FLOODING: Commuters face misery

FLOODED roads and rail lines have thrown Oxfordshire’s transport networks into disarray.

Oxfordshire County Council last night could not rule out possible closures of Botley Road, to join the closure of Abingdon Road and several other busy routes into the city centre yesterday.

Network Rail said should water levels continue to rise more problems are expected today. First Great Western and CrossCountry were still reporting train delays from Oxford of half an hour at 4pm yesterday.

Oxford Bus Company said its vehicles would pick up from their normal stops in Oxford city centre before taking their diversionary routes.

Yesterday the county council announced Seacourt park and ride would be shut for the day. Road closures were put in place in Ferry Hinksey Road; Old Abingdon Road, Oxford; Evans Lane and Queens Avenue, Kidlington; Queens Avenue, Kidlington; the A329 at Drayton St Leonard; Abingdon Road, Sutton Courtenay; Binsey Lane, Oxford, and Manor Road, South Hinksey.

Abingdon Road was closed from Folly Bridge at the city end up to the Kennington roundabout due to flooding at the Weirs Lane junction.

Mill Street in Kidlington was re-opened at 4pm yesterday.

To get traffic moving through Oxford, city-centre bus lane cameras were switched off along High Street, allowing private vehicles to pass through.

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