Comment: Oxford needs a station that we can all be proud of

Oxford Mail: Comment: Oxford needs a station that we can all be proud of Comment: Oxford needs a station that we can all be proud of

IT looks like 2014 is going to prove an interesting year in the fortunes of Oxford.

We may finally see what concrete plans there will be for the city’s railway station, how it will integrate with a bus terminus and how the ugly, unwelcoming and often traffic gridlocked Frideswide Square will be regenerated.

The commitment to redevelop Oxford’s inadequate railway station is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that must be grasped with both hands.

For a major national and international destination, Oxford is poorly served by the size of the building and the sparse number of platforms which are far from the ideal greeting for such a beautiful city.

With exciting new rail projects such as the electrification of the First Great Western Oxford route to the capital via Didcot, the redevelopment of the station is a must.

Despite increases in fares, trains remain hugely popular with people from Oxford, with passenger numbers rising a massive 103 per cent from 1997 to 2012.

With promises of an “integrated” transport “hub”, a healthy number of places must be provided for commuters to leave their bikes – though we await the number of car parking spaces with interest.

After years of talking, 2014 must see concrete and clear plans brought forward for people to give their view.

Otherwise, planners risk the public losing interest through “consultation fatigue”, which would be a tragedy for such a vitally important project.

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9:56am Mon 6 Jan 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

The only thing that we can be sure of is that the various "Activists" of Oxford will campaign vexatiously and vigorously against any change at Oxford Station resulting in decades of time wasting.

My ideal would be a slightly smaller scale version of the new Reading station with between 4 & 6 through platforms. I'm tired wasting time staring at a graveyard or derelict swing bridge just wishing that the platforms at Oxford weren't quite so "congested".
The only thing that we can be sure of is that the various "Activists" of Oxford will campaign vexatiously and vigorously against any change at Oxford Station resulting in decades of time wasting. My ideal would be a slightly smaller scale version of the new Reading station with between 4 & 6 through platforms. I'm tired wasting time staring at a graveyard or derelict swing bridge just wishing that the platforms at Oxford weren't quite so "congested". Andrew:Oxford

12:28pm Mon 6 Jan 14

King Joke says...

The station at Reading is a fine one, however the unique topography at Oxford allows an alternative solution.

The lines at Reading station, on the town centre side at least, are at ground level, so a passenger overbridge is the right solution.

At Oxford however, the lines are about half a storey above ground level. Passengers have to walk up a ramp or steps to the booking hall, and then more steps to access the busy Platform 2. In addition the forecourt is congested with heavy abuse of the bus bays by private cars and private hire taxis.

To address both these problems you could have a two-level station - a lower level for cars and taxis leading to a lower concourse and a tunnel under the platforms like at Didcot. THe upper level would be for buses, leading to an upper concourse and access to Platform 1.

I'd agree with using all the design cues from Reading station though, information and signage is very clear.
The station at Reading is a fine one, however the unique topography at Oxford allows an alternative solution. The lines at Reading station, on the town centre side at least, are at ground level, so a passenger overbridge is the right solution. At Oxford however, the lines are about half a storey above ground level. Passengers have to walk up a ramp or steps to the booking hall, and then more steps to access the busy Platform 2. In addition the forecourt is congested with heavy abuse of the bus bays by private cars and private hire taxis. To address both these problems you could have a two-level station - a lower level for cars and taxis leading to a lower concourse and a tunnel under the platforms like at Didcot. THe upper level would be for buses, leading to an upper concourse and access to Platform 1. I'd agree with using all the design cues from Reading station though, information and signage is very clear. King Joke

2:50pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

King Joke wrote:
The station at Reading is a fine one, however the unique topography at Oxford allows an alternative solution.

The lines at Reading station, on the town centre side at least, are at ground level, so a passenger overbridge is the right solution.

At Oxford however, the lines are about half a storey above ground level. Passengers have to walk up a ramp or steps to the booking hall, and then more steps to access the busy Platform 2. In addition the forecourt is congested with heavy abuse of the bus bays by private cars and private hire taxis.

To address both these problems you could have a two-level station - a lower level for cars and taxis leading to a lower concourse and a tunnel under the platforms like at Didcot. THe upper level would be for buses, leading to an upper concourse and access to Platform 1.

I'd agree with using all the design cues from Reading station though, information and signage is very clear.
There was an underpass at Oxford station.

It was at the Southern end of the platforms and filled in/sealed up during the late 80s/early 90s.
[quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: The station at Reading is a fine one, however the unique topography at Oxford allows an alternative solution. The lines at Reading station, on the town centre side at least, are at ground level, so a passenger overbridge is the right solution. At Oxford however, the lines are about half a storey above ground level. Passengers have to walk up a ramp or steps to the booking hall, and then more steps to access the busy Platform 2. In addition the forecourt is congested with heavy abuse of the bus bays by private cars and private hire taxis. To address both these problems you could have a two-level station - a lower level for cars and taxis leading to a lower concourse and a tunnel under the platforms like at Didcot. THe upper level would be for buses, leading to an upper concourse and access to Platform 1. I'd agree with using all the design cues from Reading station though, information and signage is very clear.[/p][/quote]There was an underpass at Oxford station. It was at the Southern end of the platforms and filled in/sealed up during the late 80s/early 90s. Andrew:Oxford

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