Flood blog: Monday, February 10

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  • Strong winds and heavy rain possible tonight
  • Abingdon Road remains shut in Oxford
  • Botley Road is open
  • River levels have stabilised, but may rise later this week after more bad weather

6:17am

For rail passengers commuting to London some very bad news: in addition to the flooding near Oxford, the signalling problems at Maidenhead have not been sorted and First Great Western posted this at 1am:

Network Rail has informed us that signal and safety equipment in the Maidenhead area has been affected by flooding.

This means we are only able to run trains on two of the four tracks into and out of Paddington.

Services are still running but at a significantly reduced frequency, and customers should expect delays and cancellations to services.

If they are unable to fix the problem there is a high risk that we will only be able to run an extremely limited service on the morning of Tuesday 11 February.

We strongly advise customers to check before travelling, or consider alternative routes.

6:10am

Morning. As per usual, we have started a new blog for Tuesday. You can find it here.

11:38pm

ANYONE hoping to travel by train between Oxfordshire and London Paddington by train tomorrow should check what is happening before leaving for the station.

Groundwater flooding between Twyford and Maidenhead has afffected signalling equipment and only two of the four tracks through the area have been open this evening, with an emergency timetable in place and severe delays on many services, including the 17.22 from London, which was almost two hours late when it finally reached Oxford.

First Great Western says that Network Rail engineers will be inspecting the equipment overnight but if they are unable to make repairs there is a high risk that only an extremely limited service will be able to operate between Reading and London in the morning.

Provided water levels on the track at Redbridge remain stable, an hourly shuttle train service will continue to operate between Oxford and Didcot Pakway, calling at Radley, supplemented by buses. Taxis will be provided for passengers travelling to and from Culham and Appleford.

FGW passengers can travel between Oxford and London by changing at Banbury, using Chiltern Railways trains to and from London Marylebone.

Services on the Cotswold Line between Oxford, Worcester and Hereford are expected to operate near to normal times west of Oxford but there may still be short-notice delays and cancellations. Some peak trains may operate through to and from London, if conditions permit. 

CrossCountry trains will remain suspended between Oxford and Didcot Parkway until further notice and hourly services will operate between Oxford, Banbury, Birmingham and Manchester and between Didcot Parkway and Southampton Central or Bournemouth. CrossCountry tickets will be accepted on FGW, Chiltern and South West Trains services on any reasonable route.

For the latest information, see the FGW and CrossCountry websites or call 08457 484950.

11:00pm

Water levels in one part of Oxford have fallen slightly.

The river level this evening at Kings Mill is 2.53 metres - 6cm down on Sunday.

 

10:59pm

The Met Office has issued a warning for rain overnight. Their advice states:

"Further spells of rain, heavy at times, and accompanied by strong winds and coastal gales, are expected during Monday night and into Tuesday morning.  The rain should clear eastwards by around the middle of Tuesday.

"The public should be aware of the risk of further disruption due to flooding."

10:58pm

This is an assessment this evening from the Environment Agency of the river levels in the city:

"River levels on the Thames and small tributaries through Oxford are either steady or will start to stabilise over the next 24 hours. Levels may even drop a little in places. However, levels will start to rise again mid week in response to the rainfall that is forecast for Tuesday.

"Properties closest to the River Thames and smaller watercourses remain at highest risk. The weather prospects are to expect a few showers at times through Monday. More prolonged rain is expected to arrive Tuesday morning."

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9:22pm

And this image taken earlier today by reporter Emma Harrison is of the road closure at Weirs Lane in Oxford.

 

The Oxford Times:

9:21pm

Sand bags for Fox Crescent and Chatham Road - both off Abingdon Road in Oxford - earlier today.

 

The Oxford Times:

9:19pm

This is the regional situation, according to the Environment Agency.

It is warning communities across the south-east that further flooding is likely as river levels continue to respond to recent rainfall, and more rain and stormy weather is expected this week.

"Communities are being urged to remain vigilant to the threats of river, coastal and groundwater flooding caused by more rain falling on saturated ground and increasing already high river levels," a spokesman said today.

9:16pm

One reader in the Wallingford area sent these images over of flooding in the area.

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9:14pm

Not everyone in Kennington is happy with the work done officially to combat the floods.

One reader earlier today said: "Following the year-long work on preventing the flooding in Kennington, it seems as if it was money wasted. There is no transport to and from upper Kennington and the road is slightly flooded. I am certain with a little more effort the road could be kept open."

They sent this image to illustrate the situation.

The Oxford Times:

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8:17pm

Thames Valley Police have now explained what today's earlier declaration of a major incident in the area means.

Spokeswoman Michelle Nichols said: "Declaring  a Major Incident in this case means we are coordinating all of the different agencies under one command i.e a police Gold Commander rather than responding separately. So there is a ‘Strategic Coordination Group’ set up under an Assistant Chief Constable Gold Commander. So all of the local authorities, Environment Agency, Highways, utilities, military, police, met office, rail etc all come together either physically or via regular phone conferences to coordinate the response to the flooding, give the accurate up to date picture, deal with any issues, direct resources, source more resources if needed."

7:16pm

Oxford Bus Company has said there are delays on most services this evening. 

It has said X3/X13/35 services are the worst affected with delays of up to one hour. 

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6:26pm

Not flood related but reader Samantha Demant has said traffic problems heading out of the city around The Plain in Oxford tonight are due to a broken down bus.

 

6:14pm

The Oxford Times:

And flooding in Port Meadow

6:13pm

The Oxford Times:

Flooding at the Perch off Binsey Lane

6:02pm

Protestors splashed along Abingdon Road this afternoon demanding the Government to talk about climate change.
Fifty South Oxford residents started at the Duke of Monmouth Pub at 4pm in a protest organised by Jamie Clarke  from the Cowley-based climate change organisation Climate Outreach and Information Network (COIN).

5:50pm

HEAVY rain will hit Oxfordshire tomorrow<<tuesfeb11>> with the wet weather remaining for the rest of the week.
Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said: “It won’t dry up in Oxfordshire for the rest of the week.”
She added that the county would also be hit by high winds until Friday.
Ms Maxey said “There will be heavy rain on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday with the heavy rain turning showery on Thursday and Friday.”
The Environment Agency has issued a series of flood warnings for rivers Oxfordshire warning residents that flooding is expected.
These are for:

  • the Thames between Newbridge and Kings Lock above Oxford
  • the Thames and its tributaries including Binsey, Osney and Osney Island
  • the River Thames from Buscot Wick to Shifford, and the River Thames and tributaries at New Botley, New Hinksey, North Hinksey and Grandpont in Oxford
  • the Thames and its tributaries at Kennington
  • the Thames at Clifton Hampden, Dorchester and Little Wittenham
  • the Thames at Culham
  • the Thames at Abingdon
  • the River Windrush at Witney and Ducklington
  • the River Thame from Chiselhampton to Drayton St Leonard
  • the River Thame from Days Lock to South Stoke
  • the River Thame at Dorchester

5:37pm

At the moment, motorists are reporting Banbury Road heading into the city is particularly sticky, as is the A40 Northern Bypass heading towards Pear Tree. And if you're heading out on the A40 towards Witney it is slow leading up to Eynsham.

