Overnight temporary repairs on the Bloxham Road caused major tailbacks during this morning’s rush hour traffic.
A leak, between Browning Road and Lansdown Close in the Easington area of Banbury, had sprung over the weekend with only small barriers being erected around them.
By the evening of yesterday, Tuesday 25, temporary lights had also been erected but were not in use allowing for two way traffic still to flow.
By this morning, however, the road had been reduced to one lane with the traffic signals fully operational, leaving morning commuters in and out of Banbury running late.
Thames Water said in a statement: “We’re sorry for any delays caused by the temporary lights which were needed while we repaired a leaking water main on Tuesday night.
“The lights had to be left in place on Wednesday morning while, the substance used to fill in the hole we dug, properly set.”
No date for when the permanent repair will be carried out has been made.
Oxfordshire County Council who are responsible for the county’s highways said in a statement: “We have requested that Thames Water reinstate the carriageway and remove the temporary lights before this evening peak traffic period.”