Finally, there is the realisation for many of us that the county council is serious in its intention to introduce six new traffic filters in Oxford.
Traders and residents in Botley Road have all experienced the pain of the road closure to since April last year but the good news is that the Network Rail scheme is on schedule and the busy route will reopen at the rail bridge in October.
But don't celebrate just yet - highways bosses at Oxfordshire County Council are making it clear that they will attempt to impose six new traffic filters on the city just as soon as the road reopens.
The decision has long been agreed and in fairness to the council it has held off launching the six filters designed to limit private car use.
But it is not surprising that traders' group ROX is pleading for the city to be given some breathing space after putting up with the Botley Road closure for so long.
The traffic filters are being introduced on a six-month trial basis but they have been positioned so strategically that they will make cross-city journeys by car impossible for many during the day.
Graham Jones of ROX has been representing businesses in the city for many years and is urging the council to hold off their plans for six months.
We can't see that happening - engineers are already preparing the ground work on the six sites so they are all ready to go, with ANPR cameras to back them up.
But perhaps the council could consider not introducing the traffic filters until the New Year.
That would allow city traffic to return to normal in the run-up to Christmas and give traders a better chance of making a profit.
There will undoubtedly be some residents who decide to shop elsewhere because the introduction of the traffic filters will put them off.
Instead of carrying heavy shopping on the bus, or parking at the park and ride sites they are likely to choose instead to drive to other towns in Oxfordshire, or even further afield.
We don't know this for certain of course, and that's why a six-month trial is a good idea.
So it's good news that Network Rail is on schedule with its work in Botley Road.
This will lead to greater capacity at Oxford station and eventually a smart new station with an improved western entrance.
But once the traffic filters are introduced drivers will not really be able to enjoy the benefit of Botley Road being reopened at the rail bridge.
Coming from Botley Road into Frideswide Square, they will soon come up against a traffic filter and have to head off in a different direction - probably towards the ring road.
The many different exemptions afforded to drivers via permits, depending on where they live, will be a nightmare in terms of paperwork and administration, let alone the cost.
But the council has taken the decision to try to reduce car use in the city centre and this is the logical next step.
Traders' groups are fundraising hard to get cash together to launch a legal challenge but it remains to be seen whether they will have any success.
Traffic filters are probably coming sooner rather than later and everyone should start getting used to the idea - however much they dislike it.
On a lighter note the Westgate Centre has got involved in World Book Day and is promoting a book swap.
Why not go along and pick up something new to read?
Have a good weekend.
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