The Eastern Bypass is also nasty around to Heyford Hill and on down to the Kennington roundabout.

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Debby sent in this picture showing the River Thames in Abingdon

The Oxford Times:

4:59pm

Ahead of your commute home on the county's roads, here is the current list of closures.

  • Abingdon Road, Oxford from its junction with Thames Street and St Aldate's in the city centre to near the Redbridge park-and-ride site close to the Kennington roundabout
  • Lower Street, Islip
  • Road from A329 to Drayton St Leonard
  • Great Brook Road from Buckland Road to Chimney near Aston
  • Spring Lane, Playhatch
  • Grove Road, Harwell
  • Icknield Road, South Stoke from Grove Road to Woodcote Road
  • B4016 between Blewbury and East Hagbourne
  • High Street, Clifton Hampden
  • B478 Sonning Bridge
  • Road through the village of North Weston near Postcombe
  • B4009 between Aston Rowant and Kinston Blount (also at Crowell )
  • Knightsbridge Lane, Pyrton, near Watlington
  • West Hagbourne – Main Street to York Street
  • Road to Woodeaton - from Elsfield Rd to B4027
  • Pembroke Lane, Milton (Vale)
  • Wallingford Road, North Moreton
  • Hithercroft Road, South Moreton, at its junction with Anchor Lane and High Street
  • Old Wharf Road, Longcot
  • Friday Lane / Station Road, Henley
  • High Street, Drayton St Leonard
  • London Lane, Ascott-under-Wychwood, from railway station to junction with A361
  • Godstow Road, Oxford from A34 bridge near Wolvercote to bridge near Wytham
  • Dry Lane, Crawley
  • Mill Lane, Henley
  • Culham Bridge on Tolgate Road, Culham
  • Thameside South, Thameside North, and New Street, Henley
  • Weirs Lane, Oxford
  • Mill Street Islip. Temporary traffic signals in place to permit traffic to use Kings Head Lane through the narrowing in both directions
  • Kennington Road, from its junction with Old Abingdon Road to the mini roundabout at Upper End, Kennington
  • Bell Street, Henley southbound closed at junction with Kings Road and Bell Lane. Diversion is via Kings Road, Gravel Hill and Deanfiled Avenue to Duke Street. Bell Street northbound remains open
  • B4016 Drayton Road, Sutton Courtenay
  • Lower Icknield Road, Chinnor

4:51pm

The Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire District Councils have said they have now given out more than 6,000 sandbags since Friday. 

A spokesman said that the sandbag dump in Abingdon has been moved to Old Abbey House in Abbey Close. 

4:31pm

The Oxford Times: Flood

A reader has sent in a photo taken from the bridge over the Seacourt Stream in Wytham this afternoon. In 2007 the water reached the bottom line of the 3.

4:10pm

We're not surprised greatly, but First Great Western is saying to expect more of the same tomorrow.

The company has reported 24 train cancellations, including services between Oxford and London Paddington as a result of the flooding.

The upcoming cancellations

  • 16.22 from London Paddington to Oxford
  • 16.49 from London Paddington to Oxford
  • 18.01 from Oxford to London Paddington
  • 18.18 from London Paddington to Oxford
  • 18.31 from Oxford to London Paddington
  • 18.50 from London Paddington to Oxford
  • 19.31 from Oxford to London Paddington
  • 20.48 from London Paddington to Oxford
  • 21.18 from London Paddington to Oxford

4:08pm

Stagecoach put this up 10 minutes ago but is similar to its post this morning:

The following diversions are currently in place:

Route 16/16A - Due to flooding Abingdon Road and Donnington Bridge are closed.  Buses will run via Iffley Road instead but will pick up at the normal stop in St Aldate's.

Route 18 -  Buses are unable to access Bablockhythe and Northmoor due to flooding. The 18 service will continue to run on the main road between Standlake and Stanton Harcourt.

Route 31 and 34  - Due to flooding Abingdon Road is closed.  Buses will run via Iffley Road instead but will pick up and set down at the normal stop in St Aldate's.

We will monitor the services throughout the day and post updates as the situation changes.

Services Affected: 11, 16, 16A, 18, 31, 34, 66, S1

3:57pm

For those Oxford Bus Company passengers beginning to plot their trip home, this is the 2pm update from the operator:

We ask all passengers to allow extra time for their journeys this morning, as many of our services are on long diversions. We also expect there will be a considerable volume of extra traffic which will compound the delays.

Abingdon Services (city4, 35 and X3/X13) : Due to flood diversions and very heavy traffic in and around the city, we are currently experiencing delays of 30-45 minutes on our Abingdon services.

cityX3/X13/300: Due to the closure of the Abingdon Rd, our services are diverting via Iffley Rd and the Ring Road in both directions. We are operating a shuttle service between the JR Hospital and Oxford City to take pressure off our 13 and X13 services. Passengers may be expected to get connecting buses to complete their journey.

city35: services are diverting via Bagley Wood Rd, Ring Road and Iffley Road in both directions. No stops between St Swithuns Road and Redbridge are able to be served.

city2: Mill St / Evans Lane in Kidlington has reopened and our services are returning to normal route.

park&ride400: Seacourt park and ride is closed. As such, our 400 service is terminating at Oxford Rail Station. Passengers requiring the park and ride can use our city4 service, which will drop off at Toys 'R' Us on Botley Road.

3:53pm

At 3pm today, the Thames was only 2cm lower than its highest ever recorded level at Abingdon Lock, when it was 54cm in 2012.

3:45pm

Reader Dan Sparrow has sent these images of Port Meadow in

The Oxford Times:

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3:43pm

3:33pm

Our reporter Rachel Bayne has taken this latest image of how Abingdon Road is looking at the moment

The Oxford Times:

3:04pm

Workers check up on flood defences in Osney Island, Oxford

The Oxford Times:

2:56pm

Water levels looking high along the River Thames off Botley Road this afternoon

The Oxford Times:

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1:25pm

The gritters will be out tonight because of falling temperatures and icy conditions. Like this morning, we advise caution when you're driving tonight and tomorrow. Don't let the frustrations of being snarled in traffic result in driving too quickly when the road opens up.

1:13pm

FIRST Great Western is running a “heavily revised” service between Oxford and Didcot.
Flooding around Hinksey and Maidenhead is affecting trains in the area.
Journey times are expected to be extended by up to 45 minutes through Oxford and 20 minutes between Reading and London Paddington.
Shuttle buses have been put on between Oxford and Didcot, but journeys are taking about 90 minutes at the moment.
FGW spokesman James Davis said: “We are running a heavily revised service between Oxford and Didcot.
“Shuttle buses are running once an hour in each direction.
“Because of road conditions, especially between Appleford and Culham, buses are taking about 90 minutes to get between Oxford and Didcot.”

1:09pm

The county council's fire and rescue service says it has had to attend a number of incidents where motorists drove cars through floodwater.

