Cost of ‘hamburger’ rises after orchids are relocated

.

.

First published in News

WORK at Kennington roundabout is set to go over budget by about £1.5m, partly due to the relocation of protected orchids.

Oxfordshire County Council is turning the junction into a “hamburger” roundabout to make traffic flow better.

The scheme – originally due to cost about £6m – will also see traffic flow improved at the Hinksey Hill interchange and the four bridges between Heyford Hill and Hinksey Hill refurbished.

A report to the county council’s cabinet, which meets today, says the increased cost is due to higher than expected subcontractor costs, the relocation of protected orchids, and the use of temporary electronic signs.

The report says the county council had considered redesigning the scheme to make it cost less but has now decided to use funds from underspends and unrequired contingencies from its 2013/14 highways maintenance budget.

Council spokesman Martin Crabtree said: “The main reason for the increase in the cost of the work at Kennington is the delays relating to the water mains diversion work carried out by Thames Water.

“Pyramidal Orchids during the surveying and they were moved before the scheme started to a location nearby, but away from the work.

“The cost of doing this amounted to approximately £6,000, which is a tiny part of the overall scheme cost, but important in ensuring we do not destroy valuable grassland habitat when undertaking the scheme.”

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.

The work is expected to be completed by the end of November, with a six-day working week to get the scheme finished on target.

• Our top stories:

UPDATE: Man left with serious head injuries after being hit with wooden item during fight in Bicester

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

3:17pm Saturday 31st January 2015

THREE men have been arrested after a man was left with "serious injuries," police say.

Landslip near Banbury shuts line to Leamington Spa causing major delays

Oxford Mail: A Chiltern Railways Clubman train

10:29am Sunday 1st February 2015

TRAINS from Oxford to the north of England will be disrupted until at least Tuesday after a landslip on Saturday.

Snow across Oxfordshire - in readers' pictures + forecast

Oxford Mail:

7:43am Saturday 31st January 2015

IT'S been snowing overnight in Oxfordshire and here's some of the pictures our readers have sent in.

Record broken as more than £500,000 raised for Poppy Appeal

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Saturday 31st January 2015

THE POPPY Appeal’s fundraising target has been smashed in the county.

Healthcare worker brought back from Africa to UK for Ebola monitoring via Brize Norton

Oxford Mail: RAF logo

1:20pm Saturday 31st January 2015

A British military healthcare worker has been brought back to England for Ebola monitoring after suffering a needle-stick injury while treating a person in Sierra Leone.

Oxford United striker Danny Hylton says they are ready for Stevenage battle

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 31st January 2015

Danny Hylton has warned Oxford United will get “eaten alive” at Stevenage today unless they match their hosts’ appetite for a battle.

Comments (8)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

8:20am Tue 17 Jun 14

Syco24 says...

This will be yet another road in Oxfordshire that is poorly maintained and full of pot holes.

It amazes me that the council say "use funds from underspends and unrequired contingencies from its 2013/14 highways maintenance budget" - this money should have been spent on repairing the existing roads to an adequate level.

No lets build new roads and then leave the rest in poor state of repair.
This will be yet another road in Oxfordshire that is poorly maintained and full of pot holes. It amazes me that the council say "use funds from underspends and unrequired contingencies from its 2013/14 highways maintenance budget" - this money should have been spent on repairing the existing roads to an adequate level. No lets build new roads and then leave the rest in poor state of repair. Syco24
  • Score: 4

12:44pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

£6000 for a bloke and a shovel to dig up some poxy plants and replant them, that is seriously taking the **** and a complete waste of taxpayers money.
£6000 for a bloke and a shovel to dig up some poxy plants and replant them, that is seriously taking the **** and a complete waste of taxpayers money. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
  • Score: 3

1:22pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Sisca17 says...

Must they leave the reduced speed limit signs out on the neighbouring roads 24/7? No one is sticking to 30 on the stretch between the Kennington and Heyford Hill roundabouts on Sundays for example, so you feel an idiot (and a traffic hazard) sticking to 30 as signed and yet it's techinically breaking the law to exceed 30.
Must they leave the reduced speed limit signs out on the neighbouring roads 24/7? No one is sticking to 30 on the stretch between the Kennington and Heyford Hill roundabouts on Sundays for example, so you feel an idiot (and a traffic hazard) sticking to 30 as signed and yet it's techinically breaking the law to exceed 30. Sisca17
  • Score: 1

1:22pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Neonlights says...

"The work is expected to be completed by the end of November, with a six-day working week to get the scheme finished on target."

If they worked through the night when there's less traffic about then they'd probably finish it by August.
"The work is expected to be completed by the end of November, with a six-day working week to get the scheme finished on target." If they worked through the night when there's less traffic about then they'd probably finish it by August. Neonlights
  • Score: 6

1:54pm Tue 17 Jun 14

roj2011 says...

The last time there was major work on the Hinksey Hill interchange, the earth- moving equipment was parked on top of the orchids. At least this time a spend of £6K provides an alternative survival, unlike the first time. Mind you, I don't suppose the subcontractors charged 'normal' gardeners rates of £7/hour?
The last time there was major work on the Hinksey Hill interchange, the earth- moving equipment was parked on top of the orchids. At least this time a spend of £6K provides an alternative survival, unlike the first time. Mind you, I don't suppose the subcontractors charged 'normal' gardeners rates of £7/hour? roj2011
  • Score: 2

4:58pm Tue 17 Jun 14

John Lamb says...

The council has left the grass along it's roads and highways for so long this year that I'm just surprised it wasn't triffids they had to move.
The council has left the grass along it's roads and highways for so long this year that I'm just surprised it wasn't triffids they had to move. John Lamb
  • Score: 4

6:59pm Wed 18 Jun 14

deedee444 says...

R_I_D_I_C_U_L_O_U_S blame the hippy treehugging council,should be more delays when they find the lesser spotted newts.............
R_I_D_I_C_U_L_O_U_S blame the hippy treehugging council,should be more delays when they find the lesser spotted newts............. deedee444
  • Score: -1

9:50pm Wed 18 Jun 14

docs says...

Sisca17 wrote:
Must they leave the reduced speed limit signs out on the neighbouring roads 24/7? No one is sticking to 30 on the stretch between the Kennington and Heyford Hill roundabouts on Sundays for example, so you feel an idiot (and a traffic hazard) sticking to 30 as signed and yet it's techinically breaking the law to exceed 30.
Absolutely agree. Having limits in place when they're not needed just breeds contempt.
[quote][p][bold]Sisca17[/bold] wrote: Must they leave the reduced speed limit signs out on the neighbouring roads 24/7? No one is sticking to 30 on the stretch between the Kennington and Heyford Hill roundabouts on Sundays for example, so you feel an idiot (and a traffic hazard) sticking to 30 as signed and yet it's techinically breaking the law to exceed 30.[/p][/quote]Absolutely agree. Having limits in place when they're not needed just breeds contempt. docs
  • Score: 0

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