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Blog: Oxfordshire flooding latest, Friday, January 10
Updated 11:39am Saturday 11th January 2014 in News
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- Botley Road and Abingdon Road will not reopen today
- Flood waters around Botley Road and Abingdon Road have now peaked
- But they will remain high in the coming days
- The Prime Minister has visited flood victims
- More rain is expected tonight and through to 6am
Good morning. As per other days we are starting a new blog for Saturday. Click here.
Until Abingdon Road and Botley Road are reopened, a number of bus services in Oxford will continue to use diversionary routes, with extended jourmey times, into the weekend
Other services operated by the Oxford Bus Company, Stagecoach and Thames Travel will also have longer than usual journey times, due to congestion resulting from the road closures and the temporary lifting of restrictions on other traffic in the High Street.
Many buses suffered delays of up to an hour on their scheduled journeys at times today, also including routes around Abingdon.
Stagecoach has advised passengers that any diverted buses cannot serve bus stops that are off their normal routes.
Just bloody typical, I've been waiting for public transport on the Abingdon Road for over an hour, then three canoes come along at once.— @Hall7593 10 January 2014
First Great Western says that it will continue to operate an hourly shuttle train service between Oxford and Didcot Parkway tomorrow due to flooding of the tracks at Redbridge.
All trains will call at Radley, Culham and Appleford en route and buses will be available to supplement the trains if required. The trains will leave Oxford at seven minutes past the hour and Didcot at 26 minutes past the hour.
A modified timetable will be in operation on the Cotswold Line between Oxford and Worcester, so passengers are advised to check train times before setting out for the station. The 06.17 train from Hereford to London is planned to run through to London via the Cotswold Line and Oxford as normal, though with an extended journey time due to the flooding.
Due to the limited capacity of the Oxford-Didcot shuttle trains, FGW is advising passengers that they can also travel between Oxford and London via Banbury, changing there for Chiltern Railways services to and from London Marylebone.
CrossCountry is planning to operate an hourly service each way between Birmingham, Banbury, Oxford, Reading and the South Coast tomorrow and until the flooding ends.
A bus service for CrossCountry passengers will also run between Banbury and Winchester stations, due to extended journey times on trains passing through the flooded section of track.
Disruption caused by the flooding is expected to continue to affect FGW and CrossCountry services on Sunday.
Chiltern Railways will run a normal service between Oxford, Islip and Bicester Town and on its mainline services between London Marylebone, Haddenham & Thame Parkway, Bicester North, Banbury and Birmingham, although buses will replace trains between Bicester North and Princes Risborough after 11pm.
- During the disruption, passengers can use CrossCountry, Chiltern Railways, FGW, London Midland and Virgin Trains services on all reasonable routes to complete their journeys.
And this is the one that matters most for people in the Botley Road and Abingdon Road areas.
River levels on the Thames, Bulstake, Hinksey and Seacourt streams have now reached their maximum levels. However, officials expect levels to remain high over the coming days.
Out in the west of the county, these places - Buscot Wick down to Shifford, including Buscot, Kelmscott, Radcot, Lower Bampton area and the Chimney area - were all put on flood warning on Christmas Day. But waters are now falling there.
The Binsey, Osney and Osney Island areas in Oxford have also reached their maximum level, the agency says.
River levels on the Thames in Abingdon have now begun to stabilise.
That is also the outlook for the area between Kings Lock and Newbridge.
In Kennington, this is the latest outlook from the agency:
"River levels on the Thames in Oxford have now reached their maximum level. However, we can expect levels to remain high over the coming days."
Again, the Environment Agency prediction is the same for Culham.
The same prognosis applies to Sandford and Radley.
In Clifton Hampden, Little Wittenham and Dorchester, river levels on the Thames have now begun to stabilise. The Environment Agency does not anticipate any further significant rise in river levels, but small fluctuations can be expected.
In Wolvercote, river levels on the Thames have reached their maximum level and are slowly dropping. However, we can expect levels to remain high over the coming days.
