I believe a small fleet of electric buses would help fight pollution

CONGESTION: Councillors are looking at options to change how buses run through the city centre, particularly when the new Westgate is redeveloped

CONGESTION: Councillors are looking at options to change how buses run through the city centre, particularly when the new Westgate is redeveloped

First published in Letters

There is a constant debate about what to do with Oxford city centre traffic, with recent letters to the Oxford Mail concentrating on buses and bicycles.

One major concern is pollution. Various methods have been used to bring about a reduction, like moving traffic out of the city centre but, whenever you do that it invariably moves that pollution to other streets, like St Aldate’s, High Street and Beaumont Street. Of late, ideas like trams have been put forward, but, at the moment, they look like pie in the sky. Would it not be possible to use a fleet of small electric buses, which are friendly enough to use city centre streets, to ferry people out of the city centre to pick up points where pollution is likely to be less, such as Queens Lane, St Giles, the proposed transport hub at the station or, perhaps, replace the present Park and Ride busses.

If such a scheme was used it might require covers at the pickup points, to protect those making the transfer, and automatic charging points for the buses.

Derrick Holt

Fortnam Close

Headington

Oxford

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8:48am Mon 1 Sep 14

WitneyGreen says...

It sounds like pie in the sky, but when I first moved to Oxford nearly 20 years ago, there was an electric bus that ran from the railway station to the science area and back along Mansfield Road, Park Road etc. It wasn't very busy, probably due to the unpopular route, and could only run once an hour as it had to charge up back at the station, but it was a handy little hopper. Something to revisit, perhaps, now that electric vehicle technology has moved on?
It sounds like pie in the sky, but when I first moved to Oxford nearly 20 years ago, there was an electric bus that ran from the railway station to the science area and back along Mansfield Road, Park Road etc. It wasn't very busy, probably due to the unpopular route, and could only run once an hour as it had to charge up back at the station, but it was a handy little hopper. Something to revisit, perhaps, now that electric vehicle technology has moved on? WitneyGreen
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