• Our comments on the Local Transport Plan

    Our full response to LTCP5

    23 March 2022

    Although we welcome and support the County's aspirations of encouraging cycling and walking in achieving a zero-carbon transport system, and reducing motor traffic and car dependency we are not convinced that the Plan explains how this will be done, nor how progress towards these objectives will be monitored. We are particularly disappointed that safety barely features as a topic in the Plan.

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  • Woodstock Road consultation response

    4 December 2021

    We broadly endorse the proposals to prioritise pedestrian and cycle traffic in line with central and local government policy. However, it is unfortunate that implementation seems to be intended in isolation of other measures, including those aimed at reducing car numbers to safeguard traffic flow.

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  • Broad Street pedestrianisation survey

    Your responses will go into our report to the Council

    27 July 2021

    Broad Street must surely be one of the most beautiful spaces in the city with its handsome and dignified architecture, its wonderful vistas and the central role it plays in the ceremonial life of the University. But it is not being used to its full potential.  Without traffic and parking the street could provide a…

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  • New rail station at Begbroke?

    OCS supports the proposal for a new station serving Begbroke/Kidlington

    2 April 2021

    Building a new station to serve Begbroke and Kidlington is an excellent step forward. It would provide an attractive train service to Oxford and beyond for the people of Kidlington as well as those living in the planned new developments, and link them with other research and innovation campuses.

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  • Traffic-free Oxford

    An Oxford Civic Society Lockdown video

    2 November 2020

    The lockdown during the spring and summer of 2020 gave Oxford the opportunity of seeing what the City could be like with far less traffic clogging the streets. This video shows ‘Lockdown Oxford’, with comments and thoughts from Oxford Civic Society’s Chairman. YouTube link:

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  • OCS welcomes Government support for cycling and walking

    "Gear Change" sets out government objectives

    7 August 2020

    The Government's paper "Gear Change" aims to empowering local authorities to improve streets to encourage and protect cyclists and pedestrians. We welcome this as a major step towards achieving liveable cities, addressing the climate change emergency and, through active travel, healthier lives.

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  • Initial thoughts on Banbury & Woodstock Roads

    OCS Transport Group pre-consultation submission

    6 August 2020

    Earlier this year Oxfordshire County Council invited ‘stakeholder’ organisations to give their comments on outline proposals to reconfigure the Woodstock and Banbury Roads. This was intended to collect thoughts and suggestions before the County publishes information for a full public consultation. OCS’s Transport Group submitted a paper suggesting some ideas for the scope, principles etc….

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  • Experimental Bus Gates

    Bus gates in Worcester Street and South Parks Road

    15 July 2020

    Making significant changes to traffic flow means there will be winners and losers. For the proposed bus-gates to be given a chance to prove themselves, a strong public information campaign is needed which clearly explains their purpose, potential benefits, operational characteristics and the way in which these might change as the impact of the bus gates is monitored.

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  • Transport Strategy – Civic Society Response

    The County’s topic-based approach to the transport plan ignores the big picture

    20 May 2020

    Oxford Civic Society welcomes the County Council’s survey on transport and connectivity but regrets the topic approach lacks an overall strategy.

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  • Blue Plaque for Redbridge P&R

    Commemorating OCS's initiative leading to the first P&R scheme

    2 November 2019

    A Blue Plaque commemorating the launch of Oxford’s Park & Ride scheme in 1973 was unveiled at Redbridge on Friday 1st November. For many decades up to the 1960s Oxford planned to solve its traffic congestion problems by building new roads. As scheme after scheme was hatched and eventually rejected, Oxford reacted to changes in the national mood by starting to think about ways to restrict car use in the city centre. The Balanced Transport Policy was born.

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