Peter Cleary, Oxfordshire County Council's Fire and Rescue Service's area manager for safety, said: "Many cars will start to float in as little as 30cm of water and 60cm of free flowing water can sweep away most vehicles, including large 4x4s, so it's essential drivers avoid flood water, as they could get into difficulty easily."

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12:52pm

Thames Valley Police have just announced they are declaring the flooding across the region a major incident. Asked for further details as to what this means, they say it is primarily because of the problems down in Berkshire but were unable to give more details.

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Reader Linda Wride has sent in these pictures:

The Oxford Times:

The play area at Botley Park this morning

The Oxford Times:

12:27pm

Some not encouraging news from the Environment Agency for those of you who thought water levels falling was a good omen: Environment Agency spokesman Narinder Sokhi said: “The River Thames and its tributaries in Oxford are very high at the moment but levels are steady.

“People may see water levels drop for a short while. However, rainfall over the next couple of days will see a return to recent high levels.”

12:12pm

West Oxfordshire District Council has praised all the work in evacuating the Bablock Hythe caravan park yesterday.

Monica Downton, the community services manager, said: “Everyone pulled together yesterday to help Bablock Hythe residents trapped in their homes by rising flood water.

"It was excellent team work with Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service and Oxfordshire County Council transport service carrying out the rescue and transporting residents, Northmoor residents providing refreshments from the village hall and we arranged temporary accommodation for those in need.

"We will be out there again today visiting households that chose to remain.”

12:11pm

We're just putting together an online gallery of readers' pictures from the floods. You can view it here.

11:50am

Reader Linda Wride has sent in this video of firefighters working one of the pumps in Botley Road.

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The Oxford Times:

Abingdon Road, shot by our reporter Emma Harrison. She's looking for people to interview so please feel free to approach her

The Oxford Times:

11:32am

LOCALS in Kingston Blount and Crowell, near Chinnor, have taken action to deal with the flooding.

Kingston Blount’s High Street was flooded near the junction with Kingston Hill – triggering disruption for people locally.
However, two unidentified villagers helped out by clearing the top of the drain gratings.
These had been covered in mud, twigs and leaves.
But once they stepped in, the flooding eased off.

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Firefighters working hard at the city end of Botley Road

The Oxford Times:

11:24am

Images from Clifton Hampden, taken by our reporter Alex Wynick. If you're down there she'd be happy to interview you

The Oxford Times:

The Oxford Times:

11:20am

A few flooded roads have opened so the current list of closures is:

  • Abingdon Road, Oxford from its junction with Thames Street and St Aldate's in the city centre to near the Redbridge park-and-ride site close to the Kennington roundabout
  • Lower Street, Islip
  • Road from A329 to Drayton St Leonard
  • Great Brook Road from Buckland Road to Chimney near Aston
  • Spring Lane, Playhatch
  • Grove Road, Harwell
  • Icknield Road, South Stoke from Grove Road to Woodcote Road
  • B4016 between Blewbury and East Hagbourne
  • High Street, Clifton Hampden
  • B478 Sonning Bridge
  • Road through the village of North Weston near Postcombe
  • B4009 between Aston Rowant and Kinston Blount (also at Crowell )
  • Knightsbridge Lane, Pyrton, near Watlington
  • West Hagbourne – Main Street to York Street
  • Road to Woodeaton - from Elsfield Rd to B4027
  • Pembroke Lane, Milton (Vale)
  • Main Street, East Hanney
  • Wallingford Road, North Moreton
  • Hithercroft Road, South Moreton, at its junction with Anchor Lane and High Street
  • Old Wharf Road, Longcot
  • B4016 Drayton Road, Sutton Courtenay
  • Friday Lane / Station Road, Henley
  • High Street, Drayton St Leonard
  • London Lane, Ascott-under-Wychwood, from railway station to junction with A361
  • Hanney Road, High Street, Abingdon Road and The Causeway in Steventon
  • Godstow Road, Oxford from A34 bridge near Wolvercote to bridge near Wytham
  • Dry Lane, Crawley
  • Mill Lane, Henley
  • Culham Bridge on Tolgate Road, Culham
  • Thameside South, Thameside North, and New Street, Henley
  • Weirs Lane, Oxford
  • Mill Street Islip. Temporary traffic signals in place to permit traffic to use Kings Head Lane through the narrowing in both directions
  • Kennington Road, from its junction with Old Abingdon Road to the mini roundabout at Upper End, Kennington
  • Bell Street, Henley southbound closed at junction with Kings Road and Bell Lane. Diversion is via Kings Road, Gravel Hill and Deanfiled Avenue to Duke Street. Bell Street northbound remains open
  • Lower Icknield Road, Chinnor

11:16am

RAIL passengers have been facing disrupted services due to flooding but some trains are getting through.
Between Oxford and Didcot, there is an hourly First Great Western shuttle from Oxford at 40 minutes past the hour, and from Didcot at nine minutes past the hour.
Buses also running between Oxford and Didcot.
Trains are calling at Radley but passengers at Culham and Appleford will be provided with taxis.
On the Cotswold Line, most trains are running at normal times between Oxford and Worcester/Malvern/Hereford but there may be some cancellations at short notice.
Some peak services ran through to London this morning and, as long as conditions allow, some evening peak trains are also expected to run through from London.
Between Oxford and Banbury, FGW stopping trains are running at normal times.
Passengers between Oxford and London are being advised to travel via Banbury due to extended journey times via Didcot, due to the flooding at Hinksey, change of trains at Didcot and more flooding between Twyford and Maidenhead.
Chiltern Railways are accepting FGW tickets between Banbury and London Marylebone.
For passengers travelling with CrossCountry, there is one train an hour running Oxford-Banbury-Birmingham-Manchester.
And CrossCountry tickets being accepted on any reasonable route by FGW, Chiltern and South West Trains.

11:12am

West Oxfordshire District Council gave out about 250 ready-filled sandbags were given out over the weekend from its dept in Witney. People can arrange collection of ready-made sandbags from Witney by calling 01993 861000. The council will deliver sandbags to the elderly or disabled.

There are also eight sandbag "bunkers" around the district and these are being supplied with sand and empty bags so residents can help themselves as needed.

The council's "bunkers" Over the weekend they were replenished with six tonnes of sand. 

  • Ascott-under-Wychwood: Car park next to A-U-W village hall, Shipton Road 
  • Burford: The Rec Car Park, Tanners Lane
  • Charlbury: Charlbury Bowls Club, Ticknell Piece Road
  • Clanfield: Car park next to the Carter Institute, Main Road
  • Milton-under-Wychwood: Car park next to M-U-W village hall, Shipton Road
  • Northmoor: Village Hall, Church Road
  • Shipton-under-Wychwood: The New Beaconsfield Hall and Recreation Ground, Station Road
  • Standlake: St Giles Church, Downs Road

11:07am

South Oxfordshire District Council has announced that sandbags are expected to be delivered to the following locations by mid afternoon.

  • Crowmarsh Gifford - the car park at the district council offices, Benson Lane
  • Henley - Kings Road car park
  • Lower Shiplake - train station
  • Sonning Eye - Playhatch Road

10:53am

Weirs Lane off Abingdon Road, Oxford, is closed

The Oxford Times:

10:52am

Sand ready to be used for sandbags in the Fox Crescent and Chatham Road areas. 

