Oxford should have a manageable number of buses in all main streets

Shoppers in Cornmarket Street, Oxford

Shoppers in Cornmarket Street, Oxford

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AT every Connecting Oxfordshire forum, county council leader Ian Hudspeth encouraged everyone to contribute their best ideas for environmentally, economically and socially viable transport.

His subsequent comment on restoring some buses to Cornmarket is characteristically open-minded: “It is something that has been put forward, so we will put it into the mix.”

Central Oxford bus connections are hampered by routes terminating in Magdalen Street, up to 600m from stops and destinations in St Aldate’s, High Street and Castle Street.

Banning all buses from Cornmarket in 1999 imposed a diversion of almost a mile from Carfax to Magdalen Street, which by 2005 killed all through routes.

In 2009 five stops were removed from Queen Street and too many buses were forced into St Aldate’s, whose west side now has too many stops on a pavement too narrow for passengers and pedestrians to share.

Since 2009 passengers in Bonn Square have been “temporarily” denied a shelter, seat or full-height kerb for disabled access.

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The Crown Estate and Land Securities want remaining buses expelled from Queen Street and the stop removed from Bonn Square. They want new stops at the bottom of St Aldate’s, remote from Carfax and Magdalen Street. Otherwise they say they will not redevelop Westgate.

This discriminates against passengers not able-bodied enough to walk half a mile. Passengers carrying heavy shopping, luggage or small children would be left to struggle, give up, or go by car.

Instead of choking some streets with unlimited buses while completely pedestrianising others, Oxford should have a manageable number of buses in all main streets, including Queen Street and Cornmarket.

Hugh Jaeger
Chairman, Bus Users Oxford

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1:45pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Better still a massive Seattle style tunnel running beneath Cornmarket capable of taking buses or trams.
Better still a massive Seattle style tunnel running beneath Cornmarket capable of taking buses or trams. Andrew:Oxford
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1:36pm Tue 26 Aug 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

hey lets build trams!
hey lets build trams! yabbadabbadoo256
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12:42am Wed 27 Aug 14

Tiger1ily says...

What a splendid letter from Hugh Jaeger, summing up the problems that have been created for Oxford residents by a series of high-up decisions made by Oxfordshire County Council year after year with a total lack of consideration for the people of Oxford.
Hugh is absolutely right that the gap in the middle of Oxford with no transport is making life difficult. The arrangement is not convenient for people with heavy shopping, or young children in pushchairs. It is very inconvenient for those who get off their bus at Carfax and then need to walk to a destination in for example Beaumont Street. or for those who get off their bus in Magdalen Street and then have to walk all the way down to the Westgate or the Town Hall. It adds a lot to the journey time.
I strongly support his suggestion that we should return to having some buses running through Cornmarket, and bus stops there and in Queen Street.
What a splendid letter from Hugh Jaeger, summing up the problems that have been created for Oxford residents by a series of high-up decisions made by Oxfordshire County Council year after year with a total lack of consideration for the people of Oxford. Hugh is absolutely right that the gap in the middle of Oxford with no transport is making life difficult. The arrangement is not convenient for people with heavy shopping, or young children in pushchairs. It is very inconvenient for those who get off their bus at Carfax and then need to walk to a destination in for example Beaumont Street. or for those who get off their bus in Magdalen Street and then have to walk all the way down to the Westgate or the Town Hall. It adds a lot to the journey time. I strongly support his suggestion that we should return to having some buses running through Cornmarket, and bus stops there and in Queen Street. Tiger1ily
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9:31am Wed 27 Aug 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

Tiger1ily wrote:
What a splendid letter from Hugh Jaeger, summing up the problems that have been created for Oxford residents by a series of high-up decisions made by Oxfordshire County Council year after year with a total lack of consideration for the people of Oxford.
Hugh is absolutely right that the gap in the middle of Oxford with no transport is making life difficult. The arrangement is not convenient for people with heavy shopping, or young children in pushchairs. It is very inconvenient for those who get off their bus at Carfax and then need to walk to a destination in for example Beaumont Street. or for those who get off their bus in Magdalen Street and then have to walk all the way down to the Westgate or the Town Hall. It adds a lot to the journey time.
I strongly support his suggestion that we should return to having some buses running through Cornmarket, and bus stops there and in Queen Street.
rubbish, i know plenty of towns with extensive pedesterianisation and the buses manage quite well from the edge of the core town centre.. you don't get any complaints of people unable to walk there.. perhaps they value exercise?

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[quote][p][bold]Tiger1ily[/bold] wrote: What a splendid letter from Hugh Jaeger, summing up the problems that have been created for Oxford residents by a series of high-up decisions made by Oxfordshire County Council year after year with a total lack of consideration for the people of Oxford. Hugh is absolutely right that the gap in the middle of Oxford with no transport is making life difficult. The arrangement is not convenient for people with heavy shopping, or young children in pushchairs. It is very inconvenient for those who get off their bus at Carfax and then need to walk to a destination in for example Beaumont Street. or for those who get off their bus in Magdalen Street and then have to walk all the way down to the Westgate or the Town Hall. It adds a lot to the journey time. I strongly support his suggestion that we should return to having some buses running through Cornmarket, and bus stops there and in Queen Street.[/p][/quote]rubbish, i know plenty of towns with extensive pedesterianisation and the buses manage quite well from the edge of the core town centre.. you don't get any complaints of people unable to walk there.. perhaps they value exercise? Milton Keynes Reading Nottingham Plymouth Come to mind... yabbadabbadoo256
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