.

4:33pm

Oxford Bus Company has said all its services have returned to normal routes and normal times.

4:32pm

CrossCountry is now running trains between oxford and Didcot again.

On the First Great Western front, while the water at Hinksey/Kennington has gone down, there are still disruptions. These are still being compounded by the signalling problems caused by flooding near Maidenhead.

The company says no fast trains are operating between London Paddington and Oxford and disruptions will continue at least for the rest of the day.

It's advice to passengers is: Customers travelling between Oxford and London may wish to travel via Banbury to London Marylebone using Chiltern Railways services where First Great Western tickets are being accepted. There is a limited service on First Great Western via Didcot Parkway to London Paddington.

A shuttle service is running between Oxford and Didcot twice an hour in each direction. This is being supported by rail replacement buses between Oxford and Didcot, calling at Radley. Local stopping services will operate between Twyford and Didcot Parkway only.

The current levels of flooding mean it is still able to operate a limited number of North Cotswold services through to London Paddington and vice versa.

Customers travelling between Hereford/Worcester and London (via Evesham) will have through train services during peak hours but outside these times, customers may use their tickets on Virgin Trains and London Midland services via Birmingham New Street or on Arriva Trains Wales services via Newport (South Wales).

4:02pm

Don't let the sunshine fool you. Many of our rivers remain on flood warning. The forecast hasn't changed too much either - heavy rain for most of tomorrow and into Saturday. Monday not looking too flash either.

You can listen to the Met Office forecast here:

 

3:58pm

The road into Kennington is open. 

3:50pm

The current road closures ahead of your trip home tonight are:

  • Lower Street, Islip
  • Road from A329 to Drayton St Leonard
  • Great Brook Road from Buckland Road to Chimney near Aston
  • Spring Lane, Playhatch
  • Grove Road, Harwell
  • Icknield Road, South Stoke from Grove Road to Woodcote Road
  • B4016 between Blewbury and East Hagbourne
  • High Street, Clifton Hampden
  • B478 Sonning Bridge
  • Road through the village of North Weston to Shabbington Rd
  • B4009 between Aston Rowant and Kinston Blount (also at Crowell )
  • Knightsbridge Lane, Pyrton, near Watlington
  • Pembroke Lane, Milton (Vale)
  • Old Wharf Road, Longcot
  • High Street, Drayton St Leonard
  • London Lane, Ascott-under-Wychwood, from railway station to junction with A361
  • Godstow Road, Oxford from A34 bridge near Wolvercote to bridge near Wytham
  • Dry Lane, Crawley
  • Mill Lane, Henley
  • Mill Rd, Lower Shiplake from the junction of Mill Rd / Mill Lane to the junction of Mill Rd / New Rd
  • Culham Bridge on Tolgate Road, Culham
  • B4016 Drayton Road, Sutton Courtenay

1:42pm

12:32pm

There has been a suspicious package delivered to the Armed Forces' recruitment office in St Giles, Oxford, one of three across the country. We have a live blog covering events as they unfold

11:48am

Listen to today's forecast from the Met Office

11:26am

10:33am

Rev Jane Sherwood at St Luke's Church in Canning Crescent off Abingdon Road has opened the doors of her church to help out during the floods.

Fire crews are among those who have enjoyed the church's hospitality.

Oxford Mail:

 

 

10:03am

9:58am

GO RIDE buses are advising rail passengers who want to connect from Cotswold Line trains to the C1 Railbus service at Charlbury to contact them if they want the bus to wait for trains that are delayed by the flooding and bad weather. 

Call 0330 330 8489 or send a message via Go Ride's Facebook page.

9:57am

9:56am

The Met Office says there will be some sunshine today and weather not as bad as yesterday. As we head into next week, weather is likely to improve.

9:15am

Not flood-related, but could affect your journeys today:
 

8:29am

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8:07am

Need a sandbag? There are several sites around where you can pick them up.

According to the latest information, more than 4,600 sandbags have been delivered to locations across the county by Oxfordshire County Council .

