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Updated 5:15am Wednesday 8th January 2014 in News
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- There are major delays on Botley Road in the city this evening.
- Abingdon Road remains shut.
- The Seacourt Park and Ride has been closed by the floods.
- There are reports of major traffic disruption on some routes into the city.
- Properties on Osney Island are being handed sandbags this morning as river levels rise on the Thames.
- More rain will fall overnight.
- Train services between Oxford and Didcot Parkway may shut today.
Good morning. As with yesterday, we are closing this blog and launching a new one for Wednesday because it will be easier for people to load the new one.
Please click here for the new blog - it already has road closure and school closure updates in it.
Hithercroft Road, between Wallingford and South Moreton, is now closed due to flooding between the roundabout at Bosley Way on the edge of Wallingford and the junction with Anchor Lane at South Moreton.
Trains are still able to run between Oxford and Didcot tonight, despite flood water on the tracks in the Hinksey and Kennington area where the line runs alongside the Hinksey Stream, but due to severe speed restrictions some services are suffering delays of more than an hour.
The 8.20pm from London to Great Malvern via Oxford and the Cotswold Line was running about 65 minutes late. First Great Western said the train would be terminated at Worcester Shrub Hill as a result.
FGW trains between Didcot Parkway and South Wales are still being diverted, with extended journey times, due to flood water blocking the line between Swindon and Bristol Parkway.
For the latest information, see FGW's JourneyCheck page or call 08457 484950.
Rain, rain, go away...
The Met Office's latest regional information on the weather tells us there are more opportunities for people to get out the umbrella ahead this week.
Wednesday will be breezy with isolated showers to the end of the day, then more prolonged, locally heavy rain will descend for a time in the evening.
There are also forecasts for bouts of rain on Thursday and Friday.
Will you get the bus into work tomorrow in Oxford? Or the train?
That is the advice from Oxford City Council this evening - echoing the thoughts of Oxfordshire County Council.
The city council said in a statement today: "Several key routes into the city are closed or affected by flooding, so please consider using public transport if travelling in and around Oxford to help ease traffic congestion in the city.
"Motorists are urged to drive very carefully through water and obey any road closed signs.
"A number of tow-paths are also closed and people are being urged to obey any warning or closure signs whether they are on roads or tow-paths."
The Environment Agency has sent out a fresh warning tonight about driving through flood water:
"If you’re driving in areas affected by flooding, steer clear of flood water. 30cm of water will float your car."
Oxfordshire County Council has said tonight that it is considering opening the High Street in Oxford to all traffic.
An official said that the measure was "under review" but for the time being the road would remain buses-only.
The authority says that such a step usually only happens when both Abingdon Road and Botley Road are closed.
Given that one is shut and the other is at risk of closure, this cannot be far off the list of options for tomorrow.
There is likely to be further rainfall tonight, the Environment Agency says.
The Met Office is forecasting further rainfall tonight in the south-east and Wednesday night and into Thursday in parts of south-west England.
A spokesman said: "Communities are urged to prepare by checking their flood risk, signing up to free flood warnings and keeping an eye on the latest flood updates via the Environment Agency website and social media.
"Environment Agency teams continue to work around the clock checking and maintaining flood defences, clearing blockages in watercourses, deploying temporary defences, monitoring water levels and issuing flood warnings where necessary."
This is the current list of road closures for the county tonight:
- The Abingdon Road in Oxford from its junction with old Abingdon Road through to its junction with Northampton Road.
- Islip - Lower Road and Mill Road closed because of flooding. The route through the village is now via Kings Head Lane, which is under traffic signal control
London Lane, Ascott-under-Wychwood due to flooding
- Barford Road between Barford St John and Barford St Michael, in the area south of Banbury, closed due to flooding
- B478 at Playhatch, near Henley
- A417 at Challow - between Wantage and Faringdon - by Mellors Garage, due to flooding
- The road to Woodeaton village [north-east of Oxford] from B4027 to Elsfield/ Marston Junction
- Clifton Hampden to Long Wittenham (High Street), near Abingdon
- Wytham to Wolvercote road (under the A34 bridge)
- Kennington Road, Kennington by A34 slip road.
