Update: Delays due to Park End Street closure building again

The Oxford Times: Traffic queues in Hollybush Row, Oxford, this morning Traffic queues in Hollybush Row, Oxford, this morning

DELAYS are building across the city as the earlier traffic woes due to the closure of the Park End Street continue.

There are currently reported lengthy delays on citybound Botley Road, West Way, Banbury and Woodstock roads, St Giles, Weirs Lane, Oxpens, the A40 at Peartree, and on the Eastern Bypass up to Redbridge.

There were reports this morning of 40-minute delays on Botley Road, stretching all the way back to the A34, as well as long queues in St Giles, Beaumont Street, Thames Street, Abingdon Road and Oxpens Road.

There were also delays on the A34 stretching back to Abingdon.

Buses and taxis have also been heavily disrupted, with Oxford Bus Company cancelling services earlier today.

A number of people took to Twitter to vent their frustration after being made late for work and trains.

Louisa May said: “Traffic in Oxford is awful, been sat in the same spot for about 15 mins and when we do move it's a metre at a time. Well I'm late then.”

Mark Corden wrote: “City of Oxford traffic this morning is a nightmare. Botley, Abingdon and Banbury roads to centre static.”

Hannah Harvey said: “How have I been in the car for 45 mins and not made it to the park and ride yet? Oxford traffic makes me furious.”

Stagecoach spokeswoman Karen Coventry said: “We have seen disruptions to our services since the full closure came into operation this morning around 08:30.

“Unfortunately, some of the delays, particularly on services from Wantage and Witney have been severe.

“We are continuing discussions with the council and contractors and have extra staff in the city centre to ensure we are doing all we can to keep the buses moving.”

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4:08pm Mon 7 Apr 14

The New Private Eye says...

All this disruption is only because the bus companies demanded temporary bus stops outside the Said. The buses could re-route around the Oxpens and access the station with no need for temporary lights at the station square or the George Street/Worcester Street junction. This gridlock will continue (even the A34 was stationary at the South Abingdon Junction, and near Islip on the northern approach from Botley, and half way to Cumnor on the A420. All because the bus companies will not divert their buses. So we all suffer because of The County Council being in Cohorts with two Multi-National companies to the detriment of all Oxonians.
All this disruption is only because the bus companies demanded temporary bus stops outside the Said. The buses could re-route around the Oxpens and access the station with no need for temporary lights at the station square or the George Street/Worcester Street junction. This gridlock will continue (even the A34 was stationary at the South Abingdon Junction, and near Islip on the northern approach from Botley, and half way to Cumnor on the A420. All because the bus companies will not divert their buses. So we all suffer because of The County Council being in Cohorts with two Multi-National companies to the detriment of all Oxonians. The New Private Eye
  • Score: -6

4:12pm Mon 7 Apr 14

olafpalme says...

This will last at least 2 weeks.
Before returning to the normal gridlock.
I would suggest trying cycling. Whatever your thoughts and (probably unfounded) fears about it, you may want to keep doing it after 2 weeks.
This will last at least 2 weeks. Before returning to the normal gridlock. I would suggest trying cycling. Whatever your thoughts and (probably unfounded) fears about it, you may want to keep doing it after 2 weeks. olafpalme
  • Score: 14

4:14pm Mon 7 Apr 14

The New Private Eye says...

By the way, Park End Street is NOT closed OM, in fact if you are going south Park End Street is a great option because there are no lights at the end by the Royal Oxford and you can get to Hollybush row unimpeded. There is no access to P.E.S. from Royal Oxford End, again I say P.E.S. is not closed.
By the way, Park End Street is NOT closed OM, in fact if you are going south Park End Street is a great option because there are no lights at the end by the Royal Oxford and you can get to Hollybush row unimpeded. There is no access to P.E.S. from Royal Oxford End, again I say P.E.S. is not closed. The New Private Eye
  • Score: 4

4:23pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Oxonian says...

olafpalme wrote:
This will last at least 2 weeks.
Before returning to the normal gridlock.
I would suggest trying cycling. Whatever your thoughts and (probably unfounded) fears about it, you may want to keep doing it after 2 weeks.
Some of us (disabled, elderly, etc.) cannot cycle.
[quote][p][bold]olafpalme[/bold] wrote: This will last at least 2 weeks. Before returning to the normal gridlock. I would suggest trying cycling. Whatever your thoughts and (probably unfounded) fears about it, you may want to keep doing it after 2 weeks.[/p][/quote]Some of us (disabled, elderly, etc.) cannot cycle. Oxonian
  • Score: -4

4:32pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Oxford Optimist says...

