10.30am Update: The traffic on the A34 is easing after this morning's problems

Delays on A34 already building as roundabout works continue

Delays on A34 already building as roundabout works continue

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THE route between Abingdon and Oxford on the A34 is now clear, following heavy congestion this morning.

Queues of vehicles stretched back as far south as the edge of North Abingdon this morning, on the third day of the contraflow system between the Hinksey Hill and Heyford Hill interchanges being in effect.

It was part of the ongoing works at Kennington and Hinksey Hill roundabouts – set to rumble on until November.

Oxfordshire County Council deputy leader Rodney Rose last night said he hoped that a new traffic light-free slip road from the Southern Bypass on to the A34 could help ease congestion going southbound.

There were also reports that the main routes through Abingdon, via Ock Street and Oxford Road, had been hit by slow traffic.

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8:14am Tue 29 Jul 14

Will.S says...

Six Million Pounds for this pain, and Hospital budgets slashed by 2/3rds for the county. We seem to have councillors devoid of reality as they come on our news and shift responsibility on to us. Did you hear that buffoon Rose on the news last night? They are overpaid, over rated and overdue. Can we slash the number of councillors please to pay for a night shift to get this farce finished quickly?
Anyone considered placing police on the pinch points during rush hour to direct traffic? NO? Didn’t think so! Probably not possible with Police budgets slashed as well.
Well done OCC – par for the course.
Six Million Pounds for this pain, and Hospital budgets slashed by 2/3rds for the county. We seem to have councillors devoid of reality as they come on our news and shift responsibility on to us. Did you hear that buffoon Rose on the news last night? They are overpaid, over rated and overdue. Can we slash the number of councillors please to pay for a night shift to get this farce finished quickly? Anyone considered placing police on the pinch points during rush hour to direct traffic? NO? Didn’t think so! Probably not possible with Police budgets slashed as well. Well done OCC – par for the course. Will.S
  • Score: 19

8:27am Tue 29 Jul 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

"Oxfordshire County Council deputy leader Rodney Rose last night said he hoped that a new traffic light-free slip road from the Southern Bypass on to the A34 could help ease congestion going southbound."......
......That was completed before the contraflow was implemented, so why hasn't it been open already?
"Oxfordshire County Council deputy leader Rodney Rose last night said he hoped that a new traffic light-free slip road from the Southern Bypass on to the A34 could help ease congestion going southbound."...... ......That was completed before the contraflow was implemented, so why hasn't it been open already? Dilligaf2010
  • Score: 10

8:28am Tue 29 Jul 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

Apparently according to whichever muppet they interviewed on the news last night, think it was Rose (weasley looking little bugger), they cannot have a night shift because of noise concerns. What I would like to know is noise concerns from whom, the local water voles, because there aren't any houses within at least a 500 metre plus radius of the roundabout. A night shift managed to work on the A34 without waking anybody up when they resurfaced past South Hinksey.
Apparently according to whichever muppet they interviewed on the news last night, think it was Rose (weasley looking little bugger), they cannot have a night shift because of noise concerns. What I would like to know is noise concerns from whom, the local water voles, because there aren't any houses within at least a 500 metre plus radius of the roundabout. A night shift managed to work on the A34 without waking anybody up when they resurfaced past South Hinksey. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
  • Score: 22

8:41am Tue 29 Jul 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe wrote:
Apparently according to whichever muppet they interviewed on the news last night, think it was Rose (weasley looking little bugger), they cannot have a night shift because of noise concerns. What I would like to know is noise concerns from whom, the local water voles, because there aren't any houses within at least a 500 metre plus radius of the roundabout. A night shift managed to work on the A34 without waking anybody up when they resurfaced past South Hinksey.
I'd doubt if there were the "bodies" to do 24 hour working at this stage into the recovery.

If the work had been undertaken back in 2009/2010 you would have had road gangs available from across the south east & midlands. But not now.

When I drove past BMW this morning, the traffic was queuing from the Tesco roundabout right back to the Grenoble Road roundabout and as far as the eye (could briefly) see along Grenoble Road as I headed out towards Stadhampton.

