Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council have published a summary of feedback received on their Connecting Oxford proposals and the next steps that they intend to take to reduce traffic into Oxford and improve bus journeys across the city. A total of 2,932 respondents completed and submitted the online survey about the proposal, with further written feedback was received in emails and letters. Most respondents lived within or immediately surrounding Oxford.
Views on traffic restrictions varied according to mode of travel:
- 75% of those responding whose main mode of travel is car considered the traffic restrictions would make their journeys worse; 5% thought their journey would be ‘better’).
- 25% of those responding whose main mode of travel is not car (or car for only part of their journey) consider that the traffic restrictions would make their journeys worse; 48% thought their journey would be ‘better’).
Overall, more of those responding in a personal capacity thought that the proposed workplace parking levy would make their journey better (36%) than worse (25%).
The key milestones on the proposed project programme are:
- 21st and 22nd January 2020 – county and city councils Cabinets to decide whether and how to proceed developing Connecting Oxford.
- January-October 2020 – develop more detailed proposals and continue discussions with stakeholders.
- Winter 2020/21 – formal consultation on a detailed proposal.
- May/June 2021 – possible Public Inquiry.
- Autumn 2021 – request for Department for Transport approval (as required).
Download more information and next step documents below.