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.
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.
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.
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