- The link road from A34 to South Hinksey village
- Binsey Lane, Oxford
- Tollgate Road at Culham Bridge in Culham
- West Hagbourne village near Didcot – York Road to Main Street
- North Moreton to Wallingford road
- B4016 Blewbury Road, East Hagbourne, near Didcot
- Minster Riding near the Old Swan Hotel near Minster Lovell
- Dry Lane, Crawley, near Witney
- A417 both ways closed due to accident and fallen power cables near B4001 New Road at East Challow, near Wantage
Around 2,800 sandbags have been dispatched by the county council, new figures show.
The bus gate on the High Street is currently closed, although this situation remains under constant review, the county council says.
As a result of the severe congestion in Oxford this evening due to flooding-related problems, including the closure of Abingdon Road, buses on route 3 from Rose Hill and route 5 from Blackbird Leys are terminating in the city centre instead of the railway station.
Passengers travelling to and from the railway station should use buses on park-and-ride route 400 to make connections with routes 3 and 5 in Speedwell Street or High Street. Route 400 buses are turning round at the station, at the stop normally used by route 5, due to the closure of Seacourt park-and-ride centre.
Households and business in South Oxfordshire in need of sandbags due to an imminent threat of flooding can collect supplies from the car park at South Oxfordshire District Council's headquarters in Benson Lane, Crowmarsh, and at Kings Road car park in Henley.
Council staff are delivering sandbags directly to properties in the district deemed at high risk of flooding and to vulnerable residents.
To add to the roads misery, the A417 near East Challow - close to Wantage - is closed tonight after a collision and fallen cables.
Officials are urging people to think about using buses or trains to get into Oxford tomorrow.
The warning comes in the wake of serious disruption today caused by the floods.
The closure of Abingdon Road and of the Seacourt park and ride has seen serious delays for motorists.
Oxpens Road, Banbury Road and some other routes have also been affected by traffic jams this evening.
The county council took to Twitter this evening to make a plea to residents - despite serious disruption to bus services today and delays on the trains.
"Please consider using public transport tomorrow into Oxford to help ease traffic congestion in the city," the council said.
Bin collections in South Oxfordshire have been badly disrupted.
The area's district council said this evening: "Road closures have severely delayed bin lorries. If your bin wasn't emptied, please leave it out again tomorrow."
Stagecoach has said buses are still being badly affected tonight.
Some services are still running approximately 30 to 35 minutes late.
Beleaguered passengers standing at bus stops in the city tonight should perhaps buy a paper.
@AndrewPulver sent in this picture of Botley Park
Those reports about temporary toilets near Weirs Lane - an area near the flood-shut Abingdon Road in Oxford - were correct.
Oxford City Council has just tweeted to say: "We've installed temporary toilets at Canning Crescent and Peel Place off Abingdon Road as drains overflowing."
Abingdon Road in Oxford remains shut tonight. However, there have been reports of vehicles still trying to get down the road - and of stranded vehicles having to be towed away.
The county council says this is "irresponsible".
The road is shut from its junction with old Abingdon Road through to its junction with Northampton Road.
This includes Weirs Lane.
A county council statement tonight says: "Some motorists have been ignoring this closure. This is irresponsible. The closure is for the safety of motorists and nearby residents, whose properties suffer from the effects of bow waves from passing vehicles."
There are reports this evening that temporary toilets have been set up in Canning Crescent - off flood-affected Weirs Lane in the city - due to overflowing drains.
Motorists having trouble coming into town earlier were in for trouble if they decided to park at the retail centre off Botley Road on which PC World is based.
This poster served as a clear warning:
This impressive shot of Wallingford bridge was captured by Karl Mitchell-Shead who took it using a DJIF550 Hexcopter from 200ft.
Oxford Mail reader Philip said: "Just cycled from Cowley Road to Jericho.
"Cowley Road and the Plain are virtually at a standstill; the High Street IS a standstill - amazing.
"It is a car park - engines off, nose to tail, stationary. People should avoid at all possible costs!"
The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for the River Thames in the Wolvercote area.
