‘Doing nothing is not an option’, leader tells transport meeting

Ian Hudspeth

Ian Hudspeth

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THE leader of the county council addressed residents about his plans for the county’s transport system in the last of a series of public meeting.

Ian Hudspeth has held seven meetings now across Oxfordshire, the last taking place last night at Oxford’s County Hall.

One of the ideas put forward in the Connecting Oxfordshire plans is a monorail connecting key locations around Oxford’s ring road. Other suggestions include pedestrianisation of St Giles and George Street, Oxford, creating a rail link from Cowley to Oxford city centre, with a platform at the BMW factory, and trams in St Giles.

About 100 people attended last night.

Mr Hudspeth said: “I don’t think doing nothing is an option. Now we can change things for Oxford to be a better place.”

Concerns were raised about the current and future provision of cycle routes in the city.

Speaking after the meeting Peter Thompson of Oxford Civic Society said: “It is about encouraging people to get on their bikes and making sure that option is there.”

Asked by a number of people how many extra cars new link roads may lead to, Mr Hudspeth said: “If we provide other options, such as a monorail and better public transport, I think that will improve the traffic.”

A number of people raised concerns about the Northern Gateway development, a business park north of Wolvercote.

Mr Hudspeth said the county council was working to mitigate against the impact of the added traffic.

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8:54am Thu 24 Jul 14

bagginsofwhitecross says...

If the Council can't get the map of the Northern Gateway Plans correct...what chance do they have of getting this right. The reason it will fail is because cars are convenient..you can put shopping in the boot, not struggle on a bus or tram with lots of bags. Cars are here to stay. The only thing the council can do is ensure that the roads are fit for purpose, they cannot afford to repair the roads we already have !
If the Council can't get the map of the Northern Gateway Plans correct...what chance do they have of getting this right. The reason it will fail is because cars are convenient..you can put shopping in the boot, not struggle on a bus or tram with lots of bags. Cars are here to stay. The only thing the council can do is ensure that the roads are fit for purpose, they cannot afford to repair the roads we already have ! bagginsofwhitecross
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9:15am Thu 24 Jul 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

‘Doing nothing is not an option’, leader tells transport meeting.

I suppose he has to have something to occupy his time and make it look like he actually earns his salary, expenses and other perks.

It is Oxfordshire County Council and therefore doomed to failure from the start.
‘Doing nothing is not an option’, leader tells transport meeting. I suppose he has to have something to occupy his time and make it look like he actually earns his salary, expenses and other perks. It is Oxfordshire County Council and therefore doomed to failure from the start. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
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9:34am Thu 24 Jul 14

JanetJ says...

bagginsofwhitecross wrote:
If the Council can't get the map of the Northern Gateway Plans correct...what chance do they have of getting this right. The reason it will fail is because cars are convenient..you can put shopping in the boot, not struggle on a bus or tram with lots of bags. Cars are here to stay. The only thing the council can do is ensure that the roads are fit for purpose, they cannot afford to repair the roads we already have !
Not quite true - they are currently causing traffic chaos on the A420 by totally closing it at Shrivenham for 7 weeks worth of repairs - although I presume that is because it hasn't been properly maintained for years!
[quote][p][bold]bagginsofwhitecross[/bold] wrote: If the Council can't get the map of the Northern Gateway Plans correct...what chance do they have of getting this right. The reason it will fail is because cars are convenient..you can put shopping in the boot, not struggle on a bus or tram with lots of bags. Cars are here to stay. The only thing the council can do is ensure that the roads are fit for purpose, they cannot afford to repair the roads we already have ![/p][/quote]Not quite true - they are currently causing traffic chaos on the A420 by totally closing it at Shrivenham for 7 weeks worth of repairs - although I presume that is because it hasn't been properly maintained for years! JanetJ
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