Delay warnings as work begins on roundabout

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First published in News

WORK is about to start on Oxford’s third ‘hamburger’ style roundabout with drivers being warned they face delays while the scheme is completed.

Oxfordshire County Council is investing more than £6m of City Deal funding to revamp the Kennington roundabout as well as improving the traffic-flow at Hinksey Hill interchange, plus the refurbishment of four bridges between Heyford Hill and Hinksey Hill.

Work will begin on Monday, after the project was initially held up by Thames Water diverting a water main.

The scheme is due to be completed by the end of November, which means work could clash with a £5m scheme to redesign Frideswide Square, due to start in the autumn.

About 60,000 vehicles use the two roundabouts every day and the aim is to increase capacity by 30 per cent during the evening rush hour.

David Nimmo Smith, the council’s cabinet member for transport, said: “All road users, residents and businesses using roads around the south of Oxford are likely to be affected by this work.

“However, the improvement will bring major benefits to the flow of traffic to this congested part of the city.

“Traffic will be able to travel through the area during the work, and businesses will be open as usual.

“However, drivers are advised to plan their journeys in advance to take account of delays.”

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6:47am Tue 3 Jun 14

Christine Hovis says...

The County really do know how to endear themselves to those of us living in the city, don't they?

Haven't they got one of those big maps in their office, so they could have a look and think whether roadworks here, there, and everywhere will cause chaos? Cable laying in Old Road, water mains in George Street, now the Kennington roundabout, then into Frideswide and if we're lucky they can ensure an overlap before they start on the Westgate suff.
The County really do know how to endear themselves to those of us living in the city, don't they? Haven't they got one of those big maps in their office, so they could have a look and think whether roadworks here, there, and everywhere will cause chaos? Cable laying in Old Road, water mains in George Street, now the Kennington roundabout, then into Frideswide and if we're lucky they can ensure an overlap before they start on the Westgate suff. Christine Hovis
  • Score: -4

8:20am Tue 3 Jun 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

'as well as improving the traffic-flow at Hinksey Hill interchange'

Does this mean, as the roundabout was not long completed, that the Council isn't up to the task of organising road alterations. How long before Kennington roundabout needs extra 'traffic flow measures'.
'as well as improving the traffic-flow at Hinksey Hill interchange' Does this mean, as the roundabout was not long completed, that the Council isn't up to the task of organising road alterations. How long before Kennington roundabout needs extra 'traffic flow measures'. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
  • Score: -2

9:22am Tue 3 Jun 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

This doesn't do anything to solve the problem that is the Littlemore/Rose Hill Roundabout.
This doesn't do anything to solve the problem that is the Littlemore/Rose Hill Roundabout. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 5

9:55am Tue 3 Jun 14

icba1957 says...

Christine Hovis wrote:
The County really do know how to endear themselves to those of us living in the city, don't they?

Haven't they got one of those big maps in their office, so they could have a look and think whether roadworks here, there, and everywhere will cause chaos? Cable laying in Old Road, water mains in George Street, now the Kennington roundabout, then into Frideswide and if we're lucky they can ensure an overlap before they start on the Westgate suff.
It would be easier for the OM to post weeks when there are no roadworks ...
[quote][p][bold]Christine Hovis[/bold] wrote: The County really do know how to endear themselves to those of us living in the city, don't they? Haven't they got one of those big maps in their office, so they could have a look and think whether roadworks here, there, and everywhere will cause chaos? Cable laying in Old Road, water mains in George Street, now the Kennington roundabout, then into Frideswide and if we're lucky they can ensure an overlap before they start on the Westgate suff.[/p][/quote]It would be easier for the OM to post weeks when there are no roadworks ... icba1957
  • Score: -2

11:23am Tue 3 Jun 14

Whitto says...

Christine Hovis wrote:
The County really do know how to endear themselves to those of us living in the city, don't they?

