Letting buses back into Cornmarket is a mistake

Cornmarket today

Cornmarket today

First published in Letters

To return traffic to Cornmarket would be a major retrograde step, in my view. Since pedestrianisation, it is a pleasure to see residents and visitors thronging the street and enjoying the buskers.

I am old enough to remember when the A40 came up the High and turned right at traffic lights at Carfax, into Cornmarket and up the Woodstock Road. Never again – I would also restrict delivery lorries, builders trucks etc, to shorter hours in Cornmarket than at present.

The problem of assisting the elderly or disabled, or those with young children, to cross the city centre, could be eased by installing moving pavements one to each side of Cornmarket, plus a shuttle minibus service [electrically powered preferably] from George Street round into New Road, into Queen Street, down the High and back into the Broad and George Street again.

The sheer volume of city centre traffic makes every problem worse.

Why not keep long distance coaches out of the centre? – restricted to the rail stations and the park and rides – making them into transport hubs much more effectively than at present. They are already well served by buses.

Mike Gotch

City Councillor


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