Gateway transport plans are criticised

John Bleach

John Bleach

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WOLVERCOTE residents have claimed transport proposals for the Northern Gateway business park scheme were “rushed through” without enough consultation.

John Bleach, of the Wolvercote Neighbourhood Forum, said the group had “little faith” in the £9m project put forward by Oxfordshire County Council, which would involve major works to improve the Wolvercote and Cutteslowe roundabouts.

The plans aim to offset an increase in traffic likely to be caused by the gateway development and is seen as a critical step before it can happen.

But council spokesman Martin Crabtree defended the process and said the authority had been “actively engaging” with residents. The consultation closed on Thursday.

Mr Bleach called for the council to reveal what other options it considered for the traffic relief scheme. They also wanted the council to hold more public meetings and claimed the process had been rushed.

He said plans for the roundabout should have been delayed until the county council finishes reviewing and updating its Oxford Area Transport Strategy.

The authority is renewing the strategy in response to figures which show traffic levels could soar by 35 per cent by 2025.

Mr Bleach said: “We have little faith in the county council’s ability to relieve the transport issues in this area.

“It seems to me that the county council rushed through these proposals because of the Northern Gateway project.

“We are quite frankly very disappointed. The wider consultation being carried out on Oxford’s transport strategy should be finished first before the [roundabout scheme] went ahead.”

Oxfordshire County Council announced in July it would add traffic light controls to Wolvercote roundabout and widen its approaches from the A40 and A44. It also proposed that Cutteslowe roundabout be converted to a ‘hamburger’-style junction, with the main road cutting through a central island.

Pedestrian and cyclist crossings are to be added to both junctions.

The scheme was first announced in February and will be funded by the £108.6m Government-funded Growth Deal, announced in July.

Council spokesman Mr Crabtree said the authority had put on two public exhibitions in North Oxford to explain the proposed traffic schemes to residents.

The scheme was also put up for public consultation on the county council’s website from July 3 -1.

Mr Crabtree said: “A transport strategy for North Oxford has also been developed by the county council, and a technical summary is available for residents to view and comment on as part of the city council’s consultation for the Northern Gateway Area Action Plan. The county council encourages residents to respond to the two consultations, which will help us to formulate the right response to on-going pressures in North Oxford.”

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1:07pm Mon 4 Aug 14

oafie says...

The picture of nimby Wolvercoter is next to Port meadow- which is not actually the site of the Northern Gateway-which is well needed and welcomed- Hurry it up.
The picture of nimby Wolvercoter is next to Port meadow- which is not actually the site of the Northern Gateway-which is well needed and welcomed- Hurry it up. oafie
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2:02pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

Shock, horror the residents of Wolvercote are moaning.
Shock, horror the residents of Wolvercote are moaning. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
  • Score: -2

4:36pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Local "Activists" won't be happy with any kind of consultation unless it's what *they* want.
Local "Activists" won't be happy with any kind of consultation unless it's what *they* want. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 0

5:15pm Mon 4 Aug 14

King Joke says...

There's no doubt these people are NIMBYs, but the Northen Gateway will be a disaster. Like the Business Park before it, it will be almost entirely car based and will bring roads in the vicinity to a standstill. Of course we need jobs, we just need to put them near sustainable transport. Near Oxford Station would be a start.
There's no doubt these people are NIMBYs, but the Northen Gateway will be a disaster. Like the Business Park before it, it will be almost entirely car based and will bring roads in the vicinity to a standstill. Of course we need jobs, we just need to put them near sustainable transport. Near Oxford Station would be a start. King Joke
  • Score: 2

5:35pm Mon 4 Aug 14

thenortherner says...

I think the Northern gateway is a great idea/location however........

Have you seen the pedestrian/cycle crossing arrangements for the new junctions in the council document - they are so complicated I suspect cyclists will not use them. To get across the Wolvercote roundabout from Woodstock Road out onto the A44 by bike will mean using what looks like 5 different signal controlled crossings! It's the same on the Cutteslowe roundabout.