Tonight, more rain is forecast in the Oxford area. It is expected to rain until 6am, with heavy rain from 3am. The situation is set to be clearer then, but there is likely to be more light and heavy rain on Sunday, with more gloom and rain on Tuesday.
Are we finally past the worst of it? It seems that way. But the weather will not be bone dry in the days ahead.
@TheOxfordMail I tried to locate the Thames in Port Meadow yesterday. Not so easy... http://t.co/4DLxOHVEof— @skittledog 10 January 2014
The flood warning on the River Windrush through Witney and Ducklington to Hardwick has been lifted tonight.
However, the Windrush remains on flood alert throughout its course from Bourton-on-the-Water to Newbridge.
The Environment Agency said that while the river level had begun to fall it was expected to remain very high over the weekend and into next week.
Oxford and Cambridge went head to head in an alternative boat race on Abingdon Road today.
Crowds of about 50 lined the street as the remote controlled boats set off through the flooded road.
The race was thought up by employees at Isis Creative Framing in neighbouring Northampton Road to bump up the morale of residents and businesses hit by flooding.
Isis Creative Framing owner John Brooks, who was celebrating his 61st birthday today, said: “Racing radio controlled boats on a flooded Abingdon Road on your birthday, it doesn’t get any better.
“There was a real community spirit. It’s been a really difficult and tiring week, but we have been inundated with calls and emails from people thanking us for lifting their spirits, and it lifted our too.
“We just thought, look, we’ve lost so much money this week, let’s just go and enjoy ourselves.”
The light blue Cambridge boat just pipped Oxford to the post.
A burst water main has been reported on the junction of the Oxford road and Bicester Road in Kidlington. Causing delays on A4260 #C9377— @TVP_Kidlington 10 January 2014
An hourly train shuttle service will run between Oxford and Didcot Parkway tonight. The service has been disrupted by flooding over the last few days.
But the trains will be able to stop at Radley, Culham and Appleford tonight, First Great Western revealed within the last hour.
The service is expected to be extremely busy so passengers travelling between London or Oxford and North Cotswolds are advised to travel on Chiltern Train Services between London Marylebone and Banbury and then change for Oxford.
CrossCountry trains are now running again between Oxford and Reading after an easing of the flooding problems at Redbridge.
One CrossCountry train an hour is operating in each direction, in addition to First Great Western's hourly shuttle services between Oxford and Didcot Parkway.
RT @David_Cameron: Seeing impact of flooding here in my constituency. A big thank you to Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue, WODC and @EnvAgency. ht…— @EnvAgency 10 January 2014
Although there is talk of Botley Road reopening soon, it seems unlikely at the moment - according to Linda Wride.
"The easiest place to walk the section between Binsey Lane and Ferry Hinksey Road is along the middle of the road on the white line," she said - as this image she sent in demonstrates.
Oxfordshire’s ambulance service is warning residents to watch out for hidden hazards in floodwater.
South Central Ambulance Service is calling for the public to be aware of loose or missing manhole covers, objects and street furniture in the water.
It is also warning that they could be a risk of diseases in flooded areas like the bacterial infection Weils Disease, the liver infection Hepatitis A and gastrointestinal illnesses.
@TheOxfordMail http://t.co/JyTJ1AZRYZ— @LibbyAley 10 January 2014
And another evening of stationary traffic in St Giles trying to leave the city. @TheOxfordMail http://t.co/KPCJYC7I4D— @davidgduffy 10 January 2014
The Environment Agency is warning that flooding is expected in Oxfordshire - especially in the south - over the weekend.
Some people have had a long trek into work this week.
Alex Grant, 26, who works in advertising in London, has been walking from his home in Cumnor to the train station.
He said: “It has taken me up to two and a half hours to walk and then get the train. I normally drive up to the station. It’s not too bad, but my journey has been much longer.”
To help reduce the risk of potential flooding from bow waves the Kennington flood barrier will remain in place this weekend— @WhiteHorseDC 10 January 2014
Leslie Live sent in this picture of cars going through the water in Botley Road, Oxford
Pupinder Ghapora, owner of Woodlands Pharmacy in Botley Road, says they have been open all throughout the flooding this week.