I'm guessing a vast number of drivers are dodging across Wallingford, Shillingord and Long Wittenham bridges to avoid the A34.
[quote][p][bold]Sandy Wimpole-Smythe[/bold] wrote: Apparently according to whichever muppet they interviewed on the news last night, think it was Rose (weasley looking little bugger), they cannot have a night shift because of noise concerns. What I would like to know is noise concerns from whom, the local water voles, because there aren't any houses within at least a 500 metre plus radius of the roundabout. A night shift managed to work on the A34 without waking anybody up when they resurfaced past South Hinksey.[/p][/quote]I'd doubt if there were the "bodies" to do 24 hour working at this stage into the recovery. If the work had been undertaken back in 2009/2010 you would have had road gangs available from across the south east & midlands. But not now. When I drove past BMW this morning, the traffic was queuing from the Tesco roundabout right back to the Grenoble Road roundabout and as far as the eye (could briefly) see along Grenoble Road as I headed out towards Stadhampton. I'm guessing a vast number of drivers are dodging across Wallingford, Shillingord and Long Wittenham bridges to avoid the A34. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 8

9:34am Tue 29 Jul 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

Andrew:Oxford wrote:
Sandy Wimpole-Smythe wrote:
Apparently according to whichever muppet they interviewed on the news last night, think it was Rose (weasley looking little bugger), they cannot have a night shift because of noise concerns. What I would like to know is noise concerns from whom, the local water voles, because there aren't any houses within at least a 500 metre plus radius of the roundabout. A night shift managed to work on the A34 without waking anybody up when they resurfaced past South Hinksey.
I'd doubt if there were the "bodies" to do 24 hour working at this stage into the recovery.

If the work had been undertaken back in 2009/2010 you would have had road gangs available from across the south east & midlands. But not now.

When I drove past BMW this morning, the traffic was queuing from the Tesco roundabout right back to the Grenoble Road roundabout and as far as the eye (could briefly) see along Grenoble Road as I headed out towards Stadhampton.

I'm guessing a vast number of drivers are dodging across Wallingford, Shillingord and Long Wittenham bridges to avoid the A34.
Yep they are..

One thing to note is the A34 is done by the Highways agency - fortunately they "do" know how to organise a pi$$ up in a brewery unlike the County council (which are doing these works)
[quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sandy Wimpole-Smythe[/bold] wrote: Apparently according to whichever muppet they interviewed on the news last night, think it was Rose (weasley looking little bugger), they cannot have a night shift because of noise concerns. What I would like to know is noise concerns from whom, the local water voles, because there aren't any houses within at least a 500 metre plus radius of the roundabout. A night shift managed to work on the A34 without waking anybody up when they resurfaced past South Hinksey.[/p][/quote]I'd doubt if there were the "bodies" to do 24 hour working at this stage into the recovery. If the work had been undertaken back in 2009/2010 you would have had road gangs available from across the south east & midlands. But not now. When I drove past BMW this morning, the traffic was queuing from the Tesco roundabout right back to the Grenoble Road roundabout and as far as the eye (could briefly) see along Grenoble Road as I headed out towards Stadhampton. I'm guessing a vast number of drivers are dodging across Wallingford, Shillingord and Long Wittenham bridges to avoid the A34.[/p][/quote]Yep they are.. One thing to note is the A34 is done by the Highways agency - fortunately they "do" know how to organise a pi$$ up in a brewery unlike the County council (which are doing these works) yabbadabbadoo256
  • Score: 7

10:18am Tue 29 Jul 14

JanetJ says...

yabbadabbadoo256 wrote:
Andrew:Oxford wrote:
Sandy Wimpole-Smythe wrote:
Apparently according to whichever muppet they interviewed on the news last night, think it was Rose (weasley looking little bugger), they cannot have a night shift because of noise concerns. What I would like to know is noise concerns from whom, the local water voles, because there aren't any houses within at least a 500 metre plus radius of the roundabout. A night shift managed to work on the A34 without waking anybody up when they resurfaced past South Hinksey.
I'd doubt if there were the "bodies" to do 24 hour working at this stage into the recovery.

If the work had been undertaken back in 2009/2010 you would have had road gangs available from across the south east & midlands. But not now.

When I drove past BMW this morning, the traffic was queuing from the Tesco roundabout right back to the Grenoble Road roundabout and as far as the eye (could briefly) see along Grenoble Road as I headed out towards Stadhampton.

I'm guessing a vast number of drivers are dodging across Wallingford, Shillingord and Long Wittenham bridges to avoid the A34.
Yep they are..

One thing to note is the A34 is done by the Highways agency - fortunately they "do" know how to organise a pi$$ up in a brewery unlike the County council (which are doing these works)
I presume it is also the County Council that are currently causing chaos for anyone trying to get to Swindon from Oxford by closing the A420 for the summer?
[quote][p][bold]yabbadabbadoo256[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sandy Wimpole-Smythe[/bold] wrote: Apparently according to whichever muppet they interviewed on the news last night, think it was Rose (weasley looking little bugger), they cannot have a night shift because of noise concerns. What I would like to know is noise concerns from whom, the local water voles, because there aren't any houses within at least a 500 metre plus radius of the roundabout. A night shift managed to work on the A34 without waking anybody up when they resurfaced past South Hinksey.[/p][/quote]I'd doubt if there were the "bodies" to do 24 hour working at this stage into the recovery. If the work had been undertaken back in 2009/2010 you would have had road gangs available from across the south east & midlands. But not now. When I drove past BMW this morning, the traffic was queuing from the Tesco roundabout right back to the Grenoble Road roundabout and as far as the eye (could briefly) see along Grenoble Road as I headed out towards Stadhampton. I'm guessing a vast number of drivers are dodging across Wallingford, Shillingord and Long Wittenham bridges to avoid the A34.[/p][/quote]Yep they are.. One thing to note is the A34 is done by the Highways agency - fortunately they "do" know how to organise a pi$$ up in a brewery unlike the County council (which are doing these works)[/p][/quote]I presume it is also the County Council that are currently causing chaos for anyone trying to get to Swindon from Oxford by closing the A420 for the summer? JanetJ
  • Score: 10