Surely this is a missed opportunity to build some iconic foot/cycle flyover bridges that would be a legacy for generations to come and better serve people cycling into central Oxford from the expanding surrounding areas such as Yarnton / Kidlington as well as the Northern gateway.
I think the Northern gateway is a great idea/location however........ Have you seen the pedestrian/cycle crossing arrangements for the new junctions in the council document - they are so complicated I suspect cyclists will not use them. To get across the Wolvercote roundabout from Woodstock Road out onto the A44 by bike will mean using what looks like 5 different signal controlled crossings! It's the same on the Cutteslowe roundabout. Surely this is a missed opportunity to build some iconic foot/cycle flyover bridges that would be a legacy for generations to come and better serve people cycling into central Oxford from the expanding surrounding areas such as Yarnton / Kidlington as well as the Northern gateway. thenortherner
  • Score: -1

6:40am Tue 5 Aug 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

No matter what you build for cyclists, they will ignore it. They go where THEY want to go, not what is built for them.
No matter what you build for cyclists, they will ignore it. They go where THEY want to go, not what is built for them. HomerSimpsonDoh
  • Score: 1

9:08am Tue 5 Aug 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

King Joke wrote:
There's no doubt these people are NIMBYs, but the Northen Gateway will be a disaster. Like the Business Park before it, it will be almost entirely car based and will bring roads in the vicinity to a standstill. Of course we need jobs, we just need to put them near sustainable transport. Near Oxford Station would be a start.
I'm not convinced that jobs for the 5000-6000 people working in the Oxford Business Park is a "disaster". Or the several thousand who work on the Science Park.

As you know, scope was left for a rail connection to the Oxford Business Park when the "Tesco" bridge on the Easter Bypass was rebuilt at considerable cost back in the 90s.

Even if a light rail network were not to enter the Business Park. It would take (in relative terms) an absolute pittance to open two single 3-coach platforms on the Morris Siding at Tesco and at Littlemore and operate a one-train-in service block signalling on a shuttle between the Oxford Central and Tesco.

11 minutes from Tesco to Oxford Central?
8 minutes from Littlemore to Oxford Central?
4 minutes from Wolvercote to Oxford Central - if the Cotswold line services were to stop there...
[quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: There's no doubt these people are NIMBYs, but the Northen Gateway will be a disaster. Like the Business Park before it, it will be almost entirely car based and will bring roads in the vicinity to a standstill. Of course we need jobs, we just need to put them near sustainable transport. Near Oxford Station would be a start.[/p][/quote]I'm not convinced that jobs for the 5000-6000 people working in the Oxford Business Park is a "disaster". Or the several thousand who work on the Science Park. As you know, scope was left for a rail connection to the Oxford Business Park when the "Tesco" bridge on the Easter Bypass was rebuilt at considerable cost back in the 90s. Even if a light rail network were not to enter the Business Park. It would take (in relative terms) an absolute pittance to open two single 3-coach platforms on the Morris Siding at Tesco and at Littlemore and operate a one-train-in service block signalling on a shuttle between the Oxford Central and Tesco. 11 minutes from Tesco to Oxford Central? 8 minutes from Littlemore to Oxford Central? 4 minutes from Wolvercote to Oxford Central - if the Cotswold line services were to stop there... Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: -2

10:49am Tue 5 Aug 14

Oxonian says...

Andrew:Oxford says "As you know, scope was left for a rail connection to the Oxford Business Park when the "Tesco" bridge on the Easter Bypass was rebuilt at considerable cost back in the 90s..

If there had been an Easter Bypass about 2000 years ago, it would have saved a lot of trouble.
Andrew:Oxford says "As you know, scope was left for a rail connection to the Oxford Business Park when the "Tesco" bridge on the Easter Bypass was rebuilt at considerable cost back in the 90s.. If there had been an Easter Bypass about 2000 years ago, it would have saved a lot of trouble. Oxonian
  • Score: 1

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