Street would become more polluted and noisy

Street would become more polluted and noisy

Street would become more polluted and noisy

First published in Letters

To reintroduce buses to the Cornmarket will return a primary retail street to the unpleasant and dangerous quagmire it was before.

I can remember one of the last deaths reported in the Oxford Mail. An old man was run over and crushed by a bus. It warranted just one square inch, being not that unusual. Then there’s the diesel emissions, which would cause more cancer and respiratory disease. But most of all, the Cornmarket would become again a very unpleasant place to be, damaging the business which is done there. It would become far more polluted, crowded and noisy.

One has to ask exactly why the bus companies always seem to get whatever they ask for, and why this massive leap backwards is even being considered. I’m sure the PR people have been busy, but I dare to hope others will wake up and see the horror of this proposal before it is too late. The future of transport is in light electric vehicles and not the expensive and polluting diesel bus.

Dr Ian East, Kidlington Road, Islip

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4:02pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Pianissimo says...

Having lived in Oxford for many years, I don't remember Cornmarket ever being a "quagmire". It was a pleasant shopping street, and the good thing was that the elderly and disabled could get on and off buses in a place nearer to the centre of Oxford.
Having lived in Oxford for many years, I don't remember Cornmarket ever being a "quagmire". It was a pleasant shopping street, and the good thing was that the elderly and disabled could get on and off buses in a place nearer to the centre of Oxford. Pianissimo
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10:44pm Fri 5 Sep 14

the wizard says...

Pianissimo wrote:
Having lived in Oxford for many years, I don't remember Cornmarket ever being a "quagmire". It was a pleasant shopping street, and the good thing was that the elderly and disabled could get on and off buses in a place nearer to the centre of Oxford.
There are such things as electric buses, and trams but neither should be in Cornmarket. Why some people have this fixation that buses must run in the centre of the city is beyond belief. Are some of these people so bone idle that they cannot walk the length of Cornmarket or Queen St. They are not long streets, they don't take that long to traverse on foot, even with my knees, which both need replacement. For pities sake people, move on, on foot, and enforce the ban on bikes too, if they are so green they have no objection to walking either.
[quote][p][bold]Pianissimo[/bold] wrote: Having lived in Oxford for many years, I don't remember Cornmarket ever being a "quagmire". It was a pleasant shopping street, and the good thing was that the elderly and disabled could get on and off buses in a place nearer to the centre of Oxford.[/p][/quote]There are such things as electric buses, and trams but neither should be in Cornmarket. Why some people have this fixation that buses must run in the centre of the city is beyond belief. Are some of these people so bone idle that they cannot walk the length of Cornmarket or Queen St. They are not long streets, they don't take that long to traverse on foot, even with my knees, which both need replacement. For pities sake people, move on, on foot, and enforce the ban on bikes too, if they are so green they have no objection to walking either. the wizard
  • Score: -1

11:39pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Pianissimo says...

the wizard wrote:
Pianissimo wrote:
Having lived in Oxford for many years, I don't remember Cornmarket ever being a "quagmire". It was a pleasant shopping street, and the good thing was that the elderly and disabled could get on and off buses in a place nearer to the centre of Oxford.
There are such things as electric buses, and trams but neither should be in Cornmarket. Why some people have this fixation that buses must run in the centre of the city is beyond belief. Are some of these people so bone idle that they cannot walk the length of Cornmarket or Queen St. They are not long streets, they don't take that long to traverse on foot, even with my knees, which both need replacement. For pities sake people, move on, on foot, and enforce the ban on bikes too, if they are so green they have no objection to walking either.
I am not "bone idle" but, as a disabled person, I find it very difficult to walk the length of Cornmarket, let alone longer distances. At present, if I get off a bus in Magdalen Street East, I would have to walk to Castle Street or the end of Queen Street to get another bus. Please think of others who are less fortunate than yourself, Mr Wizard, however wizardish you are.

Besides, if it would be so unbearable to have buses in Cornmarket again, why are you content to have them in other streets like St Aldate's and Magdalen Street West?
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pianissimo[/bold] wrote: Having lived in Oxford for many years, I don't remember Cornmarket ever being a "quagmire". It was a pleasant shopping street, and the good thing was that the elderly and disabled could get on and off buses in a place nearer to the centre of Oxford.[/p][/quote]There are such things as electric buses, and trams but neither should be in Cornmarket. Why some people have this fixation that buses must run in the centre of the city is beyond belief. Are some of these people so bone idle that they cannot walk the length of Cornmarket or Queen St. They are not long streets, they don't take that long to traverse on foot, even with my knees, which both need replacement. For pities sake people, move on, on foot, and enforce the ban on bikes too, if they are so green they have no objection to walking either.[/p][/quote]I am not "bone idle" but, as a disabled person, I find it very difficult to walk the length of Cornmarket, let alone longer distances. At present, if I get off a bus in Magdalen Street East, I would have to walk to Castle Street or the end of Queen Street to get another bus. Please think of others who are less fortunate than yourself, Mr Wizard, however wizardish you are. Besides, if it would be so unbearable to have buses in Cornmarket again, why are you content to have them in other streets like St Aldate's and Magdalen Street West? Pianissimo
  • Score: 3

8:45am Sun 7 Sep 14

matttrow says...

Cornmarket is hideous anyway. It's just one big shrine to big business commercialism, with very few independent retailers. Buses go through Queen street without any issues, so I don't see a problem with Cornmarket.

Well, I do see a problem with Cornmarket and go out of my way to avoid it.
Cornmarket is hideous anyway. It's just one big shrine to big business commercialism, with very few independent retailers. Buses go through Queen street without any issues, so I don't see a problem with Cornmarket. Well, I do see a problem with Cornmarket and go out of my way to avoid it. matttrow
  • Score: 0

6:25pm Tue 9 Sep 14

14jayeff says...

Got it! A Fleet of sedan.chairs with tailored flunkies to carry customers to their favoured retailers,no nasty buses /pollution ECT ,sorted!
Got it! A Fleet of sedan.chairs with tailored flunkies to carry customers to their favoured retailers,no nasty buses /pollution ECT ,sorted! 14jayeff
  • Score: -1
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