Sandbag dumps are at:

- the Duke of Monmouth pub, on Abingdon Road, Oxford.

- PC World, Botley Road, Oxford.

Oxford City Council, West Oxfordshire District Council, South Oxfordshire District Council and Vale of White Horse District Council are also making them available. Check their websites for more.

Officials say Cherwell District Council no longer provides sandbags to the public.

8:06am

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7:38am

Not an uncommon sentiment we're seeing from residents of Kennington:

7:37am

7:36am

While the river levels have been dropping, the Environment Agency is still warning there will be risk of flooding in Oxfordshire over the next four days.

No change on the flood warnings from the Environment Agency

  • 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 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
  • River Windrush at Witney and Ducklington down to and including Hardwick
  • River Thame from Chiselhampton to Drayton St Leonard including Newington
  • River Thame in the Dorchester and Overy areas

7:29am

Couple of Chiltern Railways updates, seemingly stemming from last night's signal problem at Banbury that means some trains are not where they should have been:

06:09 Kidderminster to London Marylebone due 08:29. This train will call additionally at Haddenham & Thame Parkway. This is due to an unusually large passenger flow.

And

05:46 Birmingham Moor Street to London Marylebone due 07:35. This train has been delayed at Bicester North and is now 9 minutes late. This is due to congestion caused by earlier delays.

7:29am

AN UPDATE from CrossCountry trains. As a result of the fall in water levels on the tracks at Redbridge, they are now aiming to operate a normal service via Oxford and Banbury today, although there will be some delays due to speed restrictions through the flooding and delays elseware on the network as a result of yesterday's high winds and rain.

7:12am

In case you didn't catch up on the news about the strong winds that caused problems last night, here is our story. Oxfordshire County Council said it deal with 35 trees that came down overnight.

7:10am

The emergency services put up this video with flood safety advice last night:

7:07am

On the power cut front, Scottish and Southern doesn't have anything listed in our area

7:01am

Here's the current state of play from Thames Travel

Abingdon Rd is now open to two way traffic, so our X39/X40 services are able to take the normal route into Oxford.

Sutton Bridge in Culham is closed at the Tollgate Road junction, because of flooding.

High Street in Clifton Hampden is closed between the Clifton Hampden junction and the Long Wittenham junction, because of flooding. With regards to the 97 services, the current diversion is Abingdon, then to Drayton then Milton.

With regards the the 94/95 services, Hithercroft Road in South Moreton has re-opened at the Anchor Lane junction.

Main Street in West Hagbourne has been re-opened between the Brook Lane junction and the York Road junction.

X1 services still diverting due to Drayton Road in Sutton Courtenay closed in both directions between the Church Street junction and the Milton Road junction, due to flooding.

6:49am

Down in the south light rain all day as well. And Friday that heavy rain is going to be stubbornly in situ all day and into Saturday, say the Met Office, with a yellow warning for rain in place.

It does dry up Saturday afternoon and hopefully Sunday won't see you get wet. Monday not looking great, so you might as well go to work!

6:44am

Out west you may see some snow this morning towards Chipping Norton, although that is not forecast for Witney. Little bit of rain today and again, like everywhere else, best pack the larger umbrella if you're going outside on Friday.

You'll wake to rain on Saturday morning. It may dry up around lunchtime but light showers return mid-afternoon. And again, Sunday dry, Monday not.

6:41am

Up in the north of the county there is still a forecast for light snow around 9am and light showers mid-afternoon today.

That heavy rain sweeps in tomorrow around lunchtime and sticks around right through Saturday, although it will be getting lighter. Sunday dry, Monday not, we're afraid.

6:39am

On the weather front it is icy on the roads this morning and heavy rain is expected, so again we would urge drivers to still show a bit of caution on your way to work or school.

After the heavy rain this morning, the Met Office is only expecting a light showers mid-afternoon in Oxford but Friday has returned to a yellow warning for rain and it tipping it down all day. Saturday sees that warning remain in place through to the afternoon. Sunday is looking dry but Monday is forecast to see light rain all day.

6:32am

We had a couple of video bulletins last night for you on the flooding from the Press Association.