The Oxford Times:

10:50am

Council workers filling up sandbags in Abingdon Road, Oxford. 

The Oxford Times:

10:45am

Update on the trains: First Great Western has said trains cannot currently call at Culham or Appleford. These stations are being serviced by road transport only. 

 

10:39am

Keith Mansfield tweeted this picture of the train line between Oxford and Didcot, services have been severely affected 

The Oxford Times:

10:32am

The view of the River Windrush taken from the A40 near Burford, taken by Bill Oddy, head of community services at West Oxfordshire District Council. 

The Oxford Times:

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Shaun Hatton, highways and engineering manager at the city council, is leading the battle to keep Bullstake Close flood free.

He said: "We are currently pumping the water back into the flood plain and none of the properties have flooded."

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The scene in Abingdon Road, Oxford, this morning. There are still a number of sandbags available at the Duke of Monmouth pub. 

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The fire service are in the car park at Toys r us off Botley Road, Oxford. 

The Oxford Times:

9:32am

Around 40 firefighters were in Botley Road overnight and two pumps have been used. 

Incident Commander Mat Carlile said they had created barriers using lengths of hose at three locations: McDonald's, Bullstake Close and Bridge Street. 

9:29am

Members of the public have raised concerns about a group of over 30 horses that are stranded in Binsey.

There are 29 horses in a raised field off Walton Well Road, and people are concerned that they are not being fed or looked after.

Alison Cobb, a member of the Oxford Freemen, said: “We had no idea floods could last this long. We don’t know who owns them, but they seem to be grazing constantly. There’s no grass left.

“People are starting to get very worried, and members of the public shouldn’t feed them in case they get violent, but I don’t think it will be long before someone gets involved.”

9:26am

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue service has set up an incident command centre in the car park of Toys r us.

The Oxford Times:

Incident commander Mat Carlile said: "Following a strategic briefing yesterday our objective was to try and ensure that we could keep Botley Road open for traffic.

"We have done the job we were sent out to do which is fantastic. We can only wait and see what will happen now. We understand river levels are still rising."

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The Met Office is forecasting rain and hail showers tomorrow after a mostly dry day today.

Heavy rain is expect in Oxford from 6am tomorrow followed by hail showers at about 9am. The rain is expected to clear by early afternoon.

Wednesday’s forecast is for more heavy rain in the afternoon and light rain is expected on Thursday and Friday.

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Network Rail is advising travellers to check online journey updates before taking the train as flooding has led to reduced and slower services.

Spokesman Kevin Groves this morning said there was a 50 per cent reduction in services between Oxford and Didcot due to flooding.

He said: “All the power cables and signalling cables that are by the side of the tracks are under water and therefore turned off. We are still running services but at a reduced speed.”

He said what happens next would depend on updates from the Environment Agency and where the flooding hit.

He said: “We are very much led by the flood updates from the Environment Agency as to what to expect. We expect the water at Hinskey to reduce during the day. We don’t have a forecast yet because the Environment Agency don’t know where it’s going to fall.”


 

9:08am

Bullstake Close off Botley Road closed this morning and pumps in action 

The Oxford Times:

9:02am

Binsey Lane this morning

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Our reporter on the ground in the Botley Road area says Binsey Lane remains underwater. 

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First Great Western has said because of the flooding between Oxford and Didcot fewer trains are able to run on all lines. Appleford and Culham will be served by road transport only. 

 

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Serena Martin took this picture of Dry Lane, Crawley, this morning

The Oxford Times:

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7:46am

Latest information from Oxford Bus Company:

  • cityX3/X13/300: Due to the closure of the Abingdon Rd, services are diverting via Iffley Rd and the ring road in both directions.
  • city35: services are diverting via Bagley Wood Rd, ring road and Iffley Road in both directions. They are unable to serve stops between St Swithuns Road and Redbridge.
  • city2: Due to the closure of Mill St and Evans Lane the service will divert from Audi Garage, left into Banbury Road, right into The Moors, right into High Street, left into Sterling Road Approach and left onto Oxford Road, resuming normal route at the Car Wash towards Oxford. city2A is diverting from the car wash straight ahead to the Audi garage, then left into Lyne Road where normal route will be resumed.
  • Park&Ride400: Seacourt park and ride is closed. Thornhill P&R400 services are starting and terminating at Oxford Rail Station. Passengers requiring the Park and Ride can use the city4 service, which will drop off at Toys 'R' Us on Botley Road.

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7:29am

Oxfordshire County Council's flood line 0808 1685082 is not opening until 8.30am.

7:21am

Our man on the S1 Stagecoach bus in from Witney has just reported it has had to leave 20 people at Eynsham at 7.19am.

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7:20am

Redbridge Park and Ride is still open, says Oxford City Council

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7:16am

Current First Great Western cancellations between Oxford and London Paddington

  • 7.21 Oxford to Paddington
  • 7.21 Paddington to Oxford
  • 8.07 Oxford to Paddington
  • 8.51 Paddington to Oxford
  • 9.01 Oxford to Paddington
  • 9.31 Oxford to Paddington
  • 10.50 Paddington to Oxford
  • 11.50 Paddington to Oxford

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And here's further bad news for those on the A34:

Heavy traffic due to accident on A34 Western By Pass Road Southbound between A44 Woodstock Road (Peartree Interchange) and A420 (Botley Interchange). Incident in lane one. Updates on this will be posted automatically on our Live Traffic Service.

7:07am

But not everyone is happy with the county council's reasoning over the High bus gate

7:03am Mon 10 Feb 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says

High St traffic restrictions remain from 7.30am to allow better flow of buses in and out of Oxford.

Typical short sighted response. Buses will run freely up the High Street and down St Aldates but everywhere else will be gridlocked so they won't be going anywhere. A more sensible option would be to have a plan with bus companies where the numbers of buses are reduced but the ones running are used more effectively, do we really need a bus every two minutes trying to get into town from Blackbird Leys with three or four people on it ?

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7:03am

One of our chaps is travelling in from Witney by bus. The Stagecoach S1 service he is on that left at 6.40am was full. And, predictably, the A40 is queueing as well.

7:02am

The weather forecast for the rest of the county currently stands at:

Out west patches of light rain this morning and afternoon.  You'll wake to heavy rain showers tomorrow and those will lighten during the day. And that snow, just like the city, may come in around the 9pm mark. Wednesday afternoon is forecast for when the next light showers come in, turning heavy late at night. Thursday morning not too bad but light showers in the afternoon and Friday... grim

Up Bicester way light rain today turning to heavy showers in the afternoon. More light rain tomorrow for the bulk of the day but here's a new one: hail as you're getting to work. Snow, as with elsewhere, late at night, and on Wednesday you may well wake to sleet. Wednesday afternoon sees showers through to the night Thursday. And Friday? Yup, grim.

