• Response to ‘Connecting Oxford’

    We commend the City and County for their ‘Connecting Oxford’ collaboration.

    23 October 2019

    Oxford Civic Society commends both the public consultation and city-county collaboration. However, it is difficult to make specific comments on the proposals as few details are yet available. We therefore hope that the Councils will move quickly to commission the technical work necessary to enable all parties to make an informed assessment. We look forward to commenting further as details are developed.

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  • Broad Street markets block cycle route

    Should the markets be moved to preserve the E-W cycle route?

    23 November 2018

    Our Transport Group Co-convenor Juliet Blackburn would like to see a bypass cycle lane on one side of the Christmas market in Broad Street. Here she gives her personal reasons why.

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  • Gondola Lifts for Oxford?

    They could be part of a solution to Oxford’s traffic congestion

    8 March 2018

    Gondola lifts can move up to 4000 people per hour. In Mexico City the system is designed to move 29,000 people per day. In Tokyo there are many of them, including the world's busiest which moves some 2 million paying passengers per annum. Some of the cabins can also be adapted for freight.

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  • Bus Loops in the City Centre

    Our response to the Consultants’ proposals

    1 February 2018

    At an event on 9 January 2018 consultants Phil Jones Associates and Integrated Transport Planning presented their ideas for tackling the congestion problems in the city centre. While the ideas are interesting there was little opportunity for an informed debate on the potential effects of the two options presented. We hope this failing can be overcome in the next stage of the process.

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  • Oxford Zero Emission Zone

    Our comments on the City's consultation paper

    27 November 2017

    While we welcome any moves towards improving air quality in the city, we believe more research is needed into the wider effects of the proposals.

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  • Oxford Station Plan Ignores Oxford’s Needs

    We review the latest planning document about Oxford Station.

    26 August 2017

    The Oxford Station SPD (Supplementary Planning Document) ignores the needs of Oxford's central area. The station and surrounding area should be incorporated into a much larger Masterplan that makes the most of the opportunities for commercial investment in development and which would provide transport and housing solutions relating to the whole of the Central Oxford West area, to provide the City with a new quarter that will be vibrant, successful and a fitting gateway to 21st century Oxford

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  • Riverside Cycling Routes

    Oxford Civic Society's response to the County's consultation

    26 August 2017

    Oxfordshire County Council has some money to spend on cycling infrastructure and is proposing to spend some of it on and around the Thames towpath. They published some drawings and a Q&A document, inviting comments from interested parties. Our Transport Group rose to the challenge. They cautiously welcomed the proposals, but pointed out that the…

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  • Experimental Closure of Queen Street

    OCS response to the consultation

    6 July 2017

    Oxfordshire County Council plans to close Queen Street to all motor vehicles, including buses, for an ‘experimental period’ of 18 months. There is a set of other changes to traffic arrangements in the city centre. We have submitted a formal response to the proposals.

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  • A40 Improvements & Eynsham P&R

    Are the proposals good value? We can't tell.

    17 January 2017

    The original consultation on upgrading the A40 didn't give any evidence to support any of the options being considered. Now a preferred option has been chosen the lack of supporting evidence still means we cannot tell what the effect of the scheme will be.

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  • Broad Street / Parks Road Junction

    What happens without the traffic lights?

    9 January 2017

    Having decided it's not worth replacing the traffic lights, Oxfordshire County Council is consulting on a proposed surface treatment' for the junction.

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