Monthly Archives: July 2014

The petition against the closure of the A417 (with over 1000 signatures) was presented to Oxfordshire County Council at a packed public meeting on 22nd July.  A very constructive discussion followed. In particular, some important new details came to light: – a second road bridge at Challow would cost £1.4m more than the closure solution, for which Network Rail does not have funding sanctioned by its regulator.  To challenge this we need… Read More

Network Rail has released its formal application for closure of the A417. The NR proposal raises a number of important questions: 1. The closure is scheduled for 6th September for ‘approximately 4 months’. The lack of certainty is ominous – how confident are Network Rail that they can complete the works within the four months (which already seems excessive)? 2. The diversion plans show (as expected) that the main diversion will be… Read More