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Oxfordshire County Council has tweeted to say the Eastern Bypass northbound is open after earlier accident near Cowley flyover.


NINE people escaped serious injury after the mini bus they were travelling in rolled over in Bicester.
The accident happened on the A41 near the new housing estate development at about 12.16pm today.
Three people were taken to the Horton Hospital in Banbury and two to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, but all with non-serious injuries.
The ambulance service sent two rapid response vehicles, four ambulance, two offices and a basics doctor to the scene.
The air ambulance was also readied but was not needed. The fire service and police also attended.






THE ambulance service has received more than 4,000 emergency calls over the weekend.

Snow and ice has hit Oxfordshire since Friday, leading to a rise in falls and traffic collisions across the region.

South Central Ambulance Service said it had received 4,166 emergency calls between 0.01am on Friday and 7pm today. A rise of 694 calls.

Of these, 744 were falls and 111 were traffic collisions.

This compares to 3,472 emergency calls, including 582 falls and 108 traffic collisions, over the same period last weekend.

The statistics cover the ambulance service’s region, which includes Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Hampshire.



Courthill Road, Letcombe Regis is closed between Main Street and the A338 Manor Road due to ice


THE Eastern Bypass at Horspath Driftway is closed in both directions after a collision involving three cars.

At least one person has been taken to hospital following the accident, which happened on the southbound carriageway near the Cowley Mini plant at about 6pm.

A motorist had to be cut from their car by the fire service. An ambulance has taken at least one patient to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford but a spokesman said they do not yet have information about the nature of their injuries.

Another ambulance remains at the scene.

The accident was spotted by an ambulance crew on route to another collision, involving a van and a car, on the Eastern Bypass near Ambassador Avenue. The accident happened at about 5.48pm and no one was injured.


School closures: three schools are already reported as being closed tomorrow. We will be updating from first thing tomorrow with closures as they are reported.

Keep an eye on our Schools Closure page.


Oxfordshire County Council says Dial-a-Ride and daycare transport is cancelled for tomorrow.

The council has apologised for the inconvenience.


A TRAPPED motorist has been cut from their vehicle after a two-car crash on the Oxford Ring Road.

The accident happened at about 6.10pm on the southbound carriageway of the Eastern Bypass by the Horspath Driftway turn.

The casualty has been released to the ambulance service.

The county council say the road is closed.


Cotswold Wildlife Park near Burford has closed up to an including Wednesday, January 23, due to the weather conditions.

For more information and updates, check


Major disruptions are now being reported on First Great Western services between London Paddington and Oxford.


Met Office spokesman Dave Britton said: “You’ll get some light snow through the rest of the afternoon, but that’s going to gradually move away as we go into the evening.

“For much of the night it will be largely dry and rather cloudy but it will be a rather chilly night and you’ve got a lot of snow lying around already, which is going to be there for some time.”



First Great Western have reported a “moderate disruption” to rail services between Oxford and London Paddington, but no specific services have been cancelled.





Right, let's have a bit of fun with the great readers' pictures that have been sent in and pick the best one.

Go to either the first or second picture galleries and pick your favourites. We'll collate the votes and then tomorrow have a final for the top five to choose the best one.

We've had some beautiful images from fantanstic snowy streets or country scenes, to snowmen, to the panda, to the turtle, to icy plants and a wedding cake.

But it's down to you guys. Play fair though and only vote for a picture once please.

The majority of the readers' pictures are on the second picture gallery. The first picture gallery is a mixture from readers and our own photographers.








Snow is falling in Oxfordshire, adding to problems being caused by icy roads.

Met Office weather charts are showing heavier snowfall in London, Peterborough and Norwich, which could spread west.







More readers' pictures in our second picture gallery - including that lovely wedding cake. 

And don't ignore the original one either - a mix of your pictures and our photographers'.

Keep them coming via the Twittter machine today - use our @TheOxfordMail tag to let us know they've dropped.












Oxford Bus Company has announced all services are now running in full, with the exception of the 4C service to Dean Court, which now terminates at Elms Parade.


Good morning. The Met Office forecast for the city this morning is for snow all day starting from 9amish.





Picture gallery updated and it includes the Snow Panda!!





The Met Office has predicted more snow tomorrow, although this should be lighter than the deluge seen on Friday morning.

Monday is expected to be cloudy, with no snow predicted, and sleet is likely to hit the county on Tuesday.






The Railway Correspondents and Travel Society in Oxford has been forced to cancel its meeting, due to be held on Monday at the West Oxford Democrats Club.


Here's the latest news on bus services in the area:

Stagecoach services 214 and 215, which both serve Witney, Cogges and Madley Park, are not running due to the weather. Passengers for the 214 should instead use the 213 and passengers for the 215 should use the S2 or 233 to the main road instead.

The S3 service will not call at Cornish Road in Chipping Norton or at Combe. The S4 will not service Duns Tew, the S5 cannot get to Sunderland Drive or Bowmont Square.

Further adjustments:

Route 11  unable to serve North Leigh, Cuckoo Lane (Freeland) or Spareacre Lane in Eynsham

Route 18 unable to serve Heyford Close (Standlake), Northmoor and Bablockhythe

Route 19 unable to serve Ducklington and Black Bourton

Route 64 is running on the main road only

Route 213 running to/from the town centre via Hailey Road, Eastfield Road, Hailey Road, Woodstock Road, Jubilee Way and Oxford Hill only.