6:27am

Last night there was a power cut in Banbury that affected signals at the station on the lines to Oxford, Bicester North and Leamington Spa for much of the evening.

Chiltern Railways is warning that there may likely be further problems in the morning peak, due to trains being out of position as a result of the disruption, with short-notice canellations and some services formed of fewer coaches than usual.

At the moment its website is reporting no problems though. You can check specific train services here.

6:22am

Waiting on the Stagecoach update for the morning but last night this is how things stood:

Due to the flooding and road closure in Kennington, we are experiencing severe delays on the 31 and X30 routes due to increased traffic and congestion.
The following diversions are currently in place:

Route 16/16A. The diversion along Iffley Road remains in place for buses heading towards the city due to no right turns being allowed from Donnington Bridge into Abingdon Road.  Passengers are advised to expect delays, particularly in the peaks.  These delays may also have an impact on route 12.

Route 31 and 34- Abingdon Road is now open in both directions and buses have returned to normal route.  Passengers are advised to expect delays, particularly in the peak.

Route 200 - Due to a water leak at Woodford Halse and emergency roadworks taking place, buses are unable to serve Kings Corner or Scrivens Hill. Passengers are advised to use the stop at Hinton Green.

Route 18 -  Buses are now able to access Bablockhythe and Northmoor.

Route 66 - A fallen tree is currently blocking the road on route, and buses are diverting via Stanford in the Vale.

We will monitor the services throughout the day and post updates as the situation changes.

Services Affected: 11, 12, 16, 16A, 18, 31, 34, 66, S1, S3, X30

6:21am

This is the situation for Oxford Bus Company this morning:

city3/city5: city3 and city5 are running full route.

cityX3/X13/300: Services are returning to normal route through the Abingdon Road. Delays are still expected as traffic in the area is slow moving.

city35: From Oxford, services are travelling along Abingdon Road then diverting via Bagley Wood Rd. The reverse applies for services towards Oxford. No stops between St Swithuns Road and Redbridge are able to be served.

park&ride400: Seacourt park and ride is open. We are now serving the entire 400 service route through to Thornhill. However, please continue to allow plenty of time for your journey as traffic conditions may continue to be slow moving.

6:19am

6:19am

Further First Great Western information

  • Local stopping services will operate between Reading and Didcot Parkway only
  • Connecting services to London Paddington will be extremely limited
  • Customers wishing to travel from Oxford to London may find it easier to travel via Banbury into London Marylebone, where FGW tickets will be valid
  • Throughout the day services will run between Oxford and Worcester only. We expect to be able to extend those services into London in the morning peak, and provide services out of London in the evening peak. Please check JourneyCheck for the latest information
  • London Midland Trains are accepting FGW tickets for services between Worcester and Great Malvern.

6:13am

And for you First Great Western customers, there are still problems locally in Oxfordshire as well as those signalling problems down near Maidenhead. The company is still advising you look to use alternate rail services into London.

Its update is:

There is a shuttle service is running between Oxford and Didcot twice an hour in each direction. This is being supported by rail replacement buses between Oxford and Didcot, calling at Radley. Local stopping services will operate between Twyford and Didcot Parkway only.

The current levels of flooding mean we are still able to operate a limited number of North Cotswold services through to London Paddington and vice versa. However these services will terminate at Worcester Foregate Street. We are unable to provide road replacement transport between Hereford and Worcester Foregate Street due to road conditions.

Customers travelling between Oxford and London may wish to travel via Banbury and Marylebone using Chiltern Railways services on whose trains your tickets will be valid.

6:12am

On the rail front CrossCountry are still not running services between Oxford and Didcot Parkway, due to the flooding around Hinksey/Kennington. Tickets being accepted on Chiltern Railways, Virgin Trains, South West Trains and First Great Western services. A replacement bus service will operate between Oxford and Didcot but these may be further delayed by flooded roads in the area.

6:11am

There are no reported school closures due to flooding.

