Monday, 21 June 2021

Commuters happier as Thames Side opens

A ROAD in Henley town centre reopened this morning (Tuesday) following the repair of a collapsed drain

A ROAD in Henley town centre reopened this morning (Tuesday) following the repair of a collapsed drain.

A section of Thames Side, by the Villa Marina restaurant and the Angel on the Bridge pub, was closed off over the weekend and on Monday causing long delays.

The drain collapsed on Thursday and workmen had been trying to rectify the problem.

It was exacerbated with thousands more visitors in town for the Rewind South festival, held at Temple Island Meadows.

Traffic was diverted along Hart Street, through the Greys Road car park and along Reading Road.

Councillor David Nimmo Smith, Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet member for transport, said: "It was brought about by a blockage to drains in Villa Marina, which had to shut when it was identified as a collapse of their branch drainage. I saw the excavated collapsed drain on Saturday.

“I have had emails asking me to shut off the lights on the bridge. This would not help to alleviate the tailback in White Hill, as the pinch point would then be the lights at the centre of town.

“HGVs need the full road width to turn left on to the bridge from Thames Side, and safety does not allow this shutting off to be implemented. Under the emergency powers for utilities, the county council is unable to prevent the works being carried out, although it is unfortunate that the collapse coincided with the Rewind weekend. But at least this time of year is when traffic into Henley is at its lightest.”



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