Down in the south your weather week looks similar. Light showers this afternoon and heavy rain in the morning tomorrow. Lightens off in the afternoon with sun (yes, not making it up) forecast around 3pm. The south may well escape that light snow but Wednesday morning and afternoon will see the showers. Again those heavy showers are in late on Wednesday night, but becoming lighter in the early hours of Thursday. After those disappea,r Thursday is not too bad, with just a brief return of light showers when you have to go and pick up the kids from school (not helpful, that).

Friday........ you guessed it: grim

6:49am

Latest info from Thames Travel is

Due to the closure of Abingdon Road, at present our X39/X40 services are diverting via the ring road and Iffley Road in both directions. We are not picking up/setting down along the diversionary route.

The road at Drayton remains closed X1 services will be diverting through Milton Village to get to Bradstocks Way, then carry on normal route from Milton Park.

6:48am

For those of you unhappy the High Street bus gate won't be suspended until Botley Road goes, here is the response from Oxfordshire County Council:

6:46am

Forecast time.

For the city, a little light shower is coming in mid-afternoon, says the Met Office. The rain really kicks in overnight and throughout the morning tomorrow. It lightens off but around 9pm you may see that snow they were talking about, and it may keep falling through to 3amish.

Thursday afternoon the rain is back, turning to heavy showers at night. You'll wake to clouds and then light showers are likely Thursday afternoon, say the forecasters. And Friday is just grim: light showers throughout the day turning heavy at night.

 

6:43am

Remember there's a yellow warning on ice this morning so if you are driving in, don't let frustration make you try to speed up when you get a clear stretch of road. 

6:40am

6:38am

6:33am Mon 10 Feb 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says

Will the council be using any common sense today, will they open the High Street to ease what will no doubt be nightmare journey's into Oxford ?

6:38am

Further to our message about packing that patience, it'll be a struggle for rail commuters today:

6:34am

Additional on the train front, it's not just flooding near Kennington and Hinksey that will affect your commute today. There's also flooding between Reading and London (more on the Thames) that is also causing delays. We advise packing some patience and a good book in your bag this morning (to sit alongside your copy of today's Oxford Mail, available at the newsagent's at your local station, naturally).

6:31am

Seacourt park and ride remains shut

6:29am

Sorry kids but at the moment we have no notifications of any schools being shut

6:27am

No great surprises on the flood warning front, with the Thames throughout the city still on warnings. Flood warning means flooding of homes and businesses is expected so take immediate action (but you'll be well aware of that by now).

  • River Thames from Buscot Wick down to Shifford including Buscot, Kelmscott, Radcot, Lower Bampton area and Chimney Area
  • 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 at Culham
  • River Thames in Abingdon
  • River Thames at Clifton Hampden, Dorchester and Little Wittenham
  • River Thames from Days Lock down to South Stoke, including Dorchester-on-Thames and Overy, Shillingford, Benson, Wallingford, North Stoke and Moulsford
  • River Windrush at Witney and Ducklington down to and including Hardwick
  • River Thame from Chiselhampton to Drayton St Leonard including Newington
  • River Thame in the Dorchester and Overy areas

6:20am

Stagecoach information is:

The following diversions are currently in place:

Route 16/16A - Due to flooding Abingdon Road and Donnington Bridge are closed.  Buses will run via Iffley Road instead but will pick up at the normal stop in St Aldate's.

Route 31 and 34  - Due to flooding Abingdon Road is closed.  Buses will run via Iffley Road instead but will pick up and set down at the normal stop in St Aldate's.

Route 2 & 2A - Due to flooding Evans Lane is closed. Buses will not be servicing the High St.

6:20am

Nigel Allen sent in this picture showing young Sid with Oatlands Recreation ground off Ferry Hinskey Road,Oxford, behind him 

The Oxford Times:

6:19am

CrossCountry, though, have suspended all its services between Didcot and Oxford. It has a replacement bus city between the city and Didcot. It is advising tickets are being accepted on Chiltern Railways, FGW and South West Trains.

6:18am

The Oxfordshire County Council Flood Line, 0808 1685082, will be open again from 8.30am to 5pm today.

You can use this number to report problems on the roads, and request information about things such as sandbags.

If you are concerned about a vulnerable person call the emergency duty team on 0800 833 408. 

6:17am

Latest on the trains out of Oxford south from First Great Western is that there are fewer services running to Didcot becauuse of the flooding south of the city. FGW says: Train services running through these stations may be delayed by up to 45 minutes or revised at short notice. Culham and Appleford will not be served. Appleford and Culham stations will only be served by road transport.

This disruption is expected to last all the way throughout today at least.

6:16am

6:16am

The Botley Road city-bound bus lane is closed near to McDonald's by the A420 A34 slip road and at the road's junction with Bullstake Close.

The Fire and Rescue Service have created two sandbag dams at these locations to help prevent flooding onto the Botley Road. This will cause traffic delays coming into the city.

Botley Road itself is open.

6:15am

Traffic restrictions from 7.30am are in force as usual on Oxford High Street this morning because Botley Road is open to traffic.

The restrictions have only been lifted in previous periods of flooding when both Abingdon Road and Botley Road have been closed, so don't cut through after 7.30am because you will get a ticket.

6:13am

6:13am

6:13am

The county council's Fire and Rescue Service is urging drivers to take extra care on wet and icy roads this morning. 

Temperatures have dropped overnight and while the gritters have been out untreated roads could be icy. 

6:12am

Here's this morning information from Oxford Bus Company

cityX3/X13/300: Due to the closure of the Abingdon Rd, our services are diverting via Iffley Rd and the ring road in both directions.

city35: services are diverting via Bagley Wood Rd, ring road and Iffley Road in both directions. No stops between St Swithuns Road and Redbridge are able to be served.

city2: Due to the closure of Mill St and Evans Lane the service will divert from Audi Garage, left into Banbury Road, right into The Moors, right into High Street, left into Sterling Road Approach and left onto Oxford Road, resuming normal route at the Car Wash towards Oxford. city2A is diverting from the car wash straight ahead to the Audi garage, then left into Lyne Road where normal route will be resumed.

park&ride400: Seacourt park and ride is closed. As such, our 400 service is terminating at Oxford Rail Station. Passengers requiring the park and ride can use our city4 service, which will drop off at Toys 'R' Us on Botley Road.