Mr Ghapora said staff have been wading in and they've still been delivering medication to the disabled and elderly people in the area who haven't been able to get out.
He said: "During every flood we have stayed open making sure our customers get their medication. We've had a few issues with deliveries but I made sure I drop myself up to the end of Botley Road to make sure we got our supplies."
Oxford City Council says it is keeping residents of Weirs Lane, Fox Crescent, Canning Crescent, Peel Place and Chatham Road in the Abingdon Road area of Oxford updated on the flooding situation this afternoon.
The letter issued to people on the affected streets says: "The Environment Agency is continuing to warn that water levels remain high and that there is a general risk of flooding. However they have gone on to confirm that levels are stabilising.
"Observations are that in your area levels peaked around midnight last night and that the immediate risk has passed. However, the general flood warning remains in place for your area. Therefore, it is still worth bearing in mind the advice we issued previously about what to do if your home does flood."
Flood puts a whole new meaning to the school pick-up.
Sub-editor Liz Nicholls is pictured carrying her daughter Amber through the water from New Hinksey Primary School.
Headteacher Mrs Charlotte Haynes has kept the school open, even though bits of it are immersed.
Botley Road’s businesses have continued to struggle with falling trade, with Cake Expectations, Oxford Ironmongery, Carpet Right and Classique hair salon all shut.
Ferhat Durmusoglu <<corr>>, from Knead Me Massage Therapies, was still open but said business was slow.
He said: “New clients have stopped coming in because of the floods. I would say we have lost thousands of pounds.”
Branch manager of Oxford Wine Company Lee Isaacs said: “It’s been significantly quieter. We’ve only had one or two people come in every day, so it’s been a big drop off.
“The week has been a right off. We would normally take about £10,000 in a week, but we’ve probably only got 10 per cent of that.”
Passengers travelling TO Redbridge, please make your way to the St.Aldates stop. Thank you for your cooperation.— @OxfordBusCo 10 January 2014
We advise all passengers travelling TO Pear Tree to make their way to the Magdalen Street stop.— @OxfordBusCo 10 January 2014
@theoxfordmail Woodstock road backed up all the way to st. Giles already! http://t.co/KW3cnkeN6H— @MedlanWhitaker 10 January 2014
@TheOxfordMail I'm no climate change denier but this was Oxford's crew on flooded Isis in 1872! http://t.co/IdMCANqkOR— @JoEamesAuthor 10 January 2014
Earl Street residents living off Botley Road are celebrating the news that water levels are finally falling.
Grandmother of five Betty Carman said: “I was pleased to see the water levels fall overnight and it seems to be going down.”
.@TheOxfordMail someone enjoying a bit of sailing on Oatlands Road Recreation Ground #oxford #flood http://t.co/DXvfDQqOHi— @thomasarran 10 January 2014
Oxford MP Andrew Smith has just dropped into the relief centre at Blackbird Leys leisure centre - and it is set to close today.
A family of seven used it overnight, and some others have been in today.
The relief centre is in the process of closing, he says.
"I am full of praise for the staff," he said. "There's nothing worse than having to leave your home."
The flood alert on the River Ock from Watchfield to Abingdon, and the Letcombe Brook at Wantage, Grove and East Hanney, has been lifted this afternoon by the Environment Agency
An update for commuters heading home from London this evening.
First Great Western is planning to run the 18.22 from Paddington to Hereford as a through service on its normal route to Oxford and stations along the Cotswold Line in West Oxfordshire but it will be late reaching Oxford and stations further west, due to the severe speed restrictions on the flooded section of track at Redbridge.
Oxford Mail reader John Broad took this spectacular image during a flight over the River Cherwell at Aynho, south of Banbury, yesterday.
Botley Road and Abingdon Road will not reopen today.
Council officials say they will monitor the situation over the weekend.
