Cost of ‘hamburger’ rises after orchids are relocated

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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.

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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

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