6:10am

The rest of the road closures are:

  • Lower Street, Islip
  • Road from A329 to Drayton St Leonard
  • Great Brook Road from Buckland Road to Chimney near Aston
  • Spring Lane, Playhatch
  • Grove Road, Harwell
  • Icknield Road, South Stoke from Grove Road to Woodcote Road
  • B4016 between Blewbury and East Hagbourne
  • High Street, Clifton Hampden
  • B478 Sonning Bridge
  • Road through the village of North Weston to Shabbington Rd
  • B4009 between Aston Rowant and Kinston Blount (also at Crowell )
  • Knightsbridge Lane, Pyrton, near Watlington
  • Road to Woodeaton - from Elsfield Rd to B4027
  • Pembroke Lane, Milton (Vale)
  • Old Wharf Road, Longcot
  • High Street, Drayton St Leonard
  • London Lane, Ascott-under-Wychwood, from railway station to junction with A361
  • Godstow Road, Oxford from A34 bridge near Wolvercote to bridge near Wytham
  • Dry Lane, Crawley
  • Mill Lane, Henley
  • Mill Rd, Lower Shiplake from the junction of Mill Rd / Mill Lane to the junction of Mill Rd / New Rd
  • Culham Bridge on Tolgate Road, Culham
  • Thameside South, Friday Lane to Station Road, Henley (Now being controlled by temporary traffic signals to allow traffic in both directions)
  • Kennington Road, from its junction with Old Abingdon Road to the mini roundabout at Upper End, Kennington
  • B4016 Drayton Road, Sutton Courtenay

6:09am

Good news on the roads for commuters coming into Oxford this morning.

Botley Road is open and yesterday Abingdon Road re-opened both ways. But there is no right turn from Abingdon Rd into Weirs Lane And no right turn from Weirs Lane onto Abingdon Rd northbound.

The Botley Road city-bound bus lane is also closed near to McDonald's by the A420 A34 slip road and at the road's junction with Bullstake Close and also its junction with Bridge Street.

6:08am

Good morning. Welcome to today's blog on the flooding affecting Oxfordshire.

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8:12am Thu 13 Feb 14

Bairdl says...

Traffic warning signs on 420 at Cumnor say Seacourt P&R closed but website here says open.....?
Traffic warning signs on 420 at Cumnor say Seacourt P&R closed but website here says open.....? Bairdl
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11:32am Thu 13 Feb 14

roj2011 says...

Kennington Road is now open (9.30am). Road Closed signs removed. Bring on the buses !
Kennington Road is now open (9.30am). Road Closed signs removed. Bring on the buses ! roj2011
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3:20pm Thu 13 Feb 14

King Joke says...

I got caught up in the Banbury incident last night and took hours to get home. The railways and their staff coped admirably with the disruption but really need to raise their game in information management. The fault was caused by the failure of a National Grid substation, it was not caused by the railways. You won't read this anywhere though. Why are they so keen to let everyone assume it was their fault? It's the same every time there's a suicide or a bridge strike by a road vehicle.
I got caught up in the Banbury incident last night and took hours to get home. The railways and their staff coped admirably with the disruption but really need to raise their game in information management. The fault was caused by the failure of a National Grid substation, it was not caused by the railways. You won't read this anywhere though. Why are they so keen to let everyone assume it was their fault? It's the same every time there's a suicide or a bridge strike by a road vehicle. King Joke
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12:29pm Fri 14 Feb 14

WitneyGreen says...

It's open. The signs that were being used to declare it closed at the entrance have been tossed into the flooded undergrowth near Boundry House.
It's open. The signs that were being used to declare it closed at the entrance have been tossed into the flooded undergrowth near Boundry House. WitneyGreen
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12:30pm Fri 14 Feb 14

WitneyGreen says...

I'd like to nominate the staff at First Great Western's twitter feed as heroes - the train service is rubbish at the moment, but they've worked really hard to keep the feed up to date with information and have answered queries really quickly.
I'd like to nominate the staff at First Great Western's twitter feed as heroes - the train service is rubbish at the moment, but they've worked really hard to keep the feed up to date with information and have answered queries really quickly. WitneyGreen
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