It said: "The River Thames has been rising steadily over the last couple of days. Levels are continuing to rise and will get very close to property flooding in the next 24 hours in the Wolvercote area.
"Levels will continue to rise for the next 24 hours, and are currently forecast to be similar to the levels seen just over a year ago during November and December 2012."
Whatever happens, flood experts say things need to get better in the long-term.
Peter Rawcliffe, of Oxford Flood Alliance, said: “There is a general consensus that Oxford needs better flood defences than it has got."
Botley Road could close at any time, officials say.
David Nimmo Smith, the councillor in charge of transport in the county, said river levels were rising and Botley Road could be closed if officers decided it was no longer safe to use.
He said: “I am aware it is very high up on the list of roads that could be closed.”
The Environment Agency has said flood levels in Oxford are expected to peak tomorrow.
A spokesman said levels were then expected to drop off, depending on the amount of rain which then falls on the county.
Major delays being reported throughout Oxford this evening with motorists saying it has taken them over an hour and a half to get from the city centre to Botley
First Great Western has tweeted: "Lines are open between Radley & Oxford, Speed restrictions in place in the Oxford Area which could cause delays of up to 15 mins."
There are major delays on Botley Road in the city tonight.
Oxfordshire County Council is warning motorists their journey home tonight will take longer than usual.
Botley Road remains open, but there is flooding near the McDonald's.
The Mail has been told it is taking up to 90 minutes to get through the traffic from the station to McDonald's.
In a statement, the council said this afternoon: "In light of the closure of the Abingdon Road and difficult road conditions elsewhere, commuters are advised that their journey home is likely to take longer this evening and they should plan accordingly. Although the Botley Road is experiencing some flooding, it is currently expected to remain open through this evening’s rush hour.
"The bus gate on the High Street is currently closed, although this situation remains under constant review."
Minster Riding, near the Old Swan & Minster Mill Hotel at Minster Lovell, and Dry Lane, between Crawley and Witney, have been closed due to flooding from the River Windrush.
Trains are still running from Oxford to Didcot Parkway but a number of coaches are on standby if the line has to close
Thames Travel said: "We are now able to operate through Sutton Courtenay via Drayton and Milton Park as usual, apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.
"Delays continue on the X1/X32/X2/X39/X40 of up to 30 minutes due to the localised flooding within Oxford."
Another flood warning has been issued by The Environment Agency, for the River Thames at Clifton Hampden, Dorchester and Little Wittenham.
Oxfordshire County Council has just put out this statement: “In light of the closure of the Abingdon Road and difficult road conditions elsewhere, commuters are advised that their journey home is likely to take longer this evening and they should plan accordingly.
"Although the Botley Road is experiencing some flooding it is currently expected to remain open through this evening’s rush hour.
“The bus gate on the High Street is currently closed although this situation remains under constant review. We urge people to stay in touch with the websites of local agencies and the Environment Agency as well as local media outlets for up to date travel information today and tomorrow.”
Due to flooding blocking the line between Swindon and Bristol Parkway, trains between Didcot Parkway and South Wales are subject to delays and cancellations.
For the latest information, see First Great Western's JourneyCheck page or call 08457 484950.
Abingdon Mayor Sam Bowring says the Thames in the town is the highest she has ever seen it.
At St Helen’s Wharf, the river has risen to the level of the road, while large areas of Abbey Meadows are now under water.
Ms Bowing said: “I think it will be unwise to try to travel by St Helen’s Wharf in the next hour.
“I am usually the last person to panic, but my advice to people now is to start taking this very seriously.”
These images show the scene there this afternoon.
Oxford City Council said it has about 2,000 sandbags left and “plenty” of sand and bags to be filled.
Spokeswoman Louisa Dean said plenty of bags are still available at Seacourt and Redbridge park and ride in Oxford.
Kennington Road has not escaped the flooding, as this picture from reader Chris White shows.
Pumping at Ferry Hinksey Road, Oxford appears to have reduce floodwaters and Osney Mead is now mostly clear.
A flood warning – meaning flooding is expected – has just been issued by The Environment Agency for the River Thames and tributaries at Sandford and Radley near Oxford.
Vale of White Horse District Council has now given out 2,000 sandbags to cope with flooding.
