Excluding buses would result in a daily inconvenience to thousands

Queen Street has a mixture of pedestrians and a limited number of buses

Queen Street has a mixture of pedestrians and a limited number of buses

First published in Letters

I AM writing concerning the article on August 22 about bus routing through the city centre.

I agree that this matter should have been sorted out before planning permission was granted for the Westgate redevelopment.

Unfortunately there is no ‘solution’ waiting to be discovered – the historic road network is too limited to allow the wholesale segregation of pedestrianised and trafficked streets that might be ideal.

Good accessibility by public transport is critical to the functioning of the city and the welfare of its residents.

The Westgate and other developments in the West End will increase the number of people coming into the centre and – by effectively extending its geographical area – place added importance on exactly where buses are able to pick up and set down passengers.

The current mixing of pedestrians and a limited number of buses in Queen Street is not perfect but, in the circumstances, has proved a perfectly acceptable compromise.

There is no good reason why this arrangement should not be continued nor why the same principle should not be applied to Cornmarket if, as the operators maintain, this is the only way of avoiding buses terminating prematurely on the edge of the centre and of ensuring links across it.

Excluding buses entirely from Queen Street, Cornmarket and potentially George Street may improve the pedestrian experience marginally but would result in daily inconvenience to literally thousands of bus passengers and hardship for those with limited walking ability.

Peter Headicar
Richmond Road
Oxford

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10:02am Thu 28 Aug 14

the wizard says...

The pedestrian experience in Queen St is deplorable for a city such as Oxford which attracts so many visitors from around the world. The only reason that buses go through Queen St is to service the bus stops there and as such create through routes. the buses could be routes around the Oxpens to a certain degree and other stops such as in High St would have to be utilized more by travelers. Queen St isn't really that long . The fact that buses are still allowed there is a total nonsense, and the extra walk involved to alternative stops is no more than a few minutes. The City council really should be making the effort to reduce traffic and reduce pollution in this busy area.

Oxford is still stuck way back behind the times due to its lack of will to change for the better. Its time this council had a radical rethink of some of its policies and time for its population to sort out their priorities when they get to the polling booth. A lot of people who proclaim to represent the population don't have a clue and muppets have now ascended to positions of authority which they are ill qualified and equipped to handle with any degree of competence. Allowing bikes and buses through the pedestrian areas just goes to underline that fact.
The pedestrian experience in Queen St is deplorable for a city such as Oxford which attracts so many visitors from around the world. The only reason that buses go through Queen St is to service the bus stops there and as such create through routes. the buses could be routes around the Oxpens to a certain degree and other stops such as in High St would have to be utilized more by travelers. Queen St isn't really that long . The fact that buses are still allowed there is a total nonsense, and the extra walk involved to alternative stops is no more than a few minutes. The City council really should be making the effort to reduce traffic and reduce pollution in this busy area. Oxford is still stuck way back behind the times due to its lack of will to change for the better. Its time this council had a radical rethink of some of its policies and time for its population to sort out their priorities when they get to the polling booth. A lot of people who proclaim to represent the population don't have a clue and muppets have now ascended to positions of authority which they are ill qualified and equipped to handle with any degree of competence. Allowing bikes and buses through the pedestrian areas just goes to underline that fact. the wizard
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