THE major and controversial extension of the car park at a park and ride facility is fast progressing.

Work at the Seacourt Park and Ride in Botley Road will see an extra 595 spaces available for motorists.

Oxford City Council’s plans to add the spaces have faced delays due to supply problems caused by Brexit, winter flooding and the coronavirus pandemic.

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Work initially started in the summer of 2019, and by the last count in September 2020, the total cost of the project stood at £5.6 million.

The park and ride extension is on the edge of floodplain land, though is not thought to be in a high risk flood area.

During a January council meeting, Liberal Democrat councillor Liz Wade said the car park extension had been ‘inundated’ with flood water on Christmas Day, and had been flooded the year before.