A34 Closure A4130 - A4185 Both Directions, Oxfordshire. Monday 19 January 2015

The A34 in Oxford­shire was closed in both direc­tions between the A4130 (Mil­ton) and the A4185 (Did­cot) due to an inci­dent involv­ing a car trans­porter that crossed from the north­bound on to the south­bound car­riage­way and col­lided with sev­eral vehicles.

At around 07:42 Thames Val­ley Police noti­fied the High­ways Agency that there was a seri­ous inci­dent involv­ing a car trans­porter. They requested the road be closed in both direc­tions and advised that due to the seri­ous nature of the inci­dent, the road would be closed for sev­eral hours.  At 07:48 our National Traf­fic Oper­a­tions Cen­tre in Birm­ing­ham was noti­fied of the inci­dent and began set­ting mes­sage signs across the region and fur­ther afield to warn you of the road clo­sure. Our East Regional Con­trol Cen­tre informed our con­trac­tors and requested they attend the inci­dent scene to assist the police with the road clo­sures. Our National Inci­dent Liai­son Offi­cers updated the travel media and began let­ting you know about the inci­dent via our Twit­ter channels.

car transporter on verge

Our National Inci­dent Liai­son Offi­cers joined col­leagues from our Emer­gency Plan­ning depart­ment and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from our con­trac­tors, Thames Val­ley Police and Oxford­shire County Coun­cil on a multi agency tele­con­fer­ence to dis­cuss the tac­ti­cal and strate­gic man­age­ment of this inci­dent.  Dur­ing the tele­con­fer­ence our National Inci­dent Liai­son Offi­cers con­firmed that every com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nel was being utilised to get the mes­sage out to you that the road was closed. They con­firmed the local and national media were report­ing the cor­rect diver­sion routes and that the seri­ous­ness and pro­tracted nature of the inci­dent was being con­veyed. Our ser­vice provider con­firmed their plans for bar­rier repairs and Thames Val­ley Police con­firmed the recov­ery arrange­ments. Oxford­shire County Coun­cil con­firmed they had set their mes­sage signs in the region advis­ing of the clo­sure and delays and that road­works on the south­bound diver­sion route had been cancelled.

A34 recovery

Thames Val­ley Police offi­cers at scene kept our East Regional Con­trol Cen­tre up to date with the inci­dent progress which we then pushed out to the media so that you were always up to date with the lat­est infor­ma­tion. At around 08:20 they con­firmed that lane 1 was run­ning on the north­bound car­riage­way with lane 2 remain­ing closed for safety rea­sons due to the dam­aged cen­tral bar­rier. The south­bound car­riage­way remained closed for the recov­ery and bar­rier repairs. Our con­trac­tors and recov­ery agents worked hard through­out the day and by 16:33 all lanes were open on the north­bound car­riage­way, with the south­bound car­riage­way remain­ing closed for ongo­ing recov­ery and bar­rier repair work. At 17:38 this com­plex and pro­tracted recov­ery oper­a­tion was com­plete and our con­trac­tors had repaired the cen­tral bar­rier. Our national teams then informed the media and our Twit­ter fol­low­ers that the road was open and sup­ported this mes­sage by dis­play­ing “road now open” on mes­sage signs across the region.

A34 barrier repairs



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