The council has said those in genuine need of sandbags can collect them from Cattle Market Car Park, next to the council offices at Abbey House, and from the B&Q car park, in Abingdon.
Flooding is affecting residents in Bullstake Close in the city.
The road off Botley Road is regularly affected by floods, given its proximity to the Bullstake Stream.
The Environment Agency has warned Oxfordshire residents to prepare for more flooding for the rest of the week.
They have said more unsettled weather over the next few days will see rain falling on already saturated ground increasing the chance of flooding.
Along the River Thames water levels remain high and continue to rise in response to the recent rainfall.
David Bedlington, regional flood risk manager for the Environment Agency, said: "The Environment Agency’s incident rooms remain open, and our staff are working hard to provide up-to-the-minute information for the public, local authorities and emergency services.
"We continue to encourage the public in affected areas to remain vigilant, and to keep a close eye on media reports and weather forecasts. It is important to take extra care in deep or flowing water; do not take risks if you are unsure of the depth of the water or of any hidden hazards."
Nasim Madani tweeted this picture of the railway tracks between Oxford and Didcot Parkway
West Oxfordshire District Council says it is still filling sandbags and more than 2,500 have been given out in the district.
The council will deliver sandbags to elderly or disabled residents in the district.
To ask for a delivery and to arrange collection of ready-made sandbags from Witney for homes and businesses in West Oxfordshire, call 01993 861000 or in an emergency out of hours, call 0845 303 9706.
Collection points, where residents can make up sandbags themselves using stockpiles of sand and bags, are at:
- Ascott-under-Wychwood: The Tiddy Hall.
- Burford: The Rec Car Park, in Tanners Lane
- Charlbury: Charlbury Bowls Club, in Ticknell Piece Road
- Chipping Norton: Council depot at Greystones on the A361 south of the town.
- Clanfield: Carter Institute car park, in Main Road
- Milton-under-Wychwood: Village hall car park, Shipton Road
- Northmoor: Village hall car park, Church Road
- Shipton-under-Wychwood: New Beaconsfield Hall car park, Station Road
- Standlake: St Giles Church, Downs Road
- Woodstock: Council depot, Union Street
Reader Nigel, sent this picture, saying: "The Boat House at HR Wallingford, upstream of Wallingford Bridge. Note the top of the door to the Boat House just showing above the water."
Severe flood warnings have been issued in Dorset, but there are none in place for Oxfordshire.
Despite the damp spirits many are in, the flooding has brought with it a bit of fun. Could we call it a blitz spirit? These are two people all at sea on the junction between Abingdon Road and Weirs Lane in the city.
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is in Oxford today for a conference. He is facing fierce scrutiny from MPs about the nation's future flood defence budgets - although he says more money will be spent. The Mail will be speaking to him today.
There are reports from across the county of disruption - from businesses on Abingdon Road in Oxford who are losing money because roads are closed to people whose cars have become stranded in a water-logged car park in Abingdon.
The weather is improving this afternoon, but more rainfall is expected to fall overnight. The view from the Environment Agency is that most waterways will see levels continue to rise tonight and reach levels not seen since the winter of 2012.
About 100 sandbags left on two pallets at The Duke of Monmouth pub in Abingdon Road, Oxford at about 12.30pm were gone within 15 minutes, landlord Tony Jenkinson said. He's not sure if they're getting any more.
The railway line between Didcot Parkway and Oxford will close from about 2pm, National Rail has announced.
Trains have already been delayed by about 15 minutes between the stations because of flooding between Radley and Oxford.
The National Rail Enquiries website says: “Replacement buses will be provided, but these are likely to have journey times of at least an hour because of poor road conditions in the region.”
B4016 Blewbury Road, East Hagbourne has closed, Oxfordshire County Council has announced.
West Oxfordshire District Council says it has issued 2,500 sandbags across its sites
First Great Western says the line between Oxford and Didcot Parkway may flood this afternoon.
A statement on its website says: "The latest estimate is that at 1pm today, the line will be unpassable by trains and we will not be able to operate services between Oxford and Didcot Parkway.
