Residents meet rail bosses about proposed closure of A338

Some residents walked out of a meeting with Network Rail bosses about the proposed closure of the A338 at Grove.

More than 250 people packed out the parish church hall in Grove tonight where they were expecting to learn how Network Rail will manage the six-month closure next year.

Network Rail needs to close the road to raise the station road bridge at the Volunteer pub by 1.3 metres, in order to install electric overhead wires on the train line beneath.

The work is part of the firm's £1bn electrification of the Great Western Main Line.

The company was unable to say how long the road will be closed for, when the closure will begin or where traffic will be diverted.

Grove resident John Blair, 70, said: "They have wasted residents' time by coming out so unprepared that they have alienated themselves and got everyone antagonised."

Grove Parish Council called the meeting after Network Rail applied to Oxfordshire County Council to close the bridge for six months from February 10.

However, the county's infrastructure officer Yim Kong promised residents that the closure would not begin on February 10.

The meeting ended with Grove Parish Council leader Frank Parnell promising there would be another public meeting giving residents more details "two to three months before work begins".

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