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Floods and travel update

Charlbury has seen the worst flooding for many years, with two of the main roads closed, no train services, and several submerged cars.

The driver of one car, stranded on the river bridge at the bottom of Dyers Hill, had to abandon their vehicle but then could not physically cross the fast-running water - he had to cling to a railing until he was rescued. On Pound Hill, meanwhile, a car was abandoned on Saturday morning after the driver's unsuccessful attempt to get to work in Chipping Norton.

See also the picture gallery. (More pictures to be added in the next few days.)

Roads: Now that the waters have subsided, the roads to Burford and Chipping Norton are passable once again. A single-file traffic light system is in operation at the bridge over the Evenlode at the bottom of Dyers Hill.

Trains: No trains are running from Charlbury (or anywhere between Oxford and Worcester). First Great Western says that services will not resume at any point before Monday 6th August. Replacement road services are scheduled as follows, though are of course subject to further cancellation due to flooding in the Oxford/Abingdon area:

  • Taxis will be provided from Charlbury direct to Didcot at 06.20 and 06.47, and a coach at 09.15
  • Taxis will be provided direct from Didcot to Charlbury, Kingham and Hanborough at 18.20 and 19.20, and a coach direct from Didcot to Charlbury at 17.00
  • Rail passengers are also able to use the 20A Stagecoach local bus service to and from Oxford using their rail tickets.
  • See also the relevant page on the First Great Western website.

You can discuss the floods in the forum.

Richard Fairhurst · Tue 24 Jul 2007, 12:16 · Link

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