10:46am Tue 29 Jul 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

JanetJ wrote:
yabbadabbadoo256 wrote:
Andrew:Oxford wrote:
Sandy Wimpole-Smythe wrote:
Apparently according to whichever muppet they interviewed on the news last night, think it was Rose (weasley looking little bugger), they cannot have a night shift because of noise concerns. What I would like to know is noise concerns from whom, the local water voles, because there aren't any houses within at least a 500 metre plus radius of the roundabout. A night shift managed to work on the A34 without waking anybody up when they resurfaced past South Hinksey.
I'd doubt if there were the "bodies" to do 24 hour working at this stage into the recovery.

If the work had been undertaken back in 2009/2010 you would have had road gangs available from across the south east & midlands. But not now.

When I drove past BMW this morning, the traffic was queuing from the Tesco roundabout right back to the Grenoble Road roundabout and as far as the eye (could briefly) see along Grenoble Road as I headed out towards Stadhampton.

I'm guessing a vast number of drivers are dodging across Wallingford, Shillingord and Long Wittenham bridges to avoid the A34.
Yep they are..

One thing to note is the A34 is done by the Highways agency - fortunately they "do" know how to organise a pi$$ up in a brewery unlike the County council (which are doing these works)
I presume it is also the County Council that are currently causing chaos for anyone trying to get to Swindon from Oxford by closing the A420 for the summer?
Do you mean the roadworks that are diverting the A420 traffic via the M4 and up the A34 to hit the Hinksey roundabout during a period of peak congestion resulting in tail backs that almost reach Newbury?

If so, yes.
[quote][p][bold]JanetJ[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yabbadabbadoo256[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sandy Wimpole-Smythe[/bold] wrote: Apparently according to whichever muppet they interviewed on the news last night, think it was Rose (weasley looking little bugger), they cannot have a night shift because of noise concerns. What I would like to know is noise concerns from whom, the local water voles, because there aren't any houses within at least a 500 metre plus radius of the roundabout. A night shift managed to work on the A34 without waking anybody up when they resurfaced past South Hinksey.[/p][/quote]I'd doubt if there were the "bodies" to do 24 hour working at this stage into the recovery. If the work had been undertaken back in 2009/2010 you would have had road gangs available from across the south east & midlands. But not now. When I drove past BMW this morning, the traffic was queuing from the Tesco roundabout right back to the Grenoble Road roundabout and as far as the eye (could briefly) see along Grenoble Road as I headed out towards Stadhampton. I'm guessing a vast number of drivers are dodging across Wallingford, Shillingord and Long Wittenham bridges to avoid the A34.[/p][/quote]Yep they are.. One thing to note is the A34 is done by the Highways agency - fortunately they "do" know how to organise a pi$$ up in a brewery unlike the County council (which are doing these works)[/p][/quote]I presume it is also the County Council that are currently causing chaos for anyone trying to get to Swindon from Oxford by closing the A420 for the summer?[/p][/quote]Do you mean the roadworks that are diverting the A420 traffic via the M4 and up the A34 to hit the Hinksey roundabout during a period of peak congestion resulting in tail backs that almost reach Newbury? If so, yes. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 16

11:31am Tue 29 Jul 14

OxfordRob says...

Just a thought but could the Oxfordshire County Council actually be working for rivals Cambridge and this is all part of their cunning plan. Cause complete carnage and halt anything happening in or around Oxfordshire so as to promote Cambridge as a better place? If this does not improve soon no one is going to want to come to our beautiful but poorly managed city.
Just a thought but could the Oxfordshire County Council actually be working for rivals Cambridge and this is all part of their cunning plan. Cause complete carnage and halt anything happening in or around Oxfordshire so as to promote Cambridge as a better place? If this does not improve soon no one is going to want to come to our beautiful but poorly managed city. OxfordRob
  • Score: 11

11:06pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Oxfordguy79 says...