Route 233 Witney to Fulbrook only, but unable to serve Deer Park Estate in Witney

Route 242  running via the main road (A4095) only.

Route 488 running via the 489 route and via Hailey Road instead of Cornish Road in Chipping Norton

Route B5 running via Warwick Road instead of Hastings Road

Route B8 unable to serve Sinclair Avenue, Daimler Avenue, Longelands Way or Sussex Drive

Route X8 running between Chipping Norton and Kingham Station only via the main road

Route X9 unable to serve Finstock or Ramsden villages and The Bell in Charlbury (running via The Slade)

The Oxford Bus Company has reported normal services on most of its routes in the city and on its park and ride services.

The 4, 4a, 4b and 4c services will not stop at Dean Court but will travel along the Eynsham Road and stop outside Dean Court Estate.

Passengers using the X90 London bus and the Airline services to Heathrow and Gatwick are being warned their journeys may take longer than planned


Oxfordshire County Council has announced that libraries in North Leigh and Stonesfield have closed today, but Kennington, which was expected to be shut, is open as normal.


A WOMAN has died after a collision in Oxford in the early hours of this morning.

Police have confirmed that the 26-year-old driver of a car involved in a collision in Headington at around 12.55am has died from her injuries.

The woman’s blue Volkswagen Golf left the carriageway of the A40 Northern Bypass near the Green Road roundabout as she was travelling from the Banbury Road direction.

PC Wayne Mills said: “It appears at this stage that this was the only vehicle involved in the incident but there were other motorists around at the time.

“I urge anyone who may have seen what happened, or the vehicle prior to the incident, to contact the police.”

Any witnesses should call Sgt Scott Silk by dialing 101.

Anyone wanting to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111  or online.


Crosscountry, First Great Western and Chiltern Railways have reported good services on all lines, but have warned the weather could still lead to last-minute delays or cancellations, and urged passengers to check before they travel.

You can check online at, and

Crosscountry can be reached on 0844 811 0124  and First Great Western’s number is  08457 000 125. Chiltern Railways do not operate a customer services number at weekends.


Two people were taken to the John Radcliffe hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after the collision involving an army vehicle on the M40 this morning.

The Highways Agency has reported that the collision also involved a coach and two cars.











All three lanes on the M40 northbound at junction seven have re-opened following an earlier collision.

Police said only minor injuries were recorded at the scene and the cause of the smash is currently unknown.


New gallery of readers' snow pictures now online. If you want to contribute, tweet us via @TheOxfordMail or use the hashtag #oxsnow


County council leader Ian Hudspeth says he has cancelled a surgery due to be held today in his division of Woodstock, so he can help clear the snow.


Shopping centre Bicester Village has announced to its followers on twitter that it’s open for business as usual today.


Delays are being reported on the M40 northbound near junction seven for Thame after a collision.

Two lanes were initially closed after the smash, reported at around 6.45am today. It is believed to have involved a car, two vans and a lorry.

Only one lane remains closed, and queues are reported about a mile and a half from the scene.


The remnants of snow on Oxford’s roads have turned to ice overnight, leading to hazardous conditions.

Last night, police urged drivers to make journeys only if they are completely necessary.

Thames Valley Police acting superintendent Henry Parsons said: “In view of the snow and now the freezing temperatures, road conditions are not good.

“I would advise motorists to only use their cars if absolutely necessary and if you have to drive anywhere then I urge drivers to be “slow in the snow”.

“We’ve had a very busy day today with numerous crashes, fortunately most of which have been predominantly either “damage only” or minor injury across the force area.

“These hazardous driving conditions may last for a few days.”





M40 is shut northbound between junctions 7 & 8a following a crash involving a lorry, two vans and a car. Vehicles moved to side of motorway but surface needs re-gritting.



Oxford Bus Company services running normally, it says, except for the X90 to Reading, which is taking longer than usual.

The only other issue is on City4/A/B/C: Currently unable to serve Dean Court. All other areas operating as normal.



Morning. We're starting a new snow blog for the weekend to keep you up to date.

At the moment the Met Office is forecasting snow for the city this morning. There is, however, snow forecast throughout tomorrow daytime.

Out west it is the same for this morning but snow to come in this evening as well. Tomorrow the forecasters are saying snow thoughout the afternoon and night.

North Oxfordshire is expected to see snow only mid-afternoon today, but tomorrow it is coming in in the afternoon and throughout the night.

South Oxfordshire will get snow early this morning and that may be it for the day, says the Met Office. However the snow is likely to return all day tomorrow.

The real warning though is for icy roads.

The Met Office warning says: "Although some further slight snowfalls are likely, with 1 to 2 cm of fresh snow in a few places, the focus switches to ice, with sub-zero temperatures persisting over existing snow cover for many areas and spreading back into parts of the southwest towards daybreak on Saturday.

"The public should be aware of the risk of localised disruption to transport during this spell of wintry weather."


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3:51pm Sun 20 Jan 13

Feelingsmatter says...

I wish John Mason School would be more specific on their website; saying "We will endeavour to open the school again as soon as possible. " is about as much use as a barbecue in an igloo.
I wish John Mason School would be more specific on their website; saying "We will endeavour to open the school again as soon as possible. " is about as much use as a barbecue in an igloo. Feelingsmatter
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