Oxford

Bridge route 'will ease congestion at Milton Park'

A new traffic system will be put in place at an Oxfordshire business centre to help ease congestion after road works were delayed.

Work is currently being carried out to replace the Potash railway bridge at Milton Park in Didcot.

Council engineers are to install a tidal-flow system to allow traffic to exit the business park via the bridge during the evenings.

The system could be in place by the end of February.

The new bridge is being installed over the railway between the A34 and Milton Park as the original was not strong enough.

However, after harsh winter weather delayed work and further repair work was uncovered, the project is not expected to be finished until July.

'Prolonged impact'

Ian Hudspeth, of Oxfordshire County Council, said he understood the ongoing frustration for local businesses.

"Now that the work is going to take longer than planned, with an unfairly prolonged impact on businesses, we recognise the need to review the traffic management arrangements accordingly.

"The solution we are putting forward should also help reduce traffic through nearby villages."

A Network Rail spokesperson said improvements being carried out would secure the future of the transport link.

"We apologise wholeheartedly for the disruption this delay will cause to people's journeys and we're working hard to ensure the work is completed as quickly as possibly," he added.

The road has been closed since October 2010, causing considerable delays to people working in the business park.

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