SEVERE traffic congestion was reported around Oxford city centre this afternoon. 

Oxfordshire County Council said the 1,000-space Westgate car park was completely full, while Oxford Bus Company warned of major delays and even service cancellations due to the traffic.

Tweeting at about 1.30pm, the bus provider said: "Delays on Abingdon Road have now reached 40 minutes and Botley Road 30 minutes. This is having a severe impact on our services operating along those routes. Please expect cancellations as well as delays.

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The delays were understood to be simply due to volume of traffic rather than a specific incident. 

Oxford Mail:

Traffic shown on Google Maps at 2pm

Roadworks on Botley Road, paired with more people using their cars rather than cycling in the bad weather, made congestion worse. 

Frideswide Square was among the worst-affected areas, with the mini roundabouts seen at gridlock as of about 1.45pm.

The bus company was still reporting severe delays to some of its services at 3pm - for live travel updates, click here.