"Rail replacement services will be in operation, however, customers are advised that journey times to/from Oxford will be significantly extended as roads in the area are also affected by flooding.
"Customers are able to use Chiltern Services between London Marylebone, Bicester and Banbury."
Grandpont Nursery School and children's centre John Rice said it is closing this afternoon and all day tomorrow.
Mr Rice said: "We haven't had flooding in the school but we're concerned about the rising levels and access."
We spotted this adventurer out in Abingdon Road making the most of the flooding
A cyclist braves the floodwater in Monmouth Road, Oxford
Allotments in Abingdon Road
This car had been abandoned in Abingdon Road, Oxford
Carol Chung sent in this picture of Culham Bridges first thing this morning
Abingdon Road, Oxford, remains closed due to flooding
Police are now stopping motorists from getting down Ferry Hinksey Road. People are still able to leave flood-affected Osney Mead, but officers are not letting drivers in now.
Reports of a jack-knifed lorry at the Pear Tree Interchange this morning
Train passengers have told the Mail this morning that flood-related delays on the lines are causing delays of 30 minutes and more on journeys into the city.
Andrew Beal from Blackbird Leys, Oxford, has contacted us to question why the council doesn't open up the High Street to alleviate traffic
The scene near Osney Lock this morning
Motorists travelling from Abingdon to Oxford are reporting "crazy" conditions taking them over an hour for the journey
Sally Copley tweeted us this picture of where the Redbridge Park & Ride is
Reports of major delays on the A34 Northbound in Oxfordshire this morning, there is flooding on the left hand lane before the turn off for the ring road and a collision at the Chilton Interchange involving a lorry and three cars
Nicola Blackwood, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has spoken to Environment Secretary Owen Paterson in Parliament yesterday about the flooding.
She said sewers could not cope with the flooding - and wants more pressure put on water companies to deal with it.
"My constituency has also flooded, which has led to one tragedy and widespread disruption and anxiety.
"I join the Secretary of State in paying tribute to the Environment Agency and the emergency services for their tireless work over the Christmas period.
"However, despite their ever-increasing water bills, my constituents are again facing foul water flooding from sewers that simply cannot cope with flooding.
"What is he doing to put pressure on water companies to be more prepared for flood events and to ensure that we prevent these very distressing incidents from recurring?"
Markings on the Osney Lock point out the highest level of the floods in 2003. This morning, the waters are nearing that point again.
With the Environment Agency warning that the Thames will continue to rise this week, that level may well be beaten.
One reader has taken a picture of this rather soggy-looking scene near the ringroad by the Redbridge Park and Ride.
"Somewhere in the middle of this lake just off the ringroad by Redbridge P&R there used to be a river," said tweeter Sally Copley.
Train disruption between Radley and Oxford will last until midnight, First Great Western says.
The firm says train services running through these stations may be delayed by up to 15 minutes or revised at short notice.
There are long queues at the moment on the A420 approaching Botley Interchange. There are delays of 10 minutes.
Ambulance bosses are warning motorists to be careful.
South Central Ambulance Service has tweeted to say: "Lots of spray around this morning. Slow down and take care on the roads>"
More road closure details have emerged. The following areas are also affected:
- B4495 Donnington Bridge
- Godstow Road in Wolvercote
- High Street in Clifton Hampden
- Evans Lane in Kidlington
This was the scene earlier this morning on Osney Mead, near the Oxford Mail offices. The floodwater had spread from the roundabout during the evening yesterday. Officials at the scene are hoping to improve the situation today.
Oxfordshire County Council has just tweeted:
"Abingdon Road, Oxford is closed. It is flooded. Please do not drive down it for your own safety."
Sandbags are being put down this morning at houses on South Street on Osney Island.
The closure of the Seacourt Park and Ride on Botley Road was due to the flooding, the county council has confirmed.
Another picturesque scene from yesterday of the flooding.
This picture was sent in by Annette Taylor and shows the Thames at Abingdon.
The county council says Abingdon Road is still closed this morning.
There are reports that its closure is causing major disruption for some road-users this morning.
A number of tow-paths are also closed.
And the county council says people should obey any warning or closure signs, whether they are on roads or tow-paths.