6:07am

This is the full list of road closures from Oxfordshire County Council

Abingdon Road, Oxford
Lower Street, Islip
Road from A329 to Drayton St Leonard
Great Brook Road from Buckland Road to Chimney near Aston
Spring Lane, Playhatch
Grove Road, Harwell
Icknield Road, South Stoke from Grove Road to Woodcote Road
B4016 between Blewbury and East Hagbourne
High Street, Clifton Hampden
B478 Sonning Bridge
Road through the village of North Weston near Postcombe
Witney to Crawley Road at the junction with Hailey Road
B4009 between Aston Rowant and Kinston Blount (also at Crowell )
Knightsbridge Lane, Pyrton, near Watlington
Sydenham Road into village from B4445 at Emmington
West Hagbourne – Main Street to York Street
Barford St John to Barford St Michael – Barford Rd
Road to Woodeaton - from Elsfield Rd to B4027
Pembroke Lane, Milton (Vale)
Main Street, East Hanney
Wallingford Road, North Moreton
Hithercroft Road, South Moreton, at its junction with Anchor Lane and High Street
Old Wharf Road, Longcot
B4016 Drayton Road, Sutton Courtenay
Road between Islip and Merton at Oddington
Friday Lane / Station Road, Henley
High Street, Drayton St Leonard
London Lane, Ascott-under-Wychwood, from railway station to junction with A361
Road from Cropredy to Williamscot
Somerton Road between Somerton and North Aston
Hanney Road, High Street, Abingdon Road and The Causeway in Steventon
Godstow Road, Oxford from A34 bridge near Wolvercote to bridge near Wytham
Dry Lane, Crawley
Mill Lane, Henley
Culham Bridge on Tolgate Road, Culham
Thameside South, Thameside North, and New Street, Henley
Weirs Lane, Oxford
Lower Street, Islip. Temporary traffic signals in place to permit traffic to use Kings Head Lane through the narrowing in both directions
Mill Street, Islip
Kennington Road, from its junction with Old Abingdon Road to the mini roundabout at Upper End, Kennington
Bell Street, Henley southbound closed at junction with Kings Road and Bell Lane. Diversion is via Kings Road, Gravel Hill and Deanfiled Avenue to Duke Street. Bell Street northbound remains open
Lower Icknield Road, Chinnor
 

6:06am

Good morning,the flooding situation appears to have remained largely unchanged to last night. A number of roads are still closed -we'll be bringing you the full list shortly. Botley Road is still open.

Send us your updates and pictures to news@oxfordmail.co.uk 

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6:33am Mon 10 Feb 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

Will the council be using any common sense today, will they open the High Street to ease what will no doubt be nightmare journey's into Oxford ?
Will the council be using any common sense today, will they open the High Street to ease what will no doubt be nightmare journey's into Oxford ? Sandy Wimpole-Smythe

7:03am Mon 10 Feb 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

High St traffic restrictions remain from 7.30am to allow better flow of buses in and out of Oxford.

Typical short sighted response. Buses will run freely up the High Street and down St Aldates but everywhere else will be gridlocked so they won't be going anywhere. A more sensible option would be to have a plan with bus companies where the numbers of buses are reduced but the ones running are used more effectively, do we really need a bus every two minutes trying to get into town from Blackbird Leys with three or four people on it ?
High St traffic restrictions remain from 7.30am to allow better flow of buses in and out of Oxford. Typical short sighted response. Buses will run freely up the High Street and down St Aldates but everywhere else will be gridlocked so they won't be going anywhere. A more sensible option would be to have a plan with bus companies where the numbers of buses are reduced but the ones running are used more effectively, do we really need a bus every two minutes trying to get into town from Blackbird Leys with three or four people on it ? Sandy Wimpole-Smythe

7:42am Mon 10 Feb 14

shippondame says...

Why is OCC Flood Line not open until 08:30am?
Why is OCC Flood Line not open until 08:30am? shippondame

8:32am Mon 10 Feb 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

shippondame wrote:
Why is OCC Flood Line not open until 08:30am?
Because yet again the councils have shown how useless they are when anything out of the ordinary occurs.
[quote][p][bold]shippondame[/bold] wrote: Why is OCC Flood Line not open until 08:30am?[/p][/quote]Because yet again the councils have shown how useless they are when anything out of the ordinary occurs. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe

8:49am Mon 10 Feb 14

saysme36 says...

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe wrote:
High St traffic restrictions remain from 7.30am to allow better flow of buses in and out of Oxford.

Typical short sighted response. Buses will run freely up the High Street and down St Aldates but everywhere else will be gridlocked so they won't be going anywhere. A more sensible option would be to have a plan with bus companies where the numbers of buses are reduced but the ones running are used more effectively, do we really need a bus every two minutes trying to get into town from Blackbird Leys with three or four people on it ?
Or perhaps you could use the bus so that traffic ran more smoothly and the buses were full.
[quote][p][bold]Sandy Wimpole-Smythe[/bold] wrote: High St traffic restrictions remain from 7.30am to allow better flow of buses in and out of Oxford. Typical short sighted response. Buses will run freely up the High Street and down St Aldates but everywhere else will be gridlocked so they won't be going anywhere. A more sensible option would be to have a plan with bus companies where the numbers of buses are reduced but the ones running are used more effectively, do we really need a bus every two minutes trying to get into town from Blackbird Leys with three or four people on it ?[/p][/quote]Or perhaps you could use the bus so that traffic ran more smoothly and the buses were full. saysme36

10:15am Mon 10 Feb 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

saysme36 wrote:
Sandy Wimpole-Smythe wrote:
High St traffic restrictions remain from 7.30am to allow better flow of buses in and out of Oxford.

Typical short sighted response. Buses will run freely up the High Street and down St Aldates but everywhere else will be gridlocked so they won't be going anywhere. A more sensible option would be to have a plan with bus companies where the numbers of buses are reduced but the ones running are used more effectively, do we really need a bus every two minutes trying to get into town from Blackbird Leys with three or four people on it ?
Or perhaps you could use the bus so that traffic ran more smoothly and the buses were full.
If I worked in Oxford I would but I don't.
[quote][p][bold]saysme36[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sandy Wimpole-Smythe[/bold] wrote: High St traffic restrictions remain from 7.30am to allow better flow of buses in and out of Oxford. Typical short sighted response. Buses will run freely up the High Street and down St Aldates but everywhere else will be gridlocked so they won't be going anywhere. A more sensible option would be to have a plan with bus companies where the numbers of buses are reduced but the ones running are used more effectively, do we really need a bus every two minutes trying to get into town from Blackbird Leys with three or four people on it ?[/p][/quote]Or perhaps you could use the bus so that traffic ran more smoothly and the buses were full.[/p][/quote]If I worked in Oxford I would but I don't. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe

10:22am Mon 10 Feb 14

John Hatch says...

The Vale of White Horse DC now seem to routinely block Kennington Road at the junction/mini-rounda
bout with Upper Road, and put up a dam, as a precaution if they see any risk of water coming across their boundary with Oxford City Council.
This cuts access between Kennington and Oxford except via a long detour through Bagley Wood Road and the old Abingdon-Oxford Road
Not long ago, the roundabout was closed for a few weeks for engineering works. Many of us assumed this was to construct a drain to pipe away the puddle which forms at the base of the slip road giving access to the west-bound carriageway of the Southern Bypass. It seems the ramp built for the slip road has blocked the natural flow of water.
In the event, whatever engineering works were carried out during the disruption seem to have made the access problem worse. Those who need to get between Kennington and Oxford are coming to see the precautionary dam and road-block as the problem and not a solution.
The Vale of White Horse DC now seem to routinely block Kennington Road at the junction/mini-rounda bout with Upper Road, and put up a dam, as a precaution if they see any risk of water coming across their boundary with Oxford City Council. This cuts access between Kennington and Oxford except via a long detour through Bagley Wood Road and the old Abingdon-Oxford Road Not long ago, the roundabout was closed for a few weeks for engineering works. Many of us assumed this was to construct a drain to pipe away the puddle which forms at the base of the slip road giving access to the west-bound carriageway of the Southern Bypass. It seems the ramp built for the slip road has blocked the natural flow of water. In the event, whatever engineering works were carried out during the disruption seem to have made the access problem worse. Those who need to get between Kennington and Oxford are coming to see the precautionary dam and road-block as the problem and not a solution. John Hatch

10:22am Mon 10 Feb 14

Myron Blatz says...