South Moreton to Hithercroft Rd is now open having been closed due to flooding. http://t.co/ya2PCacGp5— @OxfordshireCC 10 January 2014
Botley & Abingdon Roads in Oxford will not re-open today. They will be monitored over the weekend & only opened when safe....— @OxfordshireCC 10 January 2014
Residents in Fox Crescent, South Oxford, have been surrounded by flood water for the past five days, with the deluge covering their driveways and Fokhrul has sent us this picture.
David Cameron is in Bablockhythe - near Stanton Harcourt - today to talk to people affected by the flooding. Read tomorrow's Oxford Mail for the full story - but here he is talking to locals this afternoon.
Rachel Henson tweeted this picture of Oxford allotments
Oxford City Council has confirmed the majority of its sports pitches have been declared fit to play on this weekend.
Only the facilities at Grandpont and Hinksey have been ruled out of action.
In Friday’s Mail, a picture caption said Abingdon United’s pitch was flooded.
It is not and matches are still taking place.
Abingdon Town Football Club’s pitch is in fact the one that is waterlogged, as the story itself made clear.
Andrew Pulver has sent in this shot showing Binsey Lane, Oxford, still flooded
The parking sign in the car park at PC World, Botley Road, has now been taken down and Dixons Retail has confirmed it was not put up by PC World.
@SimonO19 Despite the floods Woodlands Pharmacy Botley Rd remains open & delivering urgent meds! We're wading in, we wont let patients down!— @hakunamatata167 10 January 2014
And here's more on that PC World sign that has got a few people hot under the collar
11:17am Fri 10 Jan 14
Wet Feet says
Shame on you PC World - one of the villains of this crisis, compared to the other businesses like Magenta Storage who have been actively supporting people through the floods.
An eagle eyed reader offers some advice
11:20am Fri 10 Jan 14
train passenger says
Picture at 10.54 AM: I am not big on health & safety but not sure it is a great idea to catch pike next to a sign that says 'Free manure, please take'........
Stephen Turnbull sent in this picture of the HMS Nobby's maiden voyage on the waters of Abingdon Road.
He said: "Initial sea trials look promising with only the battery capacity proving an issue to us!"
Residents in Weirs Lane/Fox Crescent and Abingdon Road area have spoken of their relief this morning as floodwaters appear to have subsided overnight.
Jayne Madden, 55, who lives in Weirs Lane said last night was scary. She said: "I feel relieved it is going down."
An hourly train service will operate between Didcot Parkway & Oxford; departs Didcot Parkway at 26 minutes past the hour & Oxford at 07 past— @FGW 10 January 2014
RT @FGW: Due to flooding between Didcot Parkway and Oxford fewer trains are able to run on all lines— @_ODoG_ 10 January 2014
An hourly train service will operate between Didcot Parkway & Oxford; departs Didcot Parkway at 26 minutes past the hour & Oxford at 07 past— @FGW 10 January 2014
Due to flooding between Didcot Parkway and Oxford fewer trains are able to run on all lines— @FGW 10 January 2014
The view onto South Street from West Street in the Osney area of Oxford this morning.
Dear @pcworld Please remove this sign from Botley Road store. Not necessary and is antagonising a lot of people http://t.co/oxQjrKw7XK— @SimonO19 10 January 2014
9:34am Fri 10 Jan 14
9am. Fox crescent no longer under water. Chatham road also improving
Anyone for fishing? This man has been out on Abingdon Road in Oxford - apparently catching perch, we are told.
There is only one upside to the floods for staff wading into work here: free tea & coffee and bacon and sausage sandwiches in the canteen.— @SimonO19 10 January 2014
Thames Travel is warning passengers travelling into and out of Oxford on its buses today to expect long delays due to diversions caused by the continued flood-related closures of Abingdon Road and Donnington Bridge.
The Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach say the same applies to their services, a number of which are also affected by the similar closure of Botley Road.
The water levels are significantly lower on Botley Road, the Mail is hearing today. "So much so that you could envisage the road being opened tomorrow," said one local.
@TheOxfordMail water still just over the rails at Kennington this morning http://t.co/32TfoNuc7U— @RichardA 10 January 2014
Officials are trying to restore power on Binsey Lane. Reporter Tom Burrows - @THBurrows - says the power cuts are affecting a number of residents.