The New Private Eye wrote:
All this disruption is only because the bus companies demanded temporary bus stops outside the Said. The buses could re-route around the Oxpens and access the station with no need for temporary lights at the station square or the George Street/Worcester Street junction. This gridlock will continue (even the A34 was stationary at the South Abingdon Junction, and near Islip on the northern approach from Botley, and half way to Cumnor on the A420. All because the bus companies will not divert their buses. So we all suffer because of The County Council being in Cohorts with two Multi-National companies to the detriment of all Oxonians.
Yeah, who wants buses anyway? All you selfish people getting buses instead of driving, get off your buses and into your cars and that will get rid of the gridlock! Pardon - you can get up to 70 commuters on one double decker bus? On second thougths, stay on the bus, don't bring 70 more cars onto the roads, and maybe all you car commuters should join them. This seems a much more effective way of relieving the gridlock.
[quote][p][bold]The New Private Eye[/bold] wrote: All this disruption is only because the bus companies demanded temporary bus stops outside the Said. The buses could re-route around the Oxpens and access the station with no need for temporary lights at the station square or the George Street/Worcester Street junction. This gridlock will continue (even the A34 was stationary at the South Abingdon Junction, and near Islip on the northern approach from Botley, and half way to Cumnor on the A420. All because the bus companies will not divert their buses. So we all suffer because of The County Council being in Cohorts with two Multi-National companies to the detriment of all Oxonians.[/p][/quote]Yeah, who wants buses anyway? All you selfish people getting buses instead of driving, get off your buses and into your cars and that will get rid of the gridlock! Pardon - you can get up to 70 commuters on one double decker bus? On second thougths, stay on the bus, don't bring 70 more cars onto the roads, and maybe all you car commuters should join them. This seems a much more effective way of relieving the gridlock. Oxford Optimist
  • Score: 11

4:41pm Mon 7 Apr 14

olafpalme says...

Oxonian wrote:
olafpalme wrote:
This will last at least 2 weeks.
Before returning to the normal gridlock.
I would suggest trying cycling. Whatever your thoughts and (probably unfounded) fears about it, you may want to keep doing it after 2 weeks.
Some of us (disabled, elderly, etc.) cannot cycle.
The more people that cycle instead of using cars, the less congestion for disabled-ready public transport. And many elderly on the Continent are able to use e-bikes to get to places too far to walk..
There are no valid arguments against increasing cycling for those who can.
[quote][p][bold]Oxonian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]olafpalme[/bold] wrote: This will last at least 2 weeks. Before returning to the normal gridlock. I would suggest trying cycling. Whatever your thoughts and (probably unfounded) fears about it, you may want to keep doing it after 2 weeks.[/p][/quote]Some of us (disabled, elderly, etc.) cannot cycle.[/p][/quote]The more people that cycle instead of using cars, the less congestion for disabled-ready public transport. And many elderly on the Continent are able to use e-bikes to get to places too far to walk.. There are no valid arguments against increasing cycling for those who can. olafpalme
  • Score: 8

1:09pm Tue 8 Apr 14

King Joke says...

The New Private Eye wrote:
All this disruption is only because the bus companies demanded temporary bus stops outside the Said. The buses could re-route around the Oxpens and access the station with no need for temporary lights at the station square or the George Street/Worcester Street junction. This gridlock will continue (even the A34 was stationary at the South Abingdon Junction, and near Islip on the northern approach from Botley, and half way to Cumnor on the A420. All because the bus companies will not divert their buses. So we all suffer because of The County Council being in Cohorts with two Multi-National companies to the detriment of all Oxonians.
The buses are carrying thousands of Oxonians, why don't you join them if you're that unhappy?
[quote][p][bold]The New Private Eye[/bold] wrote: All this disruption is only because the bus companies demanded temporary bus stops outside the Said. The buses could re-route around the Oxpens and access the station with no need for temporary lights at the station square or the George Street/Worcester Street junction. This gridlock will continue (even the A34 was stationary at the South Abingdon Junction, and near Islip on the northern approach from Botley, and half way to Cumnor on the A420. All because the bus companies will not divert their buses. So we all suffer because of The County Council being in Cohorts with two Multi-National companies to the detriment of all Oxonians.[/p][/quote]The buses are carrying thousands of Oxonians, why don't you join them if you're that unhappy? King Joke
  • Score: 1

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