Around 2,500 sandbags have been handed out by council officials.
The county and city council have deployed sandbag dumps in the city at Seacourt and Redbridge Park and Ride sites.
It is unclear what effect the closure this morning of the Seacourt site is having on this.
The county council says sand bag pallets have been delivered to the Duke of Monmouth public house on Abingdon Road and also South Hinksey Village (the farm opposite the village hall).
Bags have also been delivered to Henley (King's Road car park), Sutton Courtenay, Kennington and Dorchester.
The council says anyone living in an area liable to flood can collect bags as part of their preparations.
The Environment Agency says levels of the River Thames are continuing to rise and will continue to do so over the next "couple of days".
Dave Ferguson, a spokesman for the agency, said: "Anyone who lives near the river should be mindful that the river is very high."
There are also temporary barriers going up today at Osney at West Street - off Botley Road - along the river.
According to the Vale of White Horse Council website, a flood barrier was installed across the Kennington slip road from 7pm last night.
Officials say those in genuine need of sand bags in that area can collect them from Cattle Market Car Park, next to the Council offices at Abbey House, and from the B&Q car park, in Abingdon.
Abingdon's Rye Farm car park is currently flooded, so drivers are asked to avoid using Hales Meadow.
There are reports of serious disruption for some road-users getting into Oxford.
One motorist said he had been stuck in traffic for around 90 minutes as he tried to make it in from Charlbury and along the A44 into Oxford.
The National Rail Enquiries website is not reporting any further disruption to the trains in our area. We will keep you posted if and when reports come through of problems on the lines.
First Great Western has reported a problem caused by the flooding.
Owing to flooding between Radley and Oxford, it says trains have to run at reduced speed on all lines.
The firm says there are delays of up to 15 minutes.
Oxford-based John Dennehy is one resident to have been affected by the floods.
As the image he has sent us shows, the sandbags in place have not been able to stop all water from getting in.
It might seem gloomy and damp, but the flooding can also create some eye-catching scenes - as one reader shows.
Someone called Heidi - user name @MoreTea_vintage - has tweeted us this image of the water-logged Oatlands Recreation Ground at sunset.
If you have any images, please e-mail them in to firstname.lastname@example.org
A total of 12 flood warnings are in place for the following areas in the county:
- River Thames at Culham
- River Thames and tributaries at Kennington
- River Thames between Newbridge and Kings Lock above Oxford
- River Thames in Abingdon
- River Thames and tributaries in the Binsey, Osney and Osney Island areas in Oxford
- River Thame at Dorchester
- River Thames from Days Lock down to South Stoke
- River Windrush at Witney and Ducklington
- River Thames from Buscot Wick down to Shifford
- River Thames and tributaries at New Botley, New and North Hinksey and Grandpont in Oxford
- River Thames for Henley, Remenham, and Medmenham
- River Thames for Shiplake, Lower Shiplake and Wargrave
Flood warnings are in place in several parts of the county, as was the case yesterday.
Such warnings mean flooding is expected.
More importantly, it means householders and businesses near the river should take immediate precautions.
Stagecoach says some of its services have also been affected.
The firm says most services are currently running as near to normal as possible but the following services are affected:
- Route 2/2A - Due to a sewer collapse in Evans Lane, Kidlington it is unable to serve Evans Lane and Mill Street. Route 2A is diverting via the A4260 (Oxford/Banbury Road) and route 2 is running Grovelands - Banbury Road (A4260) - The Moors - High Street - Oxford Road (A4260). The 2 will be stopping on the opposite side of High Street compared to usual.
- Routes 16, 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 stops in St Aldates.
As of this moment in time, the county council says there are no school closures today.
Oxford Bus Company services have been affected by the flooding - and there will be serious delays as a result.
The firm says its buses are unable to use Abingdon Road , or Seacourt park and ride and Evans Lane in Kidlington.
