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Flooding situation in Oxford

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Flooding situation in Oxford

Hi all

I'm visiting Oxford next week and would like to know if Oxford is suitable for travel at the moment.

The flooding videos in youtube seems terrifying.

I don't know if cancellation of visit is needed

Thanks all for your reply

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1. Re: Flooding situation in Oxford

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Don't cancel.

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2. Re: Flooding situation in Oxford

I've no idea what videos you're looking at.

Oxford is low-lying, and many fields around it are still flooded. There are still warnings about the levels of the river as it goes "through" (it doesn't really) the city. And we really haven't got any idea what those levels are going to be in a week's time.

But nothing you're likely to want to see is affected by any of this. These river levels in Oxford aren't unusual: Oxford is what it is because a thousand years ago communities of scholars rather wanted to live somewhere that got regularly cut off from surrounding places by rising water.

The buildings you'll be looking at have scarcely (actually I think ever, but...) seen any flooding in the 900 years many have been there: there simply is no record of water rising enough to come near them. All the pictures you're likely to have seen are of places half a mile or more away, and substantially lower. Unlike Venice, there is simply no record of waters significantly rising in the historic centre.

And so far this morning, there's a full train schedule to and from London, and trains are (again so far) running to time

BUT...

The real problem for visitors is that trains into Oxford from London are at present running on track that's flooded. That's fine (honest) - but more rain might make that unsafe, which doesn't mean no trains, but fewer and slower ones. So if conditions don't improve (the forecast says they will, but this just isn't a country where weather can really be forecast), trains MAY be disrupted again - and the conditions that disrupt trains also disrupt many roads south of the city.

This doesn't directly affect the fast road from London, but the knock on effect of those road problems slows traffic all over the city at certain times of the day.

Unless the weather deteriorates a lot (unlikely), there's no need to cancel. But don't be surprised if travelling there takes a bit longer than it's supposed to.

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3. Re: Flooding situation in Oxford

I concur with flanneruk's comments. The river levels were dropping last week until the Saturday - but because of rain over the Cotswolds they have slightly increased again - however not to the levels which result in flooding of one of the main roads. See here: environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/… Even at the height of the floods you could still get yourself around the city - it just took a little longer!

In conclusion, therefore, there is certainly no need to cancel your trip.

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4. Re: Flooding situation in Oxford

Agreed as said above. The flooding won't affect the tourist areas, although travel could be more time consuming. If you're coming in to Heathrow you can get here on the Airline bus which runs direct rom Heathrow to Oxford city centre. The roads that are affected by floods are to the south and west of the city, away from the Airline bus route. But at the moment the water levels have dropped and the roads in the city are clear of floods so come and enjoy your trip.

Angie

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