So why isn't anyone blaming reckless local planning authorities for failing to stop 'concreting over' and building on flood plains across Oxfordshire, and where has the Coalition and previous Labour government been for decades in forcing landowners and large commercial farms to ensure farmland has adequate provision for drains, instead of maximising land for profits? Blaming worst rainfall in living memory (and snowfall in recent years, too) ignores the fact that like many of the causes and effects on global warming, it is humans who are to blame - whether not dredging to save money, or allowing domestic and commercial building on land which can affect effective and efficient water management. Nor should we forget the way the privatised water and sewage companies have consistently put their own profits and those of their shareholders before investing in repairs and development - again, something which successive governments (including 13 years of Labour) failed to address. We don't want 'hollow apologies' after the event from government ministers, but ACTION - and if Cameron's Government is so incapable and useless, then they should all resign, and try and find proper jobs ...... not paid for out of the public purse!
So why isn't anyone blaming reckless local planning authorities for failing to stop 'concreting over' and building on flood plains across Oxfordshire, and where has the Coalition and previous Labour government been for decades in forcing landowners and large commercial farms to ensure farmland has adequate provision for drains, instead of maximising land for profits? Blaming worst rainfall in living memory (and snowfall in recent years, too) ignores the fact that like many of the causes and effects on global warming, it is humans who are to blame - whether not dredging to save money, or allowing domestic and commercial building on land which can affect effective and efficient water management. Nor should we forget the way the privatised water and sewage companies have consistently put their own profits and those of their shareholders before investing in repairs and development - again, something which successive governments (including 13 years of Labour) failed to address. We don't want 'hollow apologies' after the event from government ministers, but ACTION - and if Cameron's Government is so incapable and useless, then they should all resign, and try and find proper jobs ...... not paid for out of the public purse! Myron Blatz

11:02am Mon 10 Feb 14

the wizard says...

Our central government doesn't have a clue about what to do, neither do the county, city or respective town councils. They seem to be unable to come up with any fresh ideas. However a good friend tells me that when the Environment Agency turned up at Chalgrove, they came with good equipment and a hard working team that toiled around the clock to try to contain the situation. I think the government should be putting full support to these guys who know what they are doing. As goes the dredging or lack of it, it turns out that the Treasury has been stipulating how much can be spent on each project. Egg on your face Cameron, the EA have been warning you about this and you took no notice, please tell, are you going to take the blame, or are you going to try to slide it onto somebody else, a plain yes or no will do.
Our central government doesn't have a clue about what to do, neither do the county, city or respective town councils. They seem to be unable to come up with any fresh ideas. However a good friend tells me that when the Environment Agency turned up at Chalgrove, they came with good equipment and a hard working team that toiled around the clock to try to contain the situation. I think the government should be putting full support to these guys who know what they are doing. As goes the dredging or lack of it, it turns out that the Treasury has been stipulating how much can be spent on each project. Egg on your face Cameron, the EA have been warning you about this and you took no notice, please tell, are you going to take the blame, or are you going to try to slide it onto somebody else, a plain yes or no will do. the wizard

11:08am Mon 10 Feb 14

IS says...

Any updates on trains going NORTH from Oxford?
Any updates on trains going NORTH from Oxford? IS

11:10am Mon 10 Feb 14

IS says...

Any update on trains running North from Oxford?
Any update on trains running North from Oxford? IS

11:48am Mon 10 Feb 14

william12 says...

the wizard wrote:
Our central government doesn't have a clue about what to do, neither do the county, city or respective town councils. They seem to be unable to come up with any fresh ideas. However a good friend tells me that when the Environment Agency turned up at Chalgrove, they came with good equipment and a hard working team that toiled around the clock to try to contain the situation. I think the government should be putting full support to these guys who know what they are doing. As goes the dredging or lack of it, it turns out that the Treasury has been stipulating how much can be spent on each project. Egg on your face Cameron, the EA have been warning you about this and you took no notice, please tell, are you going to take the blame, or are you going to try to slide it onto somebody else, a plain yes or no will do.
The government do know what to do .Neglect our services and infrastructure and give OUR money away in Foriegn aid, mainly to countries who dont need it.How many countries are giving us any aid.
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: Our central government doesn't have a clue about what to do, neither do the county, city or respective town councils. They seem to be unable to come up with any fresh ideas. However a good friend tells me that when the Environment Agency turned up at Chalgrove, they came with good equipment and a hard working team that toiled around the clock to try to contain the situation. I think the government should be putting full support to these guys who know what they are doing. As goes the dredging or lack of it, it turns out that the Treasury has been stipulating how much can be spent on each project. Egg on your face Cameron, the EA have been warning you about this and you took no notice, please tell, are you going to take the blame, or are you going to try to slide it onto somebody else, a plain yes or no will do.[/p][/quote]The government do know what to do .Neglect our services and infrastructure and give OUR money away in Foriegn aid, mainly to countries who dont need it.How many countries are giving us any aid. william12

12:34pm Mon 10 Feb 14

the wizard says...

william12 wrote:
the wizard wrote:
Our central government doesn't have a clue about what to do, neither do the county, city or respective town councils. They seem to be unable to come up with any fresh ideas. However a good friend tells me that when the Environment Agency turned up at Chalgrove, they came with good equipment and a hard working team that toiled around the clock to try to contain the situation. I think the government should be putting full support to these guys who know what they are doing. As goes the dredging or lack of it, it turns out that the Treasury has been stipulating how much can be spent on each project. Egg on your face Cameron, the EA have been warning you about this and you took no notice, please tell, are you going to take the blame, or are you going to try to slide it onto somebody else, a plain yes or no will do.
The government do know what to do .Neglect our services and infrastructure and give OUR money away in Foriegn aid, mainly to countries who dont need it.How many countries are giving us any aid.
Yes, exactly, I have made this point several times recently. Cameron needs to concentrate less on photo opportunities and get on doing with what he is paid to do.

After this lot has settled and we are back to some degree of normality a big over view is needed and measures put in place over the summer/autumn months to prevent the same occurring next winter. Long term measures not short term fixes and a big programme on road repairs too.

