POLICE have urged drivers to avoid using the A34 in Oxfordshire as heavy snow has caused traffic to grind to a halt.

Vicky Brandon, a spokesman for Thames Valley Police, said there were major tailbacks between the Chilton and Bicester as drivers struggled to cope with the winter whiteout.

Ms Brandon said: “Cars have been getting stuck and there have been major tailbacks building up in both directions.

“Drivers are being advised not to use the A34 and to avoid using their cars in these conditions.”

traffic in Oxford city centre is at a standstill, with cars getting stuck in the snow, and drivers have been helping each other to push their cars out.

John Greene, 45, from Iffley, got stuck in Thames Street after leaving the Westgate Centre car park.

He said: “It’s very annoying but there is nothing you can do about it.

“I came into do a bit of shopping because I thought it would be quiet but it’s chaos.”

Jane Parsons, from Oxford, who was on her way to the Dragon School in north Oxford, added: “Drivers are having to push each other out of the snow when they get stuck.”

There have been delays due to abandoned vehicles and snow on the A4074 around Baldon Lane.

And there are hazardous driving conditions at the A4130 roundabout at the A34 Milton interchange after the roundabout was blocked with lorries which could not access the Milton Park industrial estate.

There was also congestion in Abingdon town centre with traffic brought to a standstill.

And drivers abandoned their cars on the A361 in Chipping Norton as visibility for drivers fell to 100 yards.

The A420 Faringdon Bypass was also partially blocked due to an accident involving two vehicles at London Street.

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