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Collapsed road repairs are 'progressing well'
THIS image shows that a £1m scheme to repair a collapsed road between Oxford and Abingdon is well under way.
The A4183 Oxford Road was shut on December 20 last year due to a landslide, after subsidence cracked the asphalt between Hinksey Hill and Bagley Wood, forcing drivers to use other routes.
Oxfordshire County Council contractors completed a detailed ground survey before work to repair the road started earlier this month.
The council has for the first time revealed details of the level of work that is needed to bring the road back into use.
Martin Crabtree, a spokesman for the county council, said: “When contractors arrived on site they removed trees and other vegetation on the embankment.
“Work has been progressing well on installing drainage, the stone support strips on the side of the embankment and at the bottom of the embankment, and constructing the earthworks necessary to give strength to the road.
“The detailed investigation and design work carried out earlier in the year has allowed everything to progress well and we are working towards finishing in December.”
A hotel located near the damaged road said it has had an effect on their passing trade, and the sooner it reopens, the better.
Zoe Darman, head receptionist at the Westwood Hotel, Hinksey Hill, where the entrance is close to one of the road closure points, said: “We are a small team here and it will be a huge relief for all the staff when the road reopens.
“Only last night there was a guest who was about to cancel his booking because he thought he would not be able to get to us.
“But we managed to phone him up and reassure him that he would still be able to reach the hotel.
“A lot of people have sat navs that don’t show the road closure so they end up going round the wrong way and it takes them longer to get to us than it normally would.
“We keep getting phone calls and we have to guide them in.
“Guests book online, but there is no passing traffic and it should be better for business when the road reopens.”
The county council confirmed last month that the work was expected to cost in the region of £1m, with the funding for the scheme coming from its capital highways maintenance programme budget.
Bob Johnston, Kennington and Radley county councillor, said in July that drivers have been using Kennington Road as an alternative route, with an extra 4,000 cars a day going through Kennington.
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