A34/M4 Junction 13 (Chieveley) – Weekend Closures/Restrictions

A34/M4 Junction 13 (Chieveley) – Weekend Closures/Restrictions

As part of the ongoing works to refurbish the bridges at Chieveley and Welford, the bridge beams need to be demolished and replaced. Due to the specialist working methods and equipment required, including large cranes which will need to sit across all three lanes of the motorway, sections of the roundabout need to be closed over full weekend periods.

To keep to number of closures and overall disruption to a minimum, work will take place on both bridges simultaneously on these weekends. The scheduled weekends are as follows*:

Friday 8th to Monday 11th May

Friday 29th May to Monday 1st June

Friday 5th to Monday 8th June

Friday 12th to Monday 15th June

Friday 19th to Monday 22nd June

Friday 10th to Monday 13th July Friday 17th to Monday 20th July

Friday 31st July to Monday 3rd August Friday 7th to Monday 10 August

Movement at the junction will be restricted as follows:

 Full weekend (9pm Friday through to 5.30am Monday)

– the gyratory sections directly below the M4 bridges and the A34 north and southbound approaches to the junction will be closed

– Traffic will only be able to travel from the M4 westbound to the A34 southbound and from the M4 eastbound to the A34 northbound

– Traffic will not be able to travel M4 westbound to A34 northbound, M4 eastbound to A34 southbound, A34 northbound to M4 east and westbound, and A34 southbound to M4 east and westbound

 Weekend nights (9pm to 5.30am)

– the M4 east and westbound carriageways, between the slip roads, will only be closed overnight. The M4 will remain open during day-time hours (5.30am to 9pm).

Significant delays are expected during these weekend closure periods, and it is advised that you plan ahead of your journey to allow for extra time or avoid this route where possible.

The gyratory beneath the bridges must be closed due to the high risk of debris falling onto the carriageway below and the need to saw-cut/break-out sections of the deck in advance of lifting operations. There is also a risk of the beams rotating in high winds whilst being lowered by the crane.


Clearly signed diversion routes will be in place, primarily using the A4 between junctions 12 and 14. During overnight closures of the M4 east and westbound carriageways (between the slip roads) traffic will be diverted off and back on via the slip roads.

Access to the Moto Chieveley Service Area will be available during the closures using signed diversions.

The diversion routes have been approved by the local highway authority and Thames Valley Police and have been selected due to the suitability for all types/sizes of vehicles.

NOTE: There is a weight limit of 7.5t on the local road between Chieveley and Beedon which is unsuitable for heavy goods vehicles. All HGVs must follow the main diversion route.

Should you require any further information, please contact Highways England customer control centre on 0300 123 5000 or email them at info@highwaysengland.co.uk. Alternatively for up-to-date scheme information, traffic management arrangements and road closure dates, please visit the dedicated scheme webpage at www.highways.gov.uk/m4chieveley where you can subscribe to receive automated email alerts.

*Please be aware that these works have been carefully programmed but are subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. All our improvement work is carried out with the aim of causing as little disruption as possible.


Planning Applications Under Consideration

Planning in action

The Parish Council is currently considering the following applications:

P15/V0977/FUL – proposal for two single storey dwellings at Ginge Road Cottages.

The Parish Council response is due by 21st May 2015.

Full Details of planning applications are available on The Vale of White Horse District Council website. Here’s the link to their home page http://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/

Once the council has made it’s response, it will be available to view on the ‘Responses to Planning Applications’ page.

Temporary Emgergency Footpath Closure EXTENDED

 Temporary EMERGENCY Footpath Closure – Between Mill Lane West Hendred and Mill Lane East Hendred


An EXTENSION to this ORDER has been granted with the consent of the Secretary of State for Transport.

 Details of existing Order:

In the interests of public safety it will be necessary for Oxfordshire County Council to close the footpaths (West Hendred FP 6) and East Hendred (East Hendred FP15) over East Hendred Brook bridges.

A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from Monday 24th November 2014

 This order will remain in force until 12 April 2016 or until the works have been completed whichever is the sooner. Should the closure be required for a longer period the consent of the Secretary of State for Transport will be requested.

This order is because of deterioration of East Hendred Brook bridges situated on the route of footpath numbers 199/15/10 and 403/6/20 between Mill Lane, West Hendred and Mill Lane, East Hendred. The bridge replacement and remedial works to the approaches and bank supports will not commence until a possible date later in 2015.

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Mark Sumner (OCC Countryside team) on 01865 810218 or 07960 453 603.

Ordnance Survey Grid reference SU45348896


Via Mill Lane, WEST HENDRED then northeast, east and south on bridleway (West Hendred BOAT 11), east on footpath (East Hendred FP 14), north and northeast on bridleway (East Hendred BOAT 11), Fordy Lane, Cat Street EAST HENDRED and vice versa.






Temporary Road Closures from 26th January for two months

Under Temporary Traffic Regulation Order – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 the following temporary road closures have been scheduled at:

 1) West Hagbourne, Chilton and Upton – Hagbourne Hill and Chilton Road

Chilton Road, Upton between its junctions with the A417 and unnamed road (Hagbourne Hill) link between Chilton and the A417; and The unnamed road (Hagbourne Hill) link between Chilton and the A417 between its junctions with the A417 and the A4185 Newbury Road/ Lower Road/A34 slip-road. The diversion is via the A4185 Newbury Road, Rowstock, A417 Reading Road/London Road and vice versa.

