MORE than 3,000 people took part in a survey about bus-only zones to help cut congestion in Oxford.

Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council ran a survey between September 18 and October 20 to gather views from residents, employers and commuters about new transport proposals.

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The proposals called ‘Connecting Oxford’ included new bus routes to the ‘eastern arc’ connecting areas like Summertown, Headington and Cowley to Witney, Kidlington and Abingdon; traffic restrictions on main routes into the city (known as bus gates) allowing buses to flow more freely; and improved walking and cycling provision.

The scheme would be funded in part through a ‘levy’ on workplace parking spaces.

The survey responses will be considered by the cabinets of the county and city councils in January 2020 when decisions on how to go ahead with the project will be taken.

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Councillor Alex Hollingsworth, Oxford City Council cabinet member for planning and sustainable transport, said: “We will be using the feedback from this consultation to address the concerns that were highlighted by residents and to further strengthen the proposals in order to make travelling in and out of Oxford easier, quicker, and more reliable for all.”

“I would like to thank everyone who took part and shared their views on our proposals.”