First Great Western says that its Oxford-Didcot Parkway shuttle trains are now running hourly and calling at Culham and Appleford en route, as well as Radley.
The trains leave Oxford at seven minutes past the hour and Didcot at 26 minutes past the hour.
And the operator says that the disruption to services due to flood water on the tracks between Oxford and Radley is expected to continue all day tomorrow.
Network Rail staff are on duty at Redbridge to inspect the line after each train has passed through the area.
As well as the FGW shuttle, a number of freight trains are still operating. All trains have to pass through the flooded section at walking pace.
This was the scene in the Ferry Hinksey Road and Osney Mead area this morning at 7.30am. The routes are shut, but several vans were driving through to get to and from offices in the area. The water is still high, but has fallen since yesterday. One pedestrian this morning said the water was still high enough to go over their wellies, so walking down the routes is not advisable.
Another scene from Lower Radley
An Oxford resident reading our blog from his holidays in New Zealand is watching closely to see whether his home is safe.
And the reader, Karl Sternberg, says he is relieved things appear to be getting better.
"We live behind St Frideswide's Church on Osney Island/Botley Road.
"But we are on holiday 13,000 miles away in South Island, New Zealand.
"Your blog on the floods has been the very best source of info throughout this crisis.
"Our house is surrounded but safe- so pleased to read that the waters are finally stabilising/receding...finally I can sleep in NZ."
Lower Radley this morning
The scene in Lower Radley this morning - Martin Wilson and his labrador Leo out for a walk
The county council has confirmed a family of seven stayed at the Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre overnight after leaving their home in the Abingdon Road area, Oxford, but will be leaving shortly
All the recycling centres are still open as normal, please note due to road closures access to Redbridge may be difficult.— @OxfordshireCC 10 January 2014
There are no time estimates as to when Botley or Abingdon Roads can re-open, we will do so as soon as we can.— @OxfordshireCC 10 January 2014
This is the Duke of Monmouth pub on Abingdon Road in Oxford this morning.
Water levels on Fox Crescent and Chatham Road have receded a lot over night. The routes - at the corner of Weirs Lane and Abingdon Road - were yesterday badly flooded.
Botley Park is still under water today.
Reporter Tom Burrows says water levels are down on Bullstake Close, one of the streets off Botley Road worst affected by the floods.
Binsey Lane in Oxford today - no improvement waterwise. http://t.co/Z5OREGVwjj— @ClareWoodling 10 January 2014
Richard Green sent in this picture showing the floodwater has dropped in Abingdon Road, Oxford, overnight.
@theoxfordmail a quiet abingdon road this morning, water levels have gone down a bit over night Harmonie limb http://t.co/Dw5fMvk4WH— @faithharmonie 10 January 2014
Real time updates from this @TheOxfordMail billboard with Botley Road still flooded this morning http://t.co/ULns6VgJOd— @harryrutter 10 January 2014
There are seven people staying at the Blackbird Leys leisure centre, the Mail has been told.
@TheOxfordMail sun rises on a brighter day seen from Folly bridge. Water seems to have gone down slightly. #yay http://t.co/zE0G38RqrO— @Nikulele 10 January 2014
@TheOxfordMail #floods have subsided a little at the end of Hill View Rd. Footpath at that point now has puddles & is not underwater.— @cicely 10 January 2014
Reporter Emma Harrison is on Weirs Lane this morning. She says the water levels in the area are definitely down on yesterday.
Nicola Small, who works at the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, says Abingdon Road has improved overnight.
"Abingdon Road is definitely improving – last night the section between Norreys Avenue and Vicarage Lane was completely underwater. This morning the middle third is out of the water.
"Iffley Lock has gone down by 4cm since 6pm last night."
Botley Road may reopen today, the Mail understands.