They will do anything they can do create chaos on the roads of Oxford, and lets face it, they never actually improve anything even when they are finished. So they cause chaos wasting millions and millions of tax payers money, adding an extra hour or so on our already busy day, but never seem to ache ave anything, except push the congestion up to the next roundabout and then cause more chaos spending millions again on that one a year or two later.
Oxfords road system is one of the worst I have seen around the whole of the UK, the traffic lights don't even work in sync with the others forcing you to stop start 3-4 times just on a roundabout where if they done it properly it would never happen, and traffic lights are not really necessary on a roundabout anyway I think it just causes more problems again. Sort it out Oxford. This is one of the main reasons we don't get many visitors just students to or beautiful town, which has so much potential if we just updated the town centre, added facilities for residents. Even smaller towns have better shopping malls, places to take children,places for adults like casinos and much much more we are missing out on. You even closed down our dog racing track for gods sake which was a great place with the go carting as well. Sort it out.
They will do anything they can do create chaos on the roads of Oxford, and lets face it, they never actually improve anything even when they are finished. So they cause chaos wasting millions and millions of tax payers money, adding an extra hour or so on our already busy day, but never seem to ache ave anything, except push the congestion up to the next roundabout and then cause more chaos spending millions again on that one a year or two later. Oxfords road system is one of the worst I have seen around the whole of the UK, the traffic lights don't even work in sync with the others forcing you to stop start 3-4 times just on a roundabout where if they done it properly it would never happen, and traffic lights are not really necessary on a roundabout anyway I think it just causes more problems again. Sort it out Oxford. This is one of the main reasons we don't get many visitors just students to or beautiful town, which has so much potential if we just updated the town centre, added facilities for residents. Even smaller towns have better shopping malls, places to take children,places for adults like casinos and much much more we are missing out on. You even closed down our dog racing track for gods sake which was a great place with the go carting as well. Sort it out. Oxfordguy79
  • Score: 0

11:18pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Oxfordguy79 says...

And if you actually want to do some good on the roads, try to sort out problem areas like crescent road which is just used as a rat run to cut from Cowley road up to Holloway and most of the drivers speed up there as well which is so dangerous, even more so since you put all them silly chicanes all the way up there and parking bays very close either side of the road so traffic jams up so easily and quickly, especially when you get a nervous driver who just sits there and doesn't know what to do, making it ten times slower. So why don't you actually enforce the speed limits there some times,take away them silly chicanes in the road or maybe put a barrier up to stop it being used as a rat run like has been done on boswell road (or the one near it). At least take the time to have a look and survey it over a matter of time, or will it take a child, old person,well just anyone being knocked over and possibly killed before it is taken seriously ? That is how it seems to work these days. Holloway is the same, cyclists riding on the already extremely narrow paths and not slowly either without a care in the world, even when you tell them you just get told to F-off and get lots of abuse. Start trying to sort the inner city roads out as well and start giving out fines to the cyclists flouting every law there is (do they even know what a red light is ?) and make it a safer area as it is already overly populated.
And if you actually want to do some good on the roads, try to sort out problem areas like crescent road which is just used as a rat run to cut from Cowley road up to Holloway and most of the drivers speed up there as well which is so dangerous, even more so since you put all them silly chicanes all the way up there and parking bays very close either side of the road so traffic jams up so easily and quickly, especially when you get a nervous driver who just sits there and doesn't know what to do, making it ten times slower. So why don't you actually enforce the speed limits there some times,take away them silly chicanes in the road or maybe put a barrier up to stop it being used as a rat run like has been done on boswell road (or the one near it). At least take the time to have a look and survey it over a matter of time, or will it take a child, old person,well just anyone being knocked over and possibly killed before it is taken seriously ? That is how it seems to work these days. Holloway is the same, cyclists riding on the already extremely narrow paths and not slowly either without a care in the world, even when you tell them you just get told to F-off and get lots of abuse. Start trying to sort the inner city roads out as well and start giving out fines to the cyclists flouting every law there is (do they even know what a red light is ?) and make it a safer area as it is already overly populated. Oxfordguy79
  • Score: 1

1:48pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Beechtree says...

Fully agree with Oxfordguy79 re local city roads, now used as rat runs even more thanks to Rodney Rose & county council suggesting drivers find alternative routes. Rymers Lane, Cornwallis Road, Littlehay & all nearby roads scarily full of traffic. Joined up thinking needed; if Thames Valley Police took their new speed gizmo (elsewhere in Mail re Berinsfield) they'd have a field day.
Fully agree with Oxfordguy79 re local city roads, now used as rat runs even more thanks to Rodney Rose & county council suggesting drivers find alternative routes. Rymers Lane, Cornwallis Road, Littlehay & all nearby roads scarily full of traffic. Joined up thinking needed; if Thames Valley Police took their new speed gizmo (elsewhere in Mail re Berinsfield) they'd have a field day. Beechtree
  • Score: 0

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