As a result, the following diversions are in place:
- cityX3/X13: diverting from Abingdon to Redbridge, Heyford Hill, Littlemore roundabout, Iffley Road, High Street to the city centre. Leaving Oxford, services will operate the same diversion in reverse.
city35: not serving Lower Kennington. Services are operating from Kennington along Bagley Wood Road, then Hinksey Hill, Heyford Hill, Littlemore roundabout, Iffley Road, High St to the city centre. Leaving Oxford, services will operate the same diversion in reverse. Redbridge is not being served by city35 in either direction.
park&ride300: from Redbridge to Heyford Hill, Littlemore roundabout, Iffley Road to the city centre. The reverse will apply for services operating from Oxford to Redbridge.
park&ride400: due to the closure of Seacourt park and ride, park&ride400 will not serve Seacourt. Services from Thornhill will terminate at the rail station.
city2: As a result of continuing floods and roadworks along Evans Lane, service 2A will operate via Oxford Road direct to Grovelands. Service 2 will operate via the Moors, High St and then Oxford Road en route to Oxford city.
The firm said in a statement: "Due to the considerable increased distance these diversions cover, services will be heavily delayed."
But motorists aiming to park and ride into town today will have issues.
Oxford City Council has closed Seacourt Park and Ride off the Botley Road due to flooding.
As well as road closures, flood signs have been installed at:
- Main Street - Clanfield
- Bloxham Rd – Banbury
- B4035 - Broughton Lane
- A361 at Fulbrook
- Merton to Islip road at Charlton-on-Otmoor
City council staff are on Ferry Hinksey Road off Botley Road in Oxford this morning as they continue to pump out water.
Since yesterday evening, more flood water has spread, taking it from the roundabout at Osney Mead to near to the Oxford Mail offices.
Some traffic is still coming down the road, but the road is officially shut.
The county council says West Oxford Primary School is still currently accessible from the Botley Road. The situation, the council says, will be monitored.
According to the latest available information from Oxfordshire County Council, the following roads are all shut because of the flooding:
- Abingdon Road closed at 7pm on Monday, January 6 from its junction with old Abingdon Road through to its junction with Northampton Road. This includes Weirs Lane. The council said it had managed to keep it partially open during the afternoon to allow some traffic through.
- Islip - Lower Road and Mill Road closed because of flooding. The route through the village is now via Kings Head Lane, which is under traffic signal control
London Lane, Ascott-under-Wychwood due to flooding
- Barford Road between Barford St John and Barford St Michael closed due to flooding
- B478 at Playhatch, near Henley
- A417 at Challow, by Mellors Garage, due to flooding
- Road to Woodeaton Village from B4027 to Elsfield/ Marston Junction
- Clifton Hampden to Long Wittenham (High Street)
- Wytham to Wolvercote road (under the A34 bridge)
- Link road from A34 to South Hinksey village
- Binsey Lane, Oxford
- Tollgate Road at Culham Bridge
- West Hagbourne Village – York Road to Main Street
What the Met Office describes as a yellow warning for rain is in place for today - so it's going to be wet and drizzly, at least for a time.
The forecast says that rain is likely to fall until lunchtime.
By 12pm, the outlook should brighten and ease over the rest of the day.
Bring a brolly - and some wellies.
The Met Office is predicting more rain today in the Oxford area.
The Environment Agency is warning this morning that Oxfordshire remains one of the areas most at risk in the country.
And officials there say the weather will remain poor in the coming days.
In a statement, the agency said: "Communities in Dorset, Oxfordshire, south Wiltshire, Hampshire and along the river Thames are being urged to remain prepared for more flooding today and the remainder of the week. More unsettled weather over the next few days will see rain falling on already saturated ground increasing the chance of flooding."
Staff from the agency are working flat out to tackle the flooding, though, the organisation said.
"Our teams continue to work around the clock checking and maintaining flood defences, clearing blockages in watercourses, deploying temporary defences, monitoring water levels and issuing flood warnings where necessary," said the statement.
More rain overnight has left many residents and businesses on red alert today over flooding in the county.
Overnight, forecasters were predicting 11mm of rainfall, and there are fears of what the latest downpour will do to both flooded areas and waterways already at capacity.
Today we will again bring you continuous updates from across the county.
If you are affected by the flooding, or if you have images of the flooding, e-mail email@example.com or call 01865 425444.
- Click here to read all our flood blog posts from Monday.
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