Are there any families staying at the Blackbird Leys leisure centre? One reader has been in touch to say they rang last night there to offer help, only to be told no-one was staying there. Do you know more? Ring the newsdesk on 01865 425444 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Commuters are saying the traffic in along Woodstock Road is much slower than usual for a Friday, with journeys taking 20 minutes from Wolvercote roundabout and through into the city centre. Having said that, that is less time than it has been taking earlier in the week.
Motorists say there is already slow progress into the city along Woodstock Road, not helped by a decision to collect roadside rubbish during the rush hour.
There is a marked improvement on Botley Road compared to yesterday, reporter Tom Burrows says.
Whether water levels in the Abingdon Road area are rising or falling is unclear this morning - although a few reports say they are on the way down. One e-mail to the Mail last night from a reader said: "I have just read that one reader is saying water levels in the Abingdon Road are dropping and I can definitely say that they are not dropping at the Hinksey Park end of the road where the road block and water now reaches at least Vicarage Road.
"This has all happened very quickly and if it rises much further it will link up with the flooded Hinksey Park and stream."
This was the scene - courtesy of an anonymous reader - yesterday evening on Vicarage Road, off Abingdon Road.
One pedestrian going down Botley Road this morning said the Seacourt stream - which runs past the Seacourt park and ride - said the water levels there seem down slightly on yesterday by about an inch.
Osney Mead Industrial Estate this morning. Our reporter Tom Burrows is out in the Botley Road area with his wellies and a notepad.
Readers have been taking pictures throughout the week of the flooding.
This is one from Robin Mowatt at Abingdon bridge.
Oxfordshire County Council says the general flooding situation in Oxfordshire seems not to have changed much overnight.
The traffic restrictions normally in place during the day on the High Street have again been lifted today.
The Northern Bypass has now reopened.
Reader Jane Sherwood has posted on Facebook:
"Flood waters gone down in Canning Crescent by a good couple of inches this morning"
Still 4ft of water in my back garden on Oswestry Rd but doesn't seem to be getting worse #flood #oxford @106jackfm http://t.co/fKeXvqlQvt— @danielfreeman83 10 January 2014
@TheOxfordMail pretty walk through north hinksey lane..meant to be a road before the trees http://t.co/kvQF7t4olA— @Rachebabe1982 10 January 2014
Northern bypass between Marston and Cutteslowe roundabout closed due to accident. Displaced traffic will cause delays on 2, 6, 300 and 500.— @OxfordBusCo 10 January 2014
Reader Kelly Marie Hook has just posted via our Facebook page: "The water level in our garden in abingdon road has dropped thru the night, our porch we can now see"
Due to flooding between Didcot Parkway and Oxford fewer trains are able to run on all lines.— @FGW 10 January 2014
Train services running through these stations may be cancelled or revised at short notice.— @FGW 10 January 2014
Here's the updated Flood Warning list from the Environment Agency. No great surprises though
- River Thames from Buscot Wick down to Shifford
- River Thames and tributaries at Wolvercote in Oxford
- River Thames between Newbridge and Kings Lock above Oxford including Northmoor, Stanton Harcourt, Bablock Hythe and caravan park, Eynsham, Swinford and Yarnton
- River Thames and tributaries in the Binsey, Osney and Osney Island areas in Oxford
- River Thames and tributaries at New Botley, New and North Hinksey and Grandpont in Oxford
- River Thames and tributaries at Kennington near Oxford
- River Thames and tributaries at Sandford and Radley
- River Thames in Abingdon
- River Thames at Clifton Hampden, Dorchester and Little Wittenham
- River Thames at Culham
- River Thames from Days Lock down to South Stoke, including Dorchester-on-Thames and Overy, Shillingford, Benson, Wallingford, North Stoke and Moulsford Flood Warning
- River Thames at Goring and Streatley
- River Windrush at Witney and Ducklington down to and including Hardwick
The warning for River Cherwell and its tributaries from Charwelton to just above Upper Heyford including Woodford Halse, Edgcote, Cropredy, Marston St Lawrence, Banbury, Kings Sutton, Hook Norton was lifted last night, as was Langford and Wendlebury Brooks and their tributaries from Stratton Audley down to the M40 near Merton, including Bicester and Wendlebury
@TheOxfordMail hi West Oxford Primary not reopening today - school informed parents last night— @RichardA 10 January 2014
RT @heth66: Abingdon Road levels lower now than last night. Observed changes are mirroring changes at Iffley Lock: http://t.co/9jos7Hcnr2...— @TheOxfordMail 10 January 2014
And the latest information from Oxford Buses has just dropped. Here is what the company is saying today:
Friday morning again sees no change from yesterday's situation, as Abingdon and Botley Roads unfortunately remain closed. As such, the following diversions are in place:
cityX3/X13: due to the closure of Abingdon Road, services are diverting from Abingdon to Redbridge, Heyford Hill, Littlemore roundabout, Iffley Road, High St to the city centre. Leaving Oxford, services will operate the same diversion in reverse.
