DRIVERS faced 'total gridlock' in Oxford on their commute home this evening, with problems partly closed by a lane closure on the A40.

Part of the road was closed earlier this afternoon after a lorry overturned, on the stretch between Headington and Cutteslowe roundabouts. 

Oxfordshire County Council said the road had reopened by 5.30pm, but warned of 'heavy congestion' in the Headington area and 'residual delays.’

Tony Brett, who works in Oxford University's Medical Sciences Division, said there was 'total gridlock' around the hospital sites in Headington and 'nothing was moving at all' as of 5pm. 

Police warned drivers to avoid the area where the lorry overturned, while bus services advised passengers to expect delays. 

The Oxford Tube tweeted at 5.30pm advising passengers that it could not currently stop at Thornhill park and ride Oxford-bound, due to the delays on the roads.

Stagecoach Oxford warned of delays of up to 30 minutes for its hospital service.