Network Rail has spent £250,000 removing more than two hundred lorries of rubbish from the railway in Oxford. Between Oxford Parkway and Oxford station, 4,000 tonnes of fly tipped waste were removed from the line. 200 lorry loads were taken from the area in St Peters Road. The mammoth haul included: shopping trolleys, asbestos roofs, bicycles, televisions, gas canisters and a trampoline.
It comes as work continues to link the two stations as part of the new Oxford to London Marylebone route. Network Rail says the railway is often seen as an easy target for litter and fly-tipping by members of the public and clearing up the rubbish costs hundreds of thousands of pounds every year.
Rob Mole, Network Rail programme manager, said: "Fly-tipping is not only illegal it blights the environment and poses a safety threat to the operation of the railway and our staff who maintain it. We have cleaned up the area of track which has been used by mindless fly-tippers and this will make a positive difference for local residents and people using the railway. We will always look to trace those responsible and will take action against them whenever possible. People should dispose of waste materials in the appropriate manner and not use the railway as a dumping ground."
Fly-tipping on the railway carries a fine of up to £1000.
Member of the unite union are to stage a walk-out after Oxfordshire County Council voted to shut all forty four children centres - including in the prime minister’s Witney constituency.
Unite, says cutting £8 million from its children services budget for 2016/17 – a 50 per cent funding cut - will hit families and young people hard. The union’s members voted by 83 per cent in favour of strike action and will strike for 24 hours from midnight on 15 February to midnight on 16 February.
A specialist team of divers and Environment Agency officers have finally managed to raise a narrowboat that capsized in the Thames after breaking free from its mooring in Oxford. The 'One Old Peculier' floated down the River before crashing into Osney Bridge below Botley Road on Monday. She's been there ever since despite numerous attempts to raise her. However the Environment Agency used a crane to winch the boat upright.
Oxford is the fittest city in the UK and the number of people taking part in regular exercise is on the increase, two separate studies have found.
A survey of 2,000 adults found that residents in Oxford do more exercise than those who live in other UK cities.
The research found 74 per cent of those asked worked out at least once a week.
Liverpool was named the second fittest city, with 65 per cent exercising once a week, while Manchester came in third, with 63 per cent.
People in Oxford are now taking part in sport at least once a week.
Plans to keep roads in Oxford open during heavy rainfall and flooding are set to be unveiled.
Oxfordshire County Council is aiming to use high volume pumps to clear water during severe weather, and keep the roads open for as long as possible.
Areas most prone to flooding will be specifically targeted.
"This is an interim plan to keep the road infrastructure open as long as physically possible during severe weather. We have developed the plan having learned from flooding in previous years. We will begin by using a high volume pump to keep the Abingdon Road open by pumping the water onto nearby land and into the Thames.
"In Botley Road we have actually inserted two six inch pipes under the road so we can pump the water onto the flood plain and into the river. In Binsey and South Hinksey we will be using pumps to get the water off the roads and back onto the adjoining land. We are doing this in a particular order to ensure we don't cause problems elsewhere in the city and surrounding area.
"All the agencies involved will be working and sharing equipment to keep Oxfordshire PLC open for business, allowing large and small companies to thrive and relocate to Oxford with confidence.
"Significant flooding forecasts have greatly improved and river levels are monitored electronically so this plan will be put into place when flooding is forecast. We can't guarantee that these roads will never flood again as no one knows what mother nature might throw at us but there is now a much greater chance of the roads staying open."
A soup kitchen in Oxford is appealing for more volunteers amid fears council cuts will make it busier than ever.
The community kitchen in Cowley is open twice a day and often feeds up to fifty people. It doesn't get any funding from the council - but is worried drastic changes in frontline services will put it under extra pressure. Kate Bunkall reports.
The interviewee is Icolyn Smith from the Oxford Community Soup Kitchen.
Due to a signal failure between Didcot Parkway and Oxford services through these stations may be subject to disruption on all routes
The mother of an eight year old boy who almost choked to death on a piece of Lego, is warning others of the dangers.Read the full story ›
The mother of an eight year old boy who almost choked to death on a piece of Lego, is warning other parents to be extra vigilant.
Keane Halls from Oxford needed emergency surgery after a small block lodged in his windpipe when he tried to pull two bricks apart with his teeth.
ITV Meridian spoke to Keane's mother Laura.
"At the LEGO Group we put product quality and safety as our highest priority. We naturally deeply regret the very unfortunate and unpleasant experience of both the parents and child in the specific case, and we are happy to hear they are doing fine despite the experience.
"As a company we adhere to the strictest toy safety standards globally and even go beyond legal requirements in our internal quality and safety standards that we apply to our products, to ensure the safety of children when they play with LEGO bricks.
"Despite the very stringent safety measures we take, we do not recommend that children put LEGO bricks in their mouth. On LEGO boxes containing small parts we make aware, that these may pose a potential choking hazard. The text is written alongside the age marking that indicates that these products are not suitable for children aged 0-3. In many sets we also include brick-separators – small tools that enable children to separate most LEGO bricks in a safe manner if they are unable to do it with their hands.
"We are grateful for all the feedback we receive from consumers around the world and we use this to improve both our products as well as product related communication."