city4, BROOKESbusU1 users: due to the closure of Botley Rd services are diverting from the end of Botley Rd to A34, Woodstock Rd, then George St to the city centre. The reverse route will apply for services leaving the city centre towards Botley/Harcourt Hill/Cumnor/Dean Court/Abingdon. Please note: in the diverted section between Castle Street and Botley our drivers are not able to pick up or drop off passengers.
city35: not serving Lower Kennington due to flooding. Services are operating from Kennington along Bagley Wood Road, then Hinksey Hill, Heyford Hill, Littlemore roundabout, Iffley Road, High St to the city centre. Leaving Oxford, services will operate up to the same diversion in reverse. Redbridge is not being served by city35 in either direction.
park&ride300: from Redbridge to Heyford Hill, Littlemore roundabout, Iffley Road to the city centre. The reverse will apply for services operating from Oxford to Redbridge.
park&ride400: due to the closure of Seacourt park and ride, park&ride400 will not serve Seacourt. Services from Thornhill will terminate at the rail station.
city2: As a result of continuing floods and roadworks along Evans Lane, service 2A will operate via Oxford Road direct to Grovelands. Service 2 will operate via the Moors, High St and then Oxford Road en route to Oxford city.
city3/5: As a result of delays to all services the city3 and city5 will terminate in the city centre and not serve the Rail Station. For travel onward to the Rail Station, please board a park&ride400 at the High Street or Speedwell Street that will carry you free of charge to the Rail Station. From the Rail Station the park&ride400 bus will park at the city5 stop and carry you to Speedwell Street or High Street to return toward Iffley Rd or Rose Hill.
Due to the considerable increased distance these diversions cover, services will be heavily delayed.
All other services are operating normal route but due to localised flooding and displaced traffic, heavy delays are expected.
One reader has just posted in saying in their opinion the water level in Abingdon Road, Oxford, has dropped by several centimetres
The latest information on the buses has yet to be sent out this morning, but there have been severe delays to some services as a result of the road closures in the city.
A number of tow-paths are also closed and people are being urged to obey any warning or closure signs, whether they are on roads or tow-paths.
The county and city council have deployed sandbag dumps in the city at:
- Seacourt Park and Ride
- Redbridge Park and Ride
Sand bag pallets are being delivered to:
Duke of Monmouth public house on Abingdon Road
PC World, Botley Road
South Hinksey Village (farm opposite the village hall).
Sand bags have also been delivered to:
Henley (King's Road car park)
Crowmarsh (South Oxfordshire District Council offices)
Abbey House, Abingdon
A county council statement said: "Anyone living in an area liable to flood can collect bags as part of their preparations.
"Sandbags distributed by local councils are free of charge. If you are offered one for sale, please report this to the police."
More than 5,500 sandbags have been distributed by the county council in Oxfordshire.
West Oxford Community Primary School is currently due to reopen today according to the county council website, but the bad flooding on Ferry Hinksey Road - the road off Botley Road where it is based - makes it again seem unlikely that it will open.
Grandpont Nursery School will not reopen until Monday.
Seacourt Park and Ride is, unsurpisingly, still shut.
This is a list of current road closures, according to Oxfordshire County Council.
