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OxPA logo Note of OxPA meeting Tuesday February 24 2009

Transform Oxford

Speaker: Martin Kraftl from the County Transport Planning Team

Transform Oxford was launched in October 2008 as a “vision” for enhancing conditions for pedestrians in the city centre. Although details of how this will be achieved are yet to be devised, the aims are clear: to reduce the number of buses in the City centre (but not the number of passengers), to upgrade poor quality paving and street furniture, and remove dirt and clutter from pavements. (See OxPA's response to the original proposals).

Everybody will welcome more pedestrian space, quieter and less polluting buses, smartcard ticketing to reduce boarding delay, and cleaner and better designed streets.

There are serious concerns about possible loss of connectivity between bus routes and some doubts that “shared space” will be as successful here as in other places in UK and abroad. Martin is optimistic that these hurdles can be overcome: certainly the present situation cries out for improvement, so we need to encourage the County and City to come up with workable plans.

The outline timetable starts with Queen Street 2009-10, removing 50% of the buses and re-locating bus stops (see OxPA's comment). In 2010 George Street and Magdalen Street will be pedestrianized (but retaining some access for deliveries, disabled parking etc). There will be consultation on options for cycle access. In 2011-13 changes are planned in High Street and St Aldates, to reduce bus frequency from 200 per hour and create a pedestrian priority zone. An interchange at the Plain, highlighted by the media, is only one of many alternatives being considered.

A lively discussion followed Martin’s presentation. Topics raised included :