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Summary

  1. Pregnant women are facing journeys of more than 90 minutes from Banbury to Oxford to give birth, according to Victoria Prentis MP
  2. £1m to be spent on regenerating Berinsfield
  3. Cost of inactivity in Oxfordshire estimated to be £14.5m a year
  4. Oxford United's manager says he won't be picking a weakened side against Bury tomorrow ahead of Sunday's EFL Trophy final

Live Reporting

By Marcus Liddell and Anna Browning

All times stated are UK

That's all for today

Joe Nimmo

BBC South

Thanks for reading today, we'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel from across the county from 08:00 tomorrow.

BBC Oxford takes a look at the new pound coin

Banbury North signal box demolished despite bid to save it

A century-old signal box has been demolished despite a campaign by railway enthusiasts to save it.

The Oxfordshire box, dating from 1901, was reduced to rubble overnight as campaigners watched from a bridge.

One protester said former signalmen would be "turning in their graves", while another described the flattened Banbury North box as a "crime scene".

Network Rail said it was replacing more than 800 remaining signal boxes with 12 Regional Operating Centres (ROCs).

Travel update: Slow traffic in Henley-on-Thames

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

In Henley-on-Thames drivers should expect delays of about 25 minutes through temporary traffic lights on Bridge Street from White Hill and to the A321. It's also very slow on Wargrave Road.

Thames Valley Police launches app

Thames Valley Police has today launched its first-ever mobile app to the public.

A phone
TVP

The Thames Valley Alert app, which is available now for free on Android and iPhone, delivers the latest local policing news to mobile devices and instantly notifies users when a message is sent.

Oxford explosion: Six residents still without permanent homes

Housing association A2Dominion has said six people have not yet been permanently rehomed after an explosion which destroyed a block of flats and killed a man in Gibbs Crescent, Oxford.

The site
Stan Mackrell

 Housing director Dawn Wightman said: “All residents who have been unable to return to their homes have been offered permanent alternative homes.

"Whilst some residents have accepted a new home, there are six residents who have not felt able to accept the properties offered to them.

“We are continuing to work with these residents and Oxford City Council to find a suitable home for them."

GPs practices merge

Kennington Health Centre
Google

Kennington Practice is merging with Botley Practice on 1 April 2017.

It will remain as a branch surgery of Botley

An update from the practice said doctors, nurses, and staff from both teams are working together to ensure things run smoothly.

Pilot will see inpatient beds go

All inpatient beds at Thame Community Hospital are to temporarily go as part of a health pilot.

New community hubs are being launched at Thame and Marlow community hospitals next month as part of plans to provide more care closer to home.

The space previously occupied by the beds will be used to provide Frailty Assessment Clinics at the hospitals.

Thame Community Hospital currently has eight inpatient beds.

Thame Community Hospital
Google
Thame Community Hospital

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust says the new service will benefit more than 350 patients , and is part of their plans to invest £1m to expand community services.

Cost of inactivity

Money
Getty Images

Inactivity costs Oxfordshire around £14.5m each year, according to The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

It says the county is one of the most active areas in England - but despite this, around 22% of people in Oxfordshire are still classified as physically inactive.

Where has the sunshine gone?

It's supposed to be a sunny afternoon once the cloud clears...not much sign of it yet.

Summertown, Oxford
BBC

No rests before Wembley

Michael Appleton
Rex Features
Michael Appleton

Oxford United manager Michael Appleton says he will not be fielding a weakened side against Bury tomorrow.

The Us are preparing to face Coventry in the EFL Trophy final at Wembley on Sunday, but first they play Bury at the Kassam Stadium in League 2.

I think we've got to be professional and have got to try win the game as best as we possibly can...we'll pick as strong a side as we possibly can on Tuesday.

Michael AppletonOxford United manager

Helicopter crash investigated

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has confirmed it is investigating a helicopter crash in south Oxfordshire. 

The aircraft came down on the banks of the River Thames near Mapledurham on Friday. 

Neither the pilot or passenger were injured. 

Crashed helicopter near Mapledurham
Luke Howroyd

Eyewitness Luke Howroyd - who took this photo - said he saw it spin out of control and land with a thud.  

Keep on walking!

BBC Radio Oxford

People walking
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BBC Radio Oxford's 'Move It' campaign is now in its third week!

It's about finding ways of becoming active which don't necessarily involve joining gyms and extreme exercise regimes.

David Prever's Breakfast Club is trying to log 10 million steps.

People have been using apps, or pedometers, to count their steps before texing them in to add to the grand total - which now stands at 5,075,350 

By-election for Barton and Sandhills

A by-election has been announced by Oxford City Council following the death of Labour councillor Van Coulter.

He represented the ward of Barton and Sandhills.

It will be held on 4 May 2017, the same day as the Oxfordshire County Council elections.

If you have a great image of Oxfordshire send it to us by email to oxfordshire@bbc.co.uk, or post it on Twitter @bbcoxford or BBC Oxford on Facebook.

Funding boost for Berinsfield

£1m is to be spent on plans to regenerate Berinsfield. 

The government money will help pay for design work which will support a planning application. 

It is part of the Berinsfield Community Investment Scheme , which aims to balance the need for new homes with demand for improved facilities in the village.

This funding is a major boost for the regeneration project and for everyone's ambitions for the area. We've been working very positively with the local community to help ensure we can meet the needs for existing and future residents.

John Cotton Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council

Sunny spells and light winds

Holly Green with today's weather forecast

MPs survey highlights hospital travel times

Some pregnant women in north Oxfordshire have to travel for more than 90 minutes to give birth according to an MP. 

It's after Conservative MP for Banbury, Victoria Prentis, asked people to send her their travel times. 

She said journeys from the Banbury area to Oxford's hospital take around one hour and 40 minutes, on average. 

Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group said the results will be "considered alongside other feedback".

Victoria Prentis MP said "Oxford hospitals are not easily accessible for the people of North Oxfordshire."

Good morning

Welcome to Oxfordshire Live on Monday 27 March.

If the thought of returning to your desk is filling you will existential dread, it's at least expected to be another warm, sunny, spring day.

And if you want to know what's going on across the county, we'll be here until 18:00 BST with latest.

Vapour trails in the sky over Oxfordshire
Tim Turan

Thank you to Tim Turan who sent us this photo of vapour trails in the sky over Oxfordshire yesterday.