Haven't they got one of those big maps in their office, so they could have a look and think whether roadworks here, there, and everywhere will cause chaos? Cable laying in Old Road, water mains in George Street, now the Kennington roundabout, then into Frideswide and if we're lucky they can ensure an overlap before they start on the Westgate suff.
Ok, so the cable laying has nothing to do with the county - it's a utility company.
George Street is for building works to be completed, not a water main.
If you mean the "fatberg" in Park End Street/Frideswide that was Thames Water fixing a major problem.
The Kennington Roundabout should help traffic flow and reduce queues for people that are moaned about so often. (as should the Frideswide redesign - people have moaned for years about taking the lights out and putting in roundabouts).
You also seem to be moaning about the Westgate redevelopment? What do you want happen? No improvements so Oxford gradually falls behind every other major city and also grinds to a halt at the same time. It seems the council is damned if they do and damned if they don't. Instead of moaning why don't make suggestion as to how it could be done better, they may sit up and take notice if it is a good one.
[quote][p][bold]Christine Hovis[/bold] wrote: The County really do know how to endear themselves to those of us living in the city, don't they? Haven't they got one of those big maps in their office, so they could have a look and think whether roadworks here, there, and everywhere will cause chaos? Cable laying in Old Road, water mains in George Street, now the Kennington roundabout, then into Frideswide and if we're lucky they can ensure an overlap before they start on the Westgate suff.[/p][/quote]Ok, so the cable laying has nothing to do with the county - it's a utility company. George Street is for building works to be completed, not a water main. If you mean the "fatberg" in Park End Street/Frideswide that was Thames Water fixing a major problem. The Kennington Roundabout should help traffic flow and reduce queues for people that are moaned about so often. (as should the Frideswide redesign - people have moaned for years about taking the lights out and putting in roundabouts). You also seem to be moaning about the Westgate redevelopment? What do you want happen? No improvements so Oxford gradually falls behind every other major city and also grinds to a halt at the same time. It seems the council is damned if they do and damned if they don't. Instead of moaning why don't make suggestion as to how it could be done better, they may sit up and take notice if it is a good one. Whitto
  • Score: 6

12:45pm Tue 3 Jun 14

King Joke says...

Christine - if the County waited for various utilities to finish their bits of work before starting theirs, you'd be waiting a long time!

Sandy - Hinksey Hill is unchanged since it was signallised over fifteen years ago. It's Heyford Hill that was recently rebuilt.
Christine - if the County waited for various utilities to finish their bits of work before starting theirs, you'd be waiting a long time! Sandy - Hinksey Hill is unchanged since it was signallised over fifteen years ago. It's Heyford Hill that was recently rebuilt. King Joke
  • Score: 6

3:03pm Tue 3 Jun 14

EMBOX2 says...

It must be summertime in Oxford - traffic chaos and building work galore, whilst the students are not here.
It must be summertime in Oxford - traffic chaos and building work galore, whilst the students are not here. EMBOX2
  • Score: -3

6:14pm Tue 3 Jun 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

It was the County Council that agreed to the massive **** up at Frideswide Square, and now are paying thousands again to put right their mistake. It was the County Council that cocked up the Cowley Road and now the same with The Plain. So their track record is not good.
It was the County Council that agreed to the massive **** up at Frideswide Square, and now are paying thousands again to put right their mistake. It was the County Council that cocked up the Cowley Road and now the same with The Plain. So their track record is not good. HomerSimpsonDoh
  • Score: -4

8:26pm Tue 3 Jun 14

King Joke says...

The County also led the hamburger junctions at Green Rd and Heyford Hill, and this scheme will be very similar.

The Cowley Rd and Frideswide Sq are very different schemes as they are very different environments.
The County also led the hamburger junctions at Green Rd and Heyford Hill, and this scheme will be very similar. The Cowley Rd and Frideswide Sq are very different schemes as they are very different environments. King Joke
  • Score: 3

12:27pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

If the County Council had any sense, they would open the High Street to all traffic, until the works are completed, because Abingdon Road is going to be more gridlocked than normal during evening rush-hour, and at weekends.
Normally the traffic is queuing as far as the Weir's Lane junction, but with this work going on, I can envisage major problems along the whole length.
If the County Council had any sense, they would open the High Street to all traffic, until the works are completed, because Abingdon Road is going to be more gridlocked than normal during evening rush-hour, and at weekends. Normally the traffic is queuing as far as the Weir's Lane junction, but with this work going on, I can envisage major problems along the whole length. Dilligaf2010
  • Score: 0

1:24pm Thu 5 Jun 14

King Joke says...

And are the bus companies supposed to suspend their services for several months? Or re-schedule at half frequency to allow for the High being clogged with traffic twelve hours a day?

I wonder if the city centre employers who need their staff's buses to arrive on time would share your enthusiasm Dili-gaffe? Maybe you should think before typing eh?
And are the bus companies supposed to suspend their services for several months? Or re-schedule at half frequency to allow for the High being clogged with traffic twelve hours a day? I wonder if the city centre employers who need their staff's buses to arrive on time would share your enthusiasm Dili-gaffe? Maybe you should think before typing eh? King Joke
  • Score: 0

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