Marston Cycle Path flooding information

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You may also find the current flag status of the river useful. This page tracks the level of the Isis at Friar's Wharf; Geraint Jones informs me that 15" to 20" above normal there seems to be a good match for a flooded path.

The Environment Agency has an automated level meter at the Southern end of Mesopotamia with two readings available: upstream and downstream. Once calibrated against the flooding of the path these should provide a useful warning mechanism.

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Saturday 16 September 2023 11:28 : Jane ( said:
Large screw/bolt in roadway in Jack Straw's Lane had been removed by 6 pm on 15 Sept - possibly much sooner. No notice of the removal was posted on FixMyStreet, though Oxfordshire County Council posted at 00:35 that day 'Thank you for your enquiry. This issue has been passed on to the relevant team for investigation'. Many thanks to whoever removed it!

Friday 15 September 2023 12:09 : Jane () said:
CORRECTION TO LINK in previous post - FixMyStreet link for Jack Straw's Lane problem is

Friday 15 September 2023 12:07 : Jane () said:
For those who use Jack Straw's Lane together with the cycle path - see FixMyStreet link below. City Council and County Council aware and investigating. Large screw/bolt still there at 12 noon, Friday, 15 Sept. \n \n

Friday 1 September 2023 13:53 : Louise Upton ( said:
The diversion needs to be marshalled - so we need 5 volunteers for each 1 hour slot. f you've got a couple of hours spare during school run time and don't mind slinging on a hi viz vest and standing in University Parks to marshal the route you can sign up here: \nI've heard there might be biscuits :-)

Friday 1 September 2023 12:46 : Sebastian () said:
Some access available through Uni Parks from Tuesday. \n \n \n \nNote this restriction: \nThe local diversion will be made available to dismounted cyclists during school commuting hours 7am - 9am and 3pm - 5pm, Mondays to Fridays. This route will be in place from Tuesday 5 September when schools return.

Wednesday 30 August 2023 12:50 : KS () said:
Workmen are currently flaying/strimming the vegetation on the Marston end of the path (before the woodland diversion to Mesopotamia). When I walked through, the path was covered in sharp branches shards. Possibly risky for punctures if pushing a bike or pram. (although reminder that Mesopotamia Walk is part of University Parks and as such "No cycle or cycling")

Wednesday 23 August 2023 12:54 : Mark Murfett ( said:
I walked through on Monday morning, late afternoon and this morning and didn't spot a security guard. I'm hoping cyclists are getting the message as I didn't see any this morning!

Monday 21 August 2023 08:44 : CB ( said:
Hi, They have put a guard on the first bridge of the mesopotamia walk, and he does not allow people walking with bikes.

Monday 14 August 2023 12:59 : KS () said:
Note for pedestrians: the shortest pedestrian diversion that connects to Mesopotamia Walk is already quite muddy, so wear appropriate footwear. \nThere are also a number of cyclists ignoring the signs, including electric Deliveroo bikes, so the narrow parts of the diversion may be dangerous with children.

Monday 14 August 2023 10:20 : PRC () said:
Some cycle racks at each end might be slightly useful.

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An A-road walks into a bar and asks for a pint. The barman serves him, but he looks really tough and the barman worries that there'll be trouble.

Then a dual carriage way walks in and buys a pint. The barman again notes that he looks tough and says, ‘Look, I don't want any trouble, so could you sit in that corner away from the A-road?’ So the dual carriage way does.

Soon afterwards, in walks a motorway and gets a pint, who looks extremely tough, so the barman makes him sit in another corner away from the other two roads.

A bit later, a really small road walks in and buys a diet coke. The A-road, dual carriage way and motorway all look at him aghast and run out of the pub. The barman grabs the motorway on the way past and asks, ‘Why are you running out? He's a really tiny road.’

The motorway replies, ‘He's no road, he's a cycle path!’

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