ROADWORKS caused major delays on a key route in and out of Oxford today. 

Botley Road was congested in both directions for most the afternoon, due to three-way traffic lights at the junction of Ferry Hinksey Road. 

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Tailbacks were stretching back onto the Botley Interchange and the A34 exit slip road, and onto the A420. 

Oxfordshire County Council has warned motorists to expect delays in both directions. 

Oxford Mail:

Delays shown on Google Maps at 12pm today

Commuters have reported delays of more than 30 minutes heading into the city from the Botley Interchange, and at least 15 minutes travelling in the opposite direction. 

Oxford Mail:

Pic: Stan Skarzynski

The lights are in place while gas main works take place. 

SGN, which is carrying out the works, expect them to be finished by September 6.

Dan Burt, who manages the site for SGN, said new gas pipes are being installed to link Ferry Hinksley Road to main pipes beneath Botley Road.

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He said: "We do what we can to limit the queues. We started at 9.30am, after the morning rush hour. We put it down when we can and we are constantly in contact with the traffic room. We do the best we can."

Signage suggested the works were due to start last Monday.