Update on floods and weather predictions for the 8th Experimental Archaeology Conference

Friday 10:00 Update

As those attendees who are resident in the UK will know, areas of the UK are currently experiencing heavy rain, winds and occasional storms. As a result of the rain some areas of Oxford and the surrounding county of Oxfordshire have been subject to, or may become subject to, flooding.

At the current time flooding is not expected to have any affect on the conference.

Flooding is continuing to affect transport links in the Oxford area. Please leave extra time for your journeys.

At the current time First Great Western (the train company operating Oxford and associated lines) say that there are no cross-country trains to Oxford (from Reading) and no direct trains from London Paddington. However there are trains from London Paddington to Didcot Parkway, and from London Marylebone to Banbury, where you can get connecting trains or shuttle services to Oxford. If you are taking a train to Oxford for the conference, please check both the National Rail website and First Great Western‘s website.

Roads continue to suffer from flooding and closure. Please check the Oxfordshire County Council web page for a full list of road closures.

More useful links are available below.

The weather forecast continues to look dry and cold.

 

Thursday 12:00: Update

Please check the links below for more up to date news, as well as our twitter feed.

Flooding is continuing to affect transport links in the Oxford area. Please leave extra time for your journeys.

At the current time First Great Western (the train company operating Oxford and associated lines) say that there are no cross-country trains to Oxford (from Reading) and no direct trains from London Paddington. However there are trains from London Paddington to Didcot Parkway, and from London Marylebone to Banbury, where you can get connecting trains or shuttle services to Oxford. If you are taking a train to Oxford for the conference, please check both the National Rail website and First Great Western‘s website.

Roads continue to suffer from flooding and closure. Please check the Oxfordshire County Council web page for a full list of road closures.

More useful links are available below.

The weather forecast continues to look dry and cold.

Wednesday 17:00

At the current time flooding is not expected to have any affect on the conference: very little of Oxford University was built on any area prone to flooding. Information on flooding in Oxford is available from the City Council webpage. We recommend you check their website for up to date information.

At the current time the rain and flooding is likely to cause some small delays to attendees travelling by train or car. At the current time Oxford is still easy to access, but we provide the following information to make your journey as easy as possible:

For those travelling by train, there are currently delays to services cross-country (via Reading/Doncaster) and from London. We advise that you leave earlier and allow extra time for journeys. Please check the National Rail website for up to date information on UK train journeys, as well as the website of First Great Western, who run Oxford Station and many of the trains stopping there.

For those travelling by car, there are currently a number of closed roads in and around Oxford. You can find out which roads are closed on the Oxford County Council website. At the current time the organisers inform us that the south (Abingdon Road) and west (Botley Road) roads are currently closed and may still be closed tomorrow and Friday. Also, parking spaces are rare and very expensive in the city (£3/hour) and we recommend that you use the park and rides, preferably the ones in the North (Water Eaton and Peartree) and the one in the East (Thornhill).

At the current time we do not believe that attendees will suffer problems reaching Oxford, but we do believe some delays will occur and advise everyone to leave a little earlier and allow a little longer for your journeys.

The current weather forecast for Oxford is largely dry and cold, so we hope that any problems with flooding or heavy rain will ease off over the weekend. We will endeavour to keep you all up to date with news as we receive it.

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