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Connections to Oxford station

Project to improve connections between Oxford station and key development sites

This project consists of improvements to transport connections and enhancements to the road network to promote sustainable access between Oxford station and key development sites, creating more space for the projected increase in people visiting and working in the city centre.

The project will help accommodate the increased pedestrian, cycle and public transport movements between the station and city centre, including major development sites such as Westgate, Oxpens and Osney Mead.

The initial elements of the project, which are due to become operational from 00:01 hours on Monday 23 October 2017 are:;

  • Reduced number of buses passing through Queen Street (approx. 29 per hour rather than 55 prior to the changes). No bus stops will be located on Queen Street. Taxis and private hire vehicles prohibited from Queen Street,
  • The existing cycle access arrangements in Queen Street remains (i.e. cycling is permitted between 6pm - 10am
  • Removal of the taxi rank at Carfax (Queen Street) with a replacement being installed on Cornmarket Street,
  • New / revised bus routes and bus stop allocations around the city centre to facilitate buses serving the Westgate and surrounding areas,
  • Amendments to loading and taxi bays on High Street,
  • New ‘no loading, waiting and stopping’ restrictions (new clearway between the hours of 12pm and 8pm on High Street and St Aldates
  • Prohibition of right turns from George Street to Worcester Street (north).

In addition, the following measures specific to the Westgate redevelopment will also come into operation;

  • New bus stops on Castle Street, Norfolk Street and Speedwell Street,
  • New no loading / no waiting restrictions on Castle Street Norfolk Street, Paradise Street, Abbey Place, Old Greyfriars Street, Speedwell Street (part) and Thames Street (part),
  • New access restrictions with exemptions for local buses and cyclists on Norfolk Street, Abbey Place and Speedwell Street (part) and
  • New access restrictions with exemptions for local buses, cyclists, taxis and private hire plus vehicles for loading on Old Greyfriars Street.
  • Diagram of Westgate area (pdf format, 532Kb)

Further works to major junctions around the city centre are due to take place from January 2018, i.e. after the extended embargo on undertaking works on the city centre roads following the opening of the re-developed Westgate. These will further improve transport and pedestrian links and include;

  • Removal of traffic signals at the junction of Speedwell Street / St Aldates and creating a priority junction c/w new zebra crossings,
  • Removal of traffic signals at the junction of New Road / Worcester Street / Park End Street and creating a priority junction c/w new zebra crossings,
  • Adjustments to the traffic signals at the junction of Worcester Street / George Street / Hythe Bridge Street including improvements to safety for cyclists and prohibition of some vehicular movements (tbc) and
  • Provision of new bus stop layover bay on Old Greyfriars Street.

 The key benefits of the scheme are

  • Improved links for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users to Oxford city centre and the rail station.
  • Improved capacity for buses and passengers (inc. Westgate related growth); reduced delays to buses; improved air quality.
Last reviewed
13 October 2017
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