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Road breaking up due to water logging, Oxford Rd, Abingdon

Reported via desktop by Martin Buckland at 14:26, Thursday 25 May 2023

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council and Vale of White Horse District Council 1 minute later

For the last five years water has been welling up through the Oxford Road near the southbound South Avenue bus stop. It used to come up through the manhole cover to the north (BT?) but when that was re-bedded it only comes up though the road. It is loosely synchronous with rainfall. It may be coming through BT ducts. It has become worse in the last few months and the road surface is breaking up. Pedestrians are also at risk of being splashed as can be seen in the photos.

Council ref: ENQ23963166

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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 14:27, Thursday 25 May 2023

  • Is there an update on this? The road condition continues to deteriorate and it would be nice for it to be fixed this year, before we reach winter and freezing conditions.

    Posted anonymously at 07:58, Tuesday 4 July 2023

  • This was first reported nearly four months ago (on the Oxford Rd, opposite 127) and it appears that no action has been taken. Indeed, the situation seems to have worsened. It is only a couple of metres from a bus stop which is used every few minutes with the stopped buses undoubtedly adding extra weight to the breaking up road surface. If the flooding is not dealt with before the start of winter, not only will the resulting ice sheet be a severe hazard for road users as well as pedestrians, it could well lead to the shattering of the road surface of the main arterial road into Abingdon from Oxford.

    Posted anonymously at 11:25, Sunday 27 August 2023

  • I should have added to my update on this yesterday that the road surface is permanently wet (now to the point of splashing pedestrians) - even when both carriageway and pavement nearby is bone dry. I strongly suspect that there is a leaking pipe below the surface causing the dip and surface cracking. This is not the first time there has been a problem at this location.

    Posted anonymously at 12:02, Monday 28 August 2023

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