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Major traffic congestion

Reported in the Traffic Lights (temporary only) category anonymously at 09:33, Tuesday 22 January 2019

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council 2 minutes later

Temporary traffic lights causing tailbacks on the A34 as far as Newbury. Added 45 minutes to a 25 minute commute for me, worse for others.

Traffic was bad last night also, but only added 10 minutes getting out of Harwell site.

Could the works be changed to run during off-peak hours?

Council ref: ENQ19824163

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  • State changed to: Investigating

    Updated by Oxfordshire County Council at 09:35, Tuesday 22 January 2019

  • I agree with this post - the tailbacks on the A34 as a result of these works were all the way to junction 13 of the M4. What are you doing to alleviate this problem for tomorrow morning? Surely as part of your planning process you assess the knock on effect it will have on the surrounding roads? The cost of the delays on businesses affected by this traffic must be astronomical - and it is something that could have been lessened by better planning. How about night time working as this is not near a residential area? Could the cones/barriers be put out after the rush hour and removed again later in the day for the evening rush hour? Not very impressive planning OCC.

    Posted anonymously at 10:35, Tuesday 22 January 2019

  • Huge delays getting out of Harwell Campus until past 6pm last night and all routes blocked with major delays this morning. A34 was backed up to the north side of newbury and surrounding routes all queuing. To make matters worse alternative route approaching Harwell campus from Harwell village direction also has road works so traffic is delayed in every direction with no suitable alternative. Normal 25 minute commute took 1 hour 10 today. It appears that the work is all happening on the pavement as opposed to the road itself. What are they doing? Can this be done out side of rush hour to avoid causing this impact to so many people?

    Posted anonymously at 11:07, Tuesday 22 January 2019

  • Took me an additional hour and a half to get to work today on the A34, due to tailbacks from these temporary lights. Last night it took me an hour to get out of the Harwell Campus, as we are at the building towards the back of the campus and could not even pull out onto Fermi Avenue. My usual commute is 35 minutes, these lights are more than doubling it.

    Posted anonymously at 11:15, Tuesday 22 January 2019

  • This is going to cause a serious accident if not solved asap

    Posted anonymously at 11:57, Tuesday 22 January 2019

  • I tried to leave work from Harwell campus at 5pm last night. By 5.30 having only moved 2 car lengths I gave up and went back to my office. I kept looking out the window and it started to improve just after 6pm so I tried leaving. It took me 1.5hrs to get home. Not impressed! My colleague lives in Didcot. It took her 1.5hrs to get home last night too from Harwell campus. There is only one way out of site for us at Ferme avenue and some roads on site have more right of way than others so anyone trying to get out of RAL site were stuck for a long time. I saw a lot of parents who must have abandoned their cars on site to walk across the road to collect children from the nursery and then walked them back onto site to wait until a long time until there was some movement. The queue from northbound A34 onto Chilton slip road is also not acceptable. It is only a matter of time for an accident. Clearly a lack of planning and lack of knowledge of Harwell campus which has thousands of people work there and many visitors everyday which will leave them with a very negative impression. Harwell site needs clear access from 7.30 to 10am and from 4 to 6.30pm to avoid a repeat of the huge queues and long delays. The rest of the day we need access but it is not as busy. Planning roadworks either side of site was ill planned and it would be sensible to clear the road for peak times if this work is only taking place on pavements. Or if barriers cannot be moved a change of phasing lights so in mornings people coming off A34 have priority for safety reasons and people going from either direction into Harwell campus have priority and in evening peak times leaving Harwell site has priority.

    Posted anonymously at 18:28, Tuesday 22 January 2019

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    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 13:20, Tuesday 18 June 2019

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