Public to give views on A417 bridge closure

The works are to accommodate a rail upgrade

The works are to accommodate a rail upgrade

First published in News

A PLAN to close the A417 between Wantage and Faringdon from September to December this year will be discussed at a public meeting on Thursday.

Network Rail staff will answer questions and discuss potential diversion routes at Faringdon’s Corn Exchange from 4pm to 7pm.

The firm wants to rebuild Challow Station road bridge as part of its £1bn electrification project of main rail routes in the area.

Residents and councillors have hit out against the road closure, which they say will make life difficult and potentially harm businesses in both towns.

More than 800 people have signed an online protest petition started by Faringdon town councillor Alex Meredith.

Senior programme manager Nigel Fenn said: “Electrification will bring huge benefits to the region but we recognise that some of the work will cause disruption to those who live or work near the railway.

“We thank people in advance for their patience as we continue our plans to build a better railway for the Thames Valley and the South West.

“This is an exciting time for the Great Western main line as we upgrade and electrify the route to transform our diesel railway into one of the most modern in Europe, providing more seats, and cleaner and quieter trains.”

A second drop-in-session will be held with details to be released as soon as they are confirmed.

Network Rail has set up a 24-hour helpline on 08457 114141 about the work.

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6:26pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

I wonder if anyone will turn up demanding that Network Rail install inefficient, Victorian style, 750 volt DC, 3rd rail electrification that limits speed to under 90mph instead of the efficient international standard 25,000 volt overhead wiring instead?

Perhaps they will also mention the other "benefit" to the countryside of legacy 3rd rail...

Expect around 100 badger deaths per month per 30 mile stretch.
I wonder if anyone will turn up demanding that Network Rail install inefficient, Victorian style, 750 volt DC, 3rd rail electrification that limits speed to under 90mph instead of the efficient international standard 25,000 volt overhead wiring instead? Perhaps they will also mention the other "benefit" to the countryside of legacy 3rd rail... Expect around 100 badger deaths per month per 30 mile stretch. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 1

12:03pm Sun 22 Jun 14

delune says...

I find it extraordinary that Network Rail should even consider closing the A417 between Faringdon and Wantage for three months to rebuild a bridge. This is THE major east/west route across south Oxfordshire. It is used by thousands of vehicles every day for all kinds of purposes, and will cut off or seriously damage hundreds of businesses. Network Rail should simply bit the bullet and plan alternative arrangements - such as temporary alternate way working while each half of the bridge is rebuilt, or building a temporary bridge alongside whilst the bridge is re-built, or build the new bridge alongside the old one. These solutions have all been applied to hundreds of bridges across the country when electrification work is being done. They are simply trying to do a cut-price job, and to hell with ordinary road users and businesses. It is not acceptable. Period!!
I find it extraordinary that Network Rail should even consider closing the A417 between Faringdon and Wantage for three months to rebuild a bridge. This is THE major east/west route across south Oxfordshire. It is used by thousands of vehicles every day for all kinds of purposes, and will cut off or seriously damage hundreds of businesses. Network Rail should simply bit the bullet and plan alternative arrangements - such as temporary alternate way working while each half of the bridge is rebuilt, or building a temporary bridge alongside whilst the bridge is re-built, or build the new bridge alongside the old one. These solutions have all been applied to hundreds of bridges across the country when electrification work is being done. They are simply trying to do a cut-price job, and to hell with ordinary road users and businesses. It is not acceptable. Period!! delune
  • Score: -1

4:40pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Whitto says...

More selfish locals with shortsightedness over national infrastructure improvements, aren't we all in this together? Clearly not in tory heartlands......
More selfish locals with shortsightedness over national infrastructure improvements, aren't we all in this together? Clearly not in tory heartlands...... Whitto
  • Score: 0

1:34am Mon 23 Jun 14

Neonlights says...

"Expect around 100 badger deaths per month per 30 mile stretch."

Something positive then.
"Expect around 100 badger deaths per month per 30 mile stretch." Something positive then. Neonlights
  • Score: 4

2:40am Mon 23 Jun 14

Myron Blatz says...

