Drivers face a 24-mile detour during works

-

-

First published in News

SOME 6,800 drivers between Wantage and Faringdon will be asked to take a 24-mile diversion route for 13 weeks this autumn.

Commuters have been told to take the A420 and A338 while Network Rail rebuilds Challow Station Road bridge on the A417 from Saturday, September 6.

Those cars will join the 13,000 daily journeys already made on the A338 between Wantage and Oxford.

Network Rail and Oxfordshire County Council revealed the proposed diversion at a meeting at Faringdon’s Corn Exchange on Tuesday night attended by about 100 residents.

Despite an online petition against the closure – now with 1,000 signatures – Network Rail said no alternative plans are being considered.

Western and Wales director and Faringdon resident Robbie Burns compared the £1.6m cost, just to rebuild the bridge, with more than £3m to put a temporary or permanent road bridge alongside.

Mr Burns said if he had known the costs and time implications earlier he would not have agreed to build a replacement bridge, alongside the existing bridge on the A338, while that is rebuilt next year.

The firm will, however, build a temporary bridge for services, pedestrians and cyclists for the duration of the works.

Our top stories:

Oxfordshire bid for record Poppy Appeal total to mark centenary of start of First World War

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

PEOPLE in Oxfordshire are being urged to help break the £500,000 barrier for the first time as this year’s Poppy Appeal is launched today.

Judge criticises "catastrophic" CPS after trial postponement

Oxford Mail: Oxford Crown Court

2:30pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A JUDGE has criticised a “catastrophic failure” by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) which caused a trial to be put off until next year.

Hot-shot Danny Hylton on a high at Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Thursday 23rd October 2014

DANNY Hylton thinks he is playing the best football of his career after a brace for Oxford United on Tuesday night made it ten goals for the season already.

Oxford's Lord Mayor gives ancient city walls the once-over

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

NOT crumbling too much and graffiti free: Oxford’s ancient city walls were given a clean bill of health in yesterday’s traditional inspection.

Hook Norton farm trailers stolen

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

8:40am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Food trailers were stolen from a Hook Norton farm over Tuesday night and yesterday morning.

More Oxfordshire churches ‘at risk’ says heritage group

Oxford Mail: DISTINCTIVE: The English Heritage flag will be flown most of the time

8:40am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Eight Oxfordshire churches have been added to English Heritage’s Heritage at Risk register.

Faringdon comes third in ranking of 'hotspot' places for families to live

Oxford Mail: Faringdon Folly Tower Open Day

8:40am Thursday 23rd October 2014

FARINGDON is the third best place for families to live in England and Wales, a new report claims.

‘Mr Scouting’ Reg Hayes, 99, dies after 87 years’ loyal service

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Thursday 23rd October 2014

REG Hayes, believed to be Britain’s longest serving Scout, has died at the age of 99.

Abingdon's Drayton Road roadworks due to be completed

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Thursday 23rd October 2014

ROADWORKS that caused serious delays for drivers in Abingdon were due to be completed yesterday.

An emotional gathering on what would have been Witney schoolgirl Liberty Baker's 15th birthday

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Thursday 23rd October 2014

LIBERTY Baker’s family and friends gathered at her grave yesterday to mark what would have been her 15th birthday.

New Bishop of Oxford will live outside city as current £10m house deemed too expensive

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Thursday 23rd October 2014

FOR decades, the Bishop of Oxford has lived in a North Oxford property worth millions.

East of Woodstock homes consultation ‘should be including Oxford Airport bosses’

Oxford Mail: west oxfordshire district council

8:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

AIRPORT bosses should have been consulted ahead of plans to build up to 1,500 homes east of Woodstock, a resident told councillors yesterday.

Developers to be asked to return cash for A40 road project at Witney

Oxford Mail: Ian Hudspeth

8:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

A COUNCIL boss wants to retrieve millions of pounds handed back to developers for a new junction on the A40 at Witney.

Badger cull protest in Oxford to be held this weekend

Oxford Mail: Badger (11754077)

6:40am Thursday 23rd October 2014

A protest against the culling of badgers will go through Oxford on Saturday.

Comments (6)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

5:43pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Won't most people just nip along the country roads instead?

A wise local authority would put in temporary speed limits or one-way routes during the period.
Won't most people just nip along the country roads instead? A wise local authority would put in temporary speed limits or one-way routes during the period. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 5

12:02am Sun 27 Jul 14

Myron Blatz says...

Yet another transport mess, courtesy of Oxfordshire County Council and Network Rail. What should happen is that road users should be paid mileage and money for the inconvenience and additional time and delays. This would then make the cost of a temporary bridge seem insignificant and worthwhile - nothing gets backsides moving better than a bit of old-fashioned litigation!
Yet another transport mess, courtesy of Oxfordshire County Council and Network Rail. What should happen is that road users should be paid mileage and money for the inconvenience and additional time and delays. This would then make the cost of a temporary bridge seem insignificant and worthwhile - nothing gets backsides moving better than a bit of old-fashioned litigation! Myron Blatz
  • Score: 6

3:07am Sun 27 Jul 14

The New Private Eye says...

The route via Ickleton road and the B4507 only add 3 miles to the journey, and is a lovely drive passing the white horse at Uffington.
The route via Ickleton road and the B4507 only add 3 miles to the journey, and is a lovely drive passing the white horse at Uffington. The New Private Eye
  • Score: 1

12:18pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Oflife says...

Quote me on this, groundbreaking (ground leaving?) ultra safe airborne personal transport that is already in development here and in the USA is going to render the automobile (and train) obsolete quicker than you can say "Thunderbirds are go!" within the next 10 years or so. The whole concept of road works, traffic jams, horrific accidents, pollution etc will thankfully be obsolete. Wildlife and children will be able to cross roads safely too, until they (the roads!) are dug up and nature regains her land.

#ttProjectStork #ttProjectCCBB
Quote me on this, groundbreaking (ground leaving?) ultra safe airborne personal transport that is already in development here and in the USA is going to render the automobile (and train) obsolete quicker than you can say "Thunderbirds are go!" within the next 10 years or so. The whole concept of road works, traffic jams, horrific accidents, pollution etc will thankfully be obsolete. Wildlife and children will be able to cross roads safely too, until they (the roads!) are dug up and nature regains her land. #ttProjectStork #ttProjectCCBB Oflife
  • Score: 0

1:49pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
Yet another transport mess, courtesy of Oxfordshire County Council and Network Rail. What should happen is that road users should be paid mileage and money for the inconvenience and additional time and delays. This would then make the cost of a temporary bridge seem insignificant and worthwhile - nothing gets backsides moving better than a bit of old-fashioned litigation!
Litigation always goes round in a circle. There are two potential routes.

Network Rail & the local authority identify the local campaigners who have done what they could to inhibit town and infrastructure growth and blame them.

Or, it gets added to your council tax bill...
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: Yet another transport mess, courtesy of Oxfordshire County Council and Network Rail. What should happen is that road users should be paid mileage and money for the inconvenience and additional time and delays. This would then make the cost of a temporary bridge seem insignificant and worthwhile - nothing gets backsides moving better than a bit of old-fashioned litigation![/p][/quote]Litigation always goes round in a circle. There are two potential routes. Network Rail & the local authority identify the local campaigners who have done what they could to inhibit town and infrastructure growth and blame them. Or, it gets added to your council tax bill... Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 0

10:06am Mon 28 Jul 14

## Nonny Mouse ## says...

The surrounding lanes will be a nightmare.
The surrounding lanes will be a nightmare. ## Nonny Mouse ##
  • Score: 2

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree