The closure of a key level crossing for emergency safety works in Bicester has been extended.

The London Road at the level crossing has been closed after a safety inspection found a number of rails needed to be changed due to "wear and tear".

The closure, which began on Sunday (March 17), was expected to finish at 6am today (March 19) however this has now been extended until tomorrow (March 20).

Pedestrians are still able to use the level crossing and there is limited access being maintained for buildings in the area and emergency service vehicles.

The county council has suggested an alternative route via London Road, A4421, Launton Road, London Road and vice versa.

Natalie Stretton, head of operational risk at Network Rail Central, said: “Following routine safety inspections of the level crossing, it was identified that due to wear and tear, some of the steel rods needed replacing.

"In order to carry out this work, it has been necessary to close the road to vehicular traffic.

"Pedestrians are still able to use the level crossing, ensuring that they obey the signals, audible warning and barriers.

"Our engineers are working as quickly as possible to make the essential repairs and aim to have the level crossing fully re-open by Wednesday 20 March.

"Safety is our priority - we apologise for the inconvenience caused and thank you for your patience”.