Drivers are being warned they face further delays at the A34 Botley interchange this weekend.

Some drivers were stuck in traffic and delayed for hours between September and the beginning of March while National Highways staff were carrying out work at the interchange.

The work is now completed, but further delays are expected from Friday when gas company SGN is set to be on site.

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SGN has a statement on its website which says: "Following our network enhancement project on the A34 in November 2023, we need to return this weekend to fully reinstate the road.

"For everyone's safety, we'll need to close both lanes of the southbound carriageway near Botley from 9pm on Friday, March 22 until 5am on Monday, March 25.

Oxford Mail: Traffic delays at the Botley interchange"Once this work is finished the project will be completed. 

"The project will be carried out by our trusted contractor, Forefront Utilities, acting on our behalf."

A signed diversion will be in place using the following roads:

  • A44 Woodstock Road
  • A40 Sunderland Avenue
  • A40 Elsfield Way
  • A40 Northern Bypass road
  • A40 North Way
  • A4142 Eastern Bypass Road
  • A423 Southern Bypass Road

The statement added: "Please ensure any deliveries or visitors are aware of the closures and diversions. You may need to allow additional time for your journey.

"We're sorry for any inconvenience our work may cause - our traffic management measures have been carefully selected so that our work can be completed safely and efficiently."

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