Add to that councils should be made to dip into their reserves to help meet the costs of providing these measures and carrying out the proper repairs needed.
[quote][p][bold]william12[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: Our central government doesn't have a clue about what to do, neither do the county, city or respective town councils. They seem to be unable to come up with any fresh ideas. However a good friend tells me that when the Environment Agency turned up at Chalgrove, they came with good equipment and a hard working team that toiled around the clock to try to contain the situation. I think the government should be putting full support to these guys who know what they are doing. As goes the dredging or lack of it, it turns out that the Treasury has been stipulating how much can be spent on each project. Egg on your face Cameron, the EA have been warning you about this and you took no notice, please tell, are you going to take the blame, or are you going to try to slide it onto somebody else, a plain yes or no will do.[/p][/quote]The government do know what to do .Neglect our services and infrastructure and give OUR money away in Foriegn aid, mainly to countries who dont need it.How many countries are giving us any aid.[/p][/quote]Yes, exactly, I have made this point several times recently. Cameron needs to concentrate less on photo opportunities and get on doing with what he is paid to do. After this lot has settled and we are back to some degree of normality a big over view is needed and measures put in place over the summer/autumn months to prevent the same occurring next winter. Long term measures not short term fixes and a big programme on road repairs too. Add to that councils should be made to dip into their reserves to help meet the costs of providing these measures and carrying out the proper repairs needed. the wizard

1:00pm Mon 10 Feb 14

pilot1944 says...

Well the Governments cutbacks have failed yet again they have cut the EA so much that they were not able to do what's necessary to try to stop these floods just like the Governments cuts to our Armed forces even that isn't working, Cameron and Osborne have to go down in history as the worst Prime Minister and Chancellor of the exchequer this country has ever known. I feel sorry for all those people that are having difficult times in and around Oxfordshire. Hope people will remember when the next election comes along who not to vote for.
Well the Governments cutbacks have failed yet again they have cut the EA so much that they were not able to do what's necessary to try to stop these floods just like the Governments cuts to our Armed forces even that isn't working, Cameron and Osborne have to go down in history as the worst Prime Minister and Chancellor of the exchequer this country has ever known. I feel sorry for all those people that are having difficult times in and around Oxfordshire. Hope people will remember when the next election comes along who not to vote for. pilot1944

1:30pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Bicester retired says...

While many blame the central government for cuts made to EA budgets, another perspective is http://order-order.c
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The problem seems to be ineffective use of resources, rather than inadequate resources.
While many blame the central government for cuts made to EA budgets, another perspective is http://order-order.c om/2014/02/10/staff- cuts-are-not-the-pro blem-at-the-environm ent-agencywhistleblo wer-management-just- want-to-expand-kingd om/ The problem seems to be ineffective use of resources, rather than inadequate resources. Bicester retired

1:32pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Bicester retired says...

sorry the link should be

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sorry the link should be http://order-order.c om/2014/02/10/staff- cuts-are-not-the-pro blem-at-the-environm ent-agencywhistleblo wer-management-just- want-to-expand-kingd om/ Bicester retired

5:49pm Mon 10 Feb 14

the wizard says...

Bicester retired wrote:
sorry the link should be

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With The Treasury having a cap on the EA and its projects is it any wonder that we are in this position ? While I do not condone overspending on any project the EA cannot fulfill its task with hands tied behind its back. Mind you if the village of Dean were to flood and Camerons place got trashed by floods then I dare say things would be very different, but that is highly unlikely to happen. Shame, as it may just bring some focus to how many thousands of families are having to cope right now.
[quote][p][bold]Bicester retired[/bold] wrote: sorry the link should be http://order-order.c om/2014/02/10/staff- cuts-are-not-the-pro blem-at-the-environm ent-agencywhistleblo wer-management-just- want-to-expand-kingd om/[/p][/quote]With The Treasury having a cap on the EA and its projects is it any wonder that we are in this position ? While I do not condone overspending on any project the EA cannot fulfill its task with hands tied behind its back. Mind you if the village of Dean were to flood and Camerons place got trashed by floods then I dare say things would be very different, but that is highly unlikely to happen. Shame, as it may just bring some focus to how many thousands of families are having to cope right now. the wizard

6:14pm Mon 10 Feb 14

pilot1944 says...

People must realise Cameron will only help the rich as that way he gets there vote at the next election he is not interested in the general public as if he did things would have moved a lot quicker, by god lets hope these cons don't get anyone's vote as this country will for sure be on it's knees it's not that far away now.
People must realise Cameron will only help the rich as that way he gets there vote at the next election he is not interested in the general public as if he did things would have moved a lot quicker, by god lets hope these cons don't get anyone's vote as this country will for sure be on it's knees it's not that far away now. pilot1944

9:20pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

pilot1944 wrote:
People must realise Cameron will only help the rich as that way he gets there vote at the next election he is not interested in the general public as if he did things would have moved a lot quicker, by god lets hope these cons don't get anyone's vote as this country will for sure be on it's knees it's not that far away now.
Does make you wonder how much quicker this nasty little man (Cameron) would react if it was his house knee deep in raw sewage and floodwater.
[quote][p][bold]pilot1944[/bold] wrote: People must realise Cameron will only help the rich as that way he gets there vote at the next election he is not interested in the general public as if he did things would have moved a lot quicker, by god lets hope these cons don't get anyone's vote as this country will for sure be on it's knees it's not that far away now.[/p][/quote]Does make you wonder how much quicker this nasty little man (Cameron) would react if it was his house knee deep in raw sewage and floodwater. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe

9:24pm Mon 10 Feb 14

pilot1944 says...

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe wrote:
pilot1944 wrote:
People must realise Cameron will only help the rich as that way he gets there vote at the next election he is not interested in the general public as if he did things would have moved a lot quicker, by god lets hope these cons don't get anyone's vote as this country will for sure be on it's knees it's not that far away now.
Does make you wonder how much quicker this nasty little man (Cameron) would react if it was his house knee deep in raw sewage and floodwater.
Perhaps people should go and throw a load of sewage at his place when he is there. Nasty is not the word for him nor his other Bullingdon Boy Osborne
[quote][p][bold]Sandy Wimpole-Smythe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pilot1944[/bold] wrote: People must realise Cameron will only help the rich as that way he gets there vote at the next election he is not interested in the general public as if he did things would have moved a lot quicker, by god lets hope these cons don't get anyone's vote as this country will for sure be on it's knees it's not that far away now.[/p][/quote]Does make you wonder how much quicker this nasty little man (Cameron) would react if it was his house knee deep in raw sewage and floodwater.[/p][/quote]Perhaps people should go and throw a load of sewage at his place when he is there. Nasty is not the word for him nor his other Bullingdon Boy Osborne pilot1944

10:46pm Mon 10 Feb 14

harleyroadmum says...

Who knows what the rest of the week will bring but huge thank you to all the Fire & Rescue, City and County Council and Environment Service staff who have been out all day keeping Botley Road moving. Much appreciated.
Who knows what the rest of the week will bring but huge thank you to all the Fire & Rescue, City and County Council and Environment Service staff who have been out all day keeping Botley Road moving. Much appreciated. harleyroadmum

11:01pm Mon 10 Feb 14

kikirem says...

Two interesting webpages for those who want to track the water level in local streams -

http://www.riverleve
ls.info/bulstake-str
eam-botley-new-botle
y

http://www.environme
nt-agency.gov.uk/hom
eandleisure/floods/r
iverlevels/riverstat
ion.aspx?StationId=7
075
Two interesting webpages for those who want to track the water level in local streams - http://www.riverleve ls.info/bulstake-str eam-botley-new-botle y http://www.environme nt-agency.gov.uk/hom eandleisure/floods/r iverlevels/riverstat ion.aspx?StationId=7 075 kikirem

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