- The Botley Road in Oxford from the railway bridge by the train station to the road's junction with the A420 A34 slip road by McDonald's
- The Abingdon Road in Oxford from its junction with old Abingdon Road through to its junction with Northampton Road.
- Islip - Lower Road and Mill Road closed because of flooding. The route through the village is now via Kings Head Lane, which is under traffic signal control
- London Lane, Ascott-under-Wychwood due to flooding
- Barford Road between Barford St John and Barford St Michael closed due to flooding
- B478 at Playhatch
- The road to Woodeaton Village from B4027 to Elsfield/ Marston Junction
- Clifton Hampden to Long Wittenham (High Street)
- Wytham to Wolvercote road (under the A34 bridge)
- Kennington Road, Kennington by A34 slip road.
- Ferry Hinksey Road, Oxford
- Link road from A34 to South Hinksey village
- Binsey Lane, Oxford
- Tollgate Road at Culham Bridge
- West Hagbourne Village – York Road to Main Street
- North Moreton to Wallingford road
- B4016 Blewbury Road, East Hagbourne
- Minster Riding near the Old Swan Hotel near Minster Lovell
- Dry Lane, Crawley
- Junction of Evans Lane and Cherwell Avenue in Kidlington.
- Hithercroft Road from roundabout at Bosley Way near Wallingford to Anchor Lane at South Moreton
- Drayton Road, Sutton Courtney
- Thameside, Henley from Hart Street to Friday Street.
- Godstow Road, Wolvercote
- B4009 Chinnor Road at Aston Rowant
Clifton Hampden, Dorchester and Little Wittenham, as well as the Sandford and Radley areas, could be among the worst hit.
The latest flood warning details from the Environment Agency as of last night suggest some areas are stabilising. Places south of Oxford on the Thames are expected to see worse flooding until the weekend.
On Botley Road, several streets in the area around PC World are flooded, with some properties there flooded inside.
Duke Street, Earl Street on the PC World side of the road, and Bullstake Close and Osney Court on the side opposite, have been affected.
Several roads in the area of Abingdon Road and Weirs Lane have been flooded. Last night, waters were still rising here in some places. Among those badly affected were Fox Crescent and Chatham Road, residential streets which run at the corner of Abingdon Road and Weirs Lane.
Some residents in the Abingdon Road and Botley Road areas were last night saying flood waters appeared to be easing off slightly, but others saw them continue to rise.
A late-night update from First Great Western about its Oxford-Didcot shuttle train service for Friday:
"For start of service on Friday, January 10, we are having to further reduce our service between Oxford and Didcot Parkway."
From Oxford to Didcot Parkway, trains will operate at 6.07am, 7.07am, 8.07am, 10.07am and then two-hourly throughout the day.
From Didcot Parkway to Oxford, trains will operate at 6.57am, 08.57am, 10.57am, then two-hourly throughout the day.
The two-hourly shuttles will be formed of six coaches and will be supported by replacement buses, subject to road conditions.
FGW said an early-morning update will be posted at its website at 6.30am.
For more information on rail services in Oxfordshire on Friday, see our post in Thursday's flood blog at 10.29pm.
To check train times, see nationalrail.co.uk or call 08457 484950.
In the most recent pronouncement on the flooding, Howard Davidson, Environment Agency director, South East, said yesterday: “Whilst the risk of flooding remains across southern England, we’re paying close attention to the River Thames, particularly below Oxford, into Berkshire and through Surrey. River levels are high and will continue to rise for the next few days. It is likely that we will see further flooding to properties over the coming days.
“Environment Agency teams continue to work to work around the clock maintaining flood defences, clearing watercourses and deploying pumps and temporary defences to protect communities at risk."
This is the latest situation this morning.
Botley Road and Abingdon Road in Oxford remain shut.
There are still several flood warnings in place in Oxfordshire, and flood water levels are still rising in some areas.
Residents in the Abingdon Road area of Oxford are those most at risk of more flooding. Botley Road is also still badly affected.
Some householders have had to leave their homes, with some staying at the leisure centre in Blackbird Leys in the city.
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