Andrew:Oxford wrote:
I wonder if anyone will turn up demanding that Network Rail install inefficient, Victorian style, 750 volt DC, 3rd rail electrification that limits speed to under 90mph instead of the efficient international standard 25,000 volt overhead wiring instead?

Perhaps they will also mention the other "benefit" to the countryside of legacy 3rd rail...

Expect around 100 badger deaths per month per 30 mile stretch.
Maybe they should simply concrete-over the tracks and make it another motorway - no need for overhead wires or third-rail for the massively expensive electric supply and nor would you need stations - in fact you wouldn't need station car parks or create local parking issues, since everyone would be using roads!
[quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: I wonder if anyone will turn up demanding that Network Rail install inefficient, Victorian style, 750 volt DC, 3rd rail electrification that limits speed to under 90mph instead of the efficient international standard 25,000 volt overhead wiring instead? Perhaps they will also mention the other "benefit" to the countryside of legacy 3rd rail... Expect around 100 badger deaths per month per 30 mile stretch.[/p][/quote]Maybe they should simply concrete-over the tracks and make it another motorway - no need for overhead wires or third-rail for the massively expensive electric supply and nor would you need stations - in fact you wouldn't need station car parks or create local parking issues, since everyone would be using roads! Myron Blatz
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11:24am Mon 23 Jun 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
Andrew:Oxford wrote:
I wonder if anyone will turn up demanding that Network Rail install inefficient, Victorian style, 750 volt DC, 3rd rail electrification that limits speed to under 90mph instead of the efficient international standard 25,000 volt overhead wiring instead?

Perhaps they will also mention the other "benefit" to the countryside of legacy 3rd rail...

Expect around 100 badger deaths per month per 30 mile stretch.
Maybe they should simply concrete-over the tracks and make it another motorway - no need for overhead wires or third-rail for the massively expensive electric supply and nor would you need stations - in fact you wouldn't need station car parks or create local parking issues, since everyone would be using roads!
Ah, but then if it was a public-transport expressway designed for double-deckers and freight.

The current road would still have to close for the bridge to be raised.
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: I wonder if anyone will turn up demanding that Network Rail install inefficient, Victorian style, 750 volt DC, 3rd rail electrification that limits speed to under 90mph instead of the efficient international standard 25,000 volt overhead wiring instead? Perhaps they will also mention the other "benefit" to the countryside of legacy 3rd rail... Expect around 100 badger deaths per month per 30 mile stretch.[/p][/quote]Maybe they should simply concrete-over the tracks and make it another motorway - no need for overhead wires or third-rail for the massively expensive electric supply and nor would you need stations - in fact you wouldn't need station car parks or create local parking issues, since everyone would be using roads![/p][/quote]Ah, but then if it was a public-transport expressway designed for double-deckers and freight. The current road would still have to close for the bridge to be raised. Andrew:Oxford
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8:46pm Mon 23 Jun 14

delune says...

I don't know if Whitto is commenting on mine - if not then on what? I am certainly not opposed to improvements to the national infrastructure, and I welcome the intention to electrify the main east-west line. All I am objecting to is the penny-pinching way in which Network Rail is going about it. After all it will no doubt yield substantial additional profits for the franchisees, so from that point of view no reasonable expense should be spared. But, like so many lofty plans from on high, they take no account of, and adopt a “couldn’t care less” attitude to, the effect on people locally. And we all know that, no matter how many public meetings and consultations there are, they will make no difference to the plans. It’s been decided. Period!
I don't know if Whitto is commenting on mine - if not then on what? I am certainly not opposed to improvements to the national infrastructure, and I welcome the intention to electrify the main east-west line. All I am objecting to is the penny-pinching way in which Network Rail is going about it. After all it will no doubt yield substantial additional profits for the franchisees, so from that point of view no reasonable expense should be spared. But, like so many lofty plans from on high, they take no account of, and adopt a “couldn’t care less” attitude to, the effect on people locally. And we all know that, no matter how many public meetings and consultations there are, they will make no difference to the plans. It’s been decided. Period! delune
  • Score: 1

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