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Roadworks on the A338 between Jet garage and Williams F1

Reported in the Roads/highways category anonymously at 08:07, Tuesday 8 January 2019

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council 3 minutes later

These roadworks are due to be ongoing until mid-March 2019, but are already causing significant delays during rush hour both travelling to and from Wantage and Grove in the mornings and evenings. I have been forced to adjust my working hours to compensate for the disruption.

Please can Oxfordshire County Council ensure the traffic lights at these roadworks are manually operated at peak times to try to prevent huge tailbacks, and do whatever necessary to escalate the speed at which they are resolved.

Council ref: ENQ19823090

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  • Thank you for your enquiry. This issue has been passed onto the relevant team for investigation.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 08:10, Tuesday 8 January 2019

  • Queues this morning at 7am heading to Oxford, stretching back to Wantage, yet next to nothing (3-4 cars) coming the other way.

    Likewise last night (circa 6pm), queues to Hanney, and next to nothing the other way. I attach a Google traffic view of this.

    Please just phase the lights a little better, or man them around these times.

    State changed to: Open

    Posted anonymously at 08:11, Tuesday 8 January 2019

  • It looked like someone was manning the lights at 7:20am but north bound and coming out of Grove was significantly backed up, whilst south bound were being let through as they met the lights. This is not working to keep a steady flow of traffic going.

    Posted anonymously at 09:56, Tuesday 8 January 2019

  • I joined the queue this morning on Oxford Lane (just off the mini roundabout from Denchworth Road) at 7.05am. The traffic was not moving because it has to join the flow of traffic coming from Wantage on the A338. Ridiculous.

    Posted anonymously at 13:44, Tuesday 8 January 2019

  • As you can see the problem persists. All the while you're "investigating" people are sat in the queue wasting time, and pumping out pollution.

    Please resolve this as a matter of urgency.

    Posted anonymously at 17:14, Tuesday 8 January 2019

  • Whats frustrating is that with better planning the amount of time could be reduced. Thames water doing work now but the other work (electricity, gas, highways) won't start until they are finished. looking at the site there is definitely room for more than one contractor to be working.

    Even more frustrating is that when I drove past at 1545 they were packed up ready to go home.

    Posted anonymously at 20:54, Tuesday 8 January 2019

  • Someone was on the lights at around 7:!5 this morning, clearly switching them between, and I'm sure it's marginally better, but he still managed to have 1 car waiting Southbound and entire queue back into Wantage northbound.

    Is this really the best we can do?

    Posted anonymously at 09:04, Wednesday 9 January 2019

  • This report is not the responsibility of Oxfordshire County Council and will be passed to the relevant organisation.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 10:47, Wednesday 9 January 2019

  • Please man these lights during rush hour (more cars through in the morning towards hanney...more cars through in the evening towards grove) Hardly rocket science.. it's a joke.

    Posted anonymously at 15:39, Wednesday 9 January 2019

  • I don't think he is Manning the lights more sitting next to them playing on his phone. It's a joke. No cars one side 2 mile queue the other.

    Posted anonymously at 19:57, Wednesday 9 January 2019

  • Oxfordshire County Council closed this issue claiming it is not their responsibility. I dispute this. They signed off on these roadworks and gave permission for them to last however long. They should be aware of how much disruption they are causing.

    State changed to: Open

    Posted anonymously at 22:39, Thursday 10 January 2019

  • Significant queues with three cars waiting in the opposite (Hanney) direction this morning. The people working the lights were looking at their phones, not the traffic. Extremely frustrating.

    Posted anonymously at 18:39, Friday 11 January 2019

  • The lights are now back and set up 3 way. Tonight between 6.30 and 7.20 it took my partner 50 minutes to get through the lights. Cars queuing back to Hanney, no cars coming out of Williams and half a dozen cars travelling from Grove to Hanney direction. Causing such a disruption to people’s lives because someone doesn’t have the intelligence to think that these lights don’t need to be on green for same amount of time for the 3 entrances to the road - partner being late and not seeing his children before they go to sleep and I’m having to adjust my working hours so I can ensure I pick my children up on time.

    Posted anonymously at 20:02, Monday 21 January 2019

  • I was in the same queue from Hanney tonight, despite not getting the to Hanney until 6:25pm (outside the traditional rush hour), it took over 45 minutes to get the rest of the way. And no, practically nothing queued coming the other two ways.

    Why do we have to be guinea pigs? Why do they have to cause such jams before something is done? And moreover why do the council feel its nothing to do with them? Disgusting all round!

    Posted anonymously at 21:18, Monday 21 January 2019

  • I passed through at 4.55pm this afternoon and although I did not have to wait too long, I was frustrated by the fact that there was no work force present and absolutely no need for the barriers sectioning off part of the road because no work had been started.

    Posted anonymously at 21:20, Monday 21 January 2019

  • Another commuter here sat in the trafgic lights for 45 minutes from Hanney from 6.10 - 6.55. No work had been done so yo have three way lights for an empty works area wad extremely frustrating. Please return to 2 way traffic and manning the lights at peak time.

    Posted anonymously at 22:04, Monday 21 January 2019

  • I was travelling towards Oxford this morning and it has taken nearly 30 minutes. The queue in the mirror went as far as I could see and when we finally passed the queue going to wards Wantage back nearly up to Hanney. Sort it out

    Posted anonymously at 07:37, Tuesday 22 January 2019

  • Long delays even at 5:00 am this morning due to traffic lights not sequencing correctly to manage traffic flow.

    Posted anonymously at 10:35, Tuesday 22 January 2019

  • Needs to be manually controlled from 7:00. This is blocking an OCC school bus, 60 kids 20 minutes late to school as a result.

    Posted anonymously at 19:21, Tuesday 22 January 2019

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 17:01, Tuesday 5 February 2019

  • Can someone please ask the designated person who’s supposed to be manning the lights to actually do his job, rather than sitting in his car on his phone. I was 20 minutes late for work this morning and I was half an hour late collecting my daughter from Pre-school tonight as the traffic coming into Wantage was queuing as far back as the main road from Frilford.

    Posted anonymously at 18:57, Tuesday 26 February 2019

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 17:01, Wednesday 6 March 2019

  • The roadworks are overrunning by a month and are currently due to complete by the end of April. The whole saga has been one long exercise in frustration. Oxfordshire County Council have washed their hands of responsibility but local elections are coming up in May and I hope locals make their displeasure known at the ballot box.

    Posted anonymously at 17:38, Wednesday 3 April 2019
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • Cars queuing back to Wantage and the lights have only let 10 cars through and then switch back to let cars through from oxford direction when there are only 10 cars queuing on that side!

    Posted anonymously at 07:52, Wednesday 10 April 2019

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