2) Steventon and East Hendred – Featherbed Lane

Featherbed Lane between its junctions with the A417 Reading Road (east of Rowstock) and the A4130 Abingdon Road with diversion via the A417, A4130 Abingdon Road and vice versa.

In the interests of public safety it will be necessary for Oxfordshire County Council to close the above detailed roads to facilitate carriageway maintenance, resurfacing and drainage works.

Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders (TTRO) are being made to implement these temporary closures and both will operate from Monday 26th January 2015 for approximately two months.

The maximum duration of a TTRO on a road is 18 months, or until completion of the works, whichever is the earlier.

Notice of intention to make the Orders will be published in the local press.

Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and also overnight access for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works.  Please note that access routes will depend on exactly where the works vehicles are at any time and may need to be negotiated with the gang on site as necessary.

Copies of the drawings showing the extent of the closure and also the alternative routes for traffic for both sets of works can be found here:

T2565 Featherbed Lane

T2566 Hagbourne Hill

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Matthew Gardner, OCC Highways & Transport on 0845 310 11 11.

Entry to Primary or Infant School – September 2015

If your child was born on or between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011, you need to apply for a primary school place now.

Your must still apply even if your child already attends a nursery attached to the school.

The closing date for applications is 15 January 2015.

Apply online at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/admissions

For help and information you can also email admissions.schools@Oxfordshire.gov.uk

or telephone 01865 815175


Help needed with Hedgehog research

Ecologists based at the University of Reading are currently conducting a project examining the possible impact of road networks on hedgehog populations. It is estimated that hedgehog populations in some parts of the UK have declined by approximately 20% in the last 20 years, and one possible factor contributing to this decline is the fragmentation effect of major roads on hedgehog populations i.e. hedgehogs avoid crossing these major roads, leading to populations becoming more and more isolated from one another, which potentially makes them more vulnerable to other factors.   This study is looking to obtain genetic samples from hedgehogs in a zone approximately 10 miles north and south of the M4 between Bristol and Reading. One source of these genetic samples is the bodies of hedgehogs that have been killed on the roads. As many hedgehogs now seem to be living in and around villages, the help of people living in the study zone  is needed, getting them to report any sightings they have of dead hedgehogs so that the remains can be collected and a small tissue sample taken for analysis.

The ecologists are also looking for people who have hedgehogs visiting their gardens and who would be willing to help by e.g. putting out food for a few nights.  The hedgehogs will then tend to poo nearby and it can be collected for study.

If you would like any more information or are able to help with this study please contact Ben Williams on b.williams@pgr.reading.ac.uk

Thank You

Mr Ben Williams and Dr Phil Baker

Tour of Britain

People in southern Oxfordshire will get a rare chance to see some of the world’s best cyclists, including Sir Bradley Wiggins, on their doorstep when the Friends Life Tour of Britain passes through the area this Friday.

At lunchtime on Friday 12 September, Stage Six of the tour will enter southern Oxfordshire at lunchtime via Chain Hill, skirting Wantage at around 1pm then on via the A417 passing West Hendred, Harwell, and Blewbury (mid-stage sprint). 

Riders will continue along the A329 past the edge of Cholsey up to Crowmarsh Gifford, then via the A4130 to Nettlebed before moving on to the B481, via Christmas Common up to Chinnor (category 2 climb), and leaving Oxfordshire shortly after 2pm.

For more information, including the full map and exact timings please see stage six on Tour of Britain’s website www.tourofbritain.co.uk

For further links please see www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/tob2014 or www.southoxon.gov.uk/tob2014.

Closure of A417 at Challow Station for 3 months

Temporary Road Traffic Order – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

T2352 temporary road closure – A417 Challow (Rail Bridge) Starting Saturday 6th September for 3 months

Network Rail are carrying out an electrification project which will require the replacement of the above rail bridge.  The works will therefore require a closure of the road across the bridge (to all traffic) for a period of 3 months starting Saturday 6th September. Access for pedestrians will be via a temporary footbridge.

A copy of the Temporary Order,  the  location plan showing the closure and the agreed diversion route, and also a list of all the restrictions can be found here:

Temporary Closure Order

T2352 Publicity Plan v2

list of restrictions

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by telephoning Network Rail’s phone line on 08457 114141.

Tour of Britain Cycle event – Friday 12th September 2014 – Notice of road closures

Section 16A of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, Section 31 Road Traffic Act 1988 VALE OF WHITE HORSE AND SOUTH OXFORDSHIRE DISTRICTS(TOUR OF BRITAIN CYCLE RACE)(SPECIAL EVENT)ORDER 2014

Oxfordshire County Council has received a request from Sweetspot Group Ltd to hold the Oxfordshire Stage of the Tour of Britain cycle event 2014 across part of the Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire Districts.  The event is taking place on Friday 12 September and police will operate a rolling road closure throughout to minimise access from adjoining roads and to hold oncoming traffic etc. until the cyclists have safely passed; traffic control will be by Police and marshals between approximately 11am and 3pm.  There will also be No Waiting for vehicles on the roads including for spectators.

Click here for a copy of the legal restriction notice for the event which details the arrangements along the route, together with a publicity map of the cycle route for your information.

KP publicity map

T2354 public notice v2

If you require further information or have any queries please contact Andy Hawes from Sweetspot Group Ltd as follows:

Andy Hawes – Route Director, Sweetspot Group Ltd

Rathbone House, 4a Heath Road

Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 8TB

T:  +44 (0) 8701 128 650

E:  hawesa@thetour.co.uk

W: www.sweetspotgroup.co.uk



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