Big hole appears in road: Engineers looking into it

Alison King-Smith snaps a picture of the hole

Alison King-Smith snaps a picture of the hole

First published in News

ONE lane of Walton Street in Jericho was also closed yesterday after a large hole opened up in the middle of the road.

The road was last night closed southbound while Thames Water investigates what has happened and how it can be fixed.

County council spokesman Marcus Mabberley said: “Engineers from the county and city council have investigated the hole and decided that it is unsafe to run two-way traffic on the road for a prolonged period and so it will be closed southbound from Worcester Place to Walton Street’s junction with Beaumont Street from 4pm until further notice.

The Oxford Times:

The hole on Walton Street, near the junction with Beaumont Street and Worcester Place

“We appreciate the inconvenience this adds, but safety has to come first. Plans indicate that a foul sewer is located at that point and Thames Water will be carrying out an investigation.

“We hope to know more about the situation and what can be done once their investigation is complete.”

Local city and county councillor Susanna Pressel said: “I shall be asking how long the work is likely to take and urging haste.”

Alison King-Smith, from Cumnor, who walked past the hole, said: “I was just amazed that we are getting sink holes in Oxford.

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“You hear about them in other parts of the country but not here.

“I am quite glad I wasn’t driving down the road when it happened.”

A Thames Water spokesman said last night that engineers were on site but it was too early to say what had caused the hole to appear.

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8:02am Tue 8 Apr 14

hawkeye1 says...

I suspect Illegal imigrants tunneling into Oxford.
I suspect Illegal imigrants tunneling into Oxford. hawkeye1
  • Score: 2

8:05am Tue 8 Apr 14

angelox99 says...

Apart from the catchy headline on this story, I also like the writing on the passing van in the photo 'Freshly Clicked'
Apart from the catchy headline on this story, I also like the writing on the passing van in the photo 'Freshly Clicked' angelox99
  • Score: 1

8:18am Tue 8 Apr 14

carli says...

and what did the engineers see in the hole?
and what did the engineers see in the hole? carli
  • Score: 3

8:30am Tue 8 Apr 14

angelox99 says...

carli wrote:
and what did the engineers see in the hole?
A bigger hole!!! ;)
[quote][p][bold]carli[/bold] wrote: and what did the engineers see in the hole?[/p][/quote]A bigger hole!!! ;) angelox99
  • Score: 3

9:34am Tue 8 Apr 14

Whitto says...

So is the headline a Tommy Cooper or Two Ronnies?

I bet you have been waiting to write that your (w)hole career!!!
So is the headline a Tommy Cooper or Two Ronnies? I bet you have been waiting to write that your (w)hole career!!! Whitto
  • Score: 4

9:37am Tue 8 Apr 14

Whitto says...

angelox99 wrote:
Apart from the catchy headline on this story, I also like the writing on the passing van in the photo 'Freshly Clicked'
I think you will find that Tesco's delivery van is half parked on the pavement opposite some roadworks - top driving Mr Tesco.
[quote][p][bold]angelox99[/bold] wrote: Apart from the catchy headline on this story, I also like the writing on the passing van in the photo 'Freshly Clicked'[/p][/quote]I think you will find that Tesco's delivery van is half parked on the pavement opposite some roadworks - top driving Mr Tesco. Whitto
  • Score: 1

9:45am Tue 8 Apr 14

angelox99 says...

Whitto wrote:
angelox99 wrote:
Apart from the catchy headline on this story, I also like the writing on the passing van in the photo 'Freshly Clicked'
I think you will find that Tesco's delivery van is half parked on the pavement opposite some roadworks - top driving Mr Tesco.
If it is parked or moving is not what I am discussing here.

I was commenting on the photo and what is in it!

And unless you were actually stood there at the time you would not know if it was parked or mounting the pavement as it might of been a case of two vehicles passing at the same time with the 'blockage' in the way.
[quote][p][bold]Whitto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]angelox99[/bold] wrote: Apart from the catchy headline on this story, I also like the writing on the passing van in the photo 'Freshly Clicked'[/p][/quote]I think you will find that Tesco's delivery van is half parked on the pavement opposite some roadworks - top driving Mr Tesco.[/p][/quote]If it is parked or moving is not what I am discussing here. I was commenting on the photo and what is in it! And unless you were actually stood there at the time you would not know if it was parked or mounting the pavement as it might of been a case of two vehicles passing at the same time with the 'blockage' in the way. angelox99
  • Score: 0

10:03am Tue 8 Apr 14

Whitto says...

angelox99 wrote:
Whitto wrote:
angelox99 wrote:
Apart from the catchy headline on this story, I also like the writing on the passing van in the photo 'Freshly Clicked'
I think you will find that Tesco's delivery van is half parked on the pavement opposite some roadworks - top driving Mr Tesco.
If it is parked or moving is not what I am discussing here.

I was commenting on the photo and what is in it!

And unless you were actually stood there at the time you would not know if it was parked or mounting the pavement as it might of been a case of two vehicles passing at the same time with the 'blockage' in the way.
And I was commenting on the poorly parked Tesco's van that you had highlighted with your post...sheesh. (If it was moving then the writing would be a littled blurred I would have thought).

To be honest there shouldn't be two vehicles passing as the road is closed southbound so the Fiat 500 in the picture has probably just gone through and ignored that as well.
[quote][p][bold]angelox99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Whitto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]angelox99[/bold] wrote: Apart from the catchy headline on this story, I also like the writing on the passing van in the photo 'Freshly Clicked'[/p][/quote]I think you will find that Tesco's delivery van is half parked on the pavement opposite some roadworks - top driving Mr Tesco.[/p][/quote]If it is parked or moving is not what I am discussing here. I was commenting on the photo and what is in it! And unless you were actually stood there at the time you would not know if it was parked or mounting the pavement as it might of been a case of two vehicles passing at the same time with the 'blockage' in the way.[/p][/quote]And I was commenting on the poorly parked Tesco's van that you had highlighted with your post...sheesh. (If it was moving then the writing would be a littled blurred I would have thought). To be honest there shouldn't be two vehicles passing as the road is closed southbound so the Fiat 500 in the picture has probably just gone through and ignored that as well. Whitto
  • Score: 0

10:45am Tue 8 Apr 14

Neonlights says...

hawkeye1 wrote:
I suspect Illegal imigrants tunneling into Oxford.
More likely trying to escape Oxford.
[quote][p][bold]hawkeye1[/bold] wrote: I suspect Illegal imigrants tunneling into Oxford.[/p][/quote]More likely trying to escape Oxford. Neonlights
  • Score: 1

4:06pm Tue 8 Apr 14

tinsel84 says...

Is Walton Street now a holy road?
Is Walton Street now a holy road? tinsel84
  • Score: 0

9:32pm Tue 8 Apr 14

oxchris says...

Hilarious. What further havoc can Thames Water inflict on Oxford?
Hilarious. What further havoc can Thames Water inflict on Oxford? oxchris
  • Score: 1

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