THE NEEDS OF THE CITY CENTRE

This paper discusses various aspects of bus services and operations in the city of Oxford, England. It first outlines the city centre's problems, which include some highly congested streets. Although bus ridership may have increased, both local people and visitors perceive that buses are now so numerous as to have become a nuisance. Buses are also blamed by many people for central Oxford's increasing air pollution, which sometimes exceeds acceptable limits. The Oxford Transport Strategy was developed as a result of a consultants' study. Its conclusions were accepted by the Oxford City and County Councils, and incorporated in the Oxford Local Plan Review 1991-2001, but they were modified somewhat after public consultation. The main measures are to: (1) close High Street to through traffic; (2) create a bus priority route around the city centre, including High Street; (3) remove buses from Cornmarket Street; (4) introduce further pedestrianisation and environmental improvement in the centre; (5) introduce strict parking control in the centre and surrounding residential areas; and (6) continue to enhance park-and-ride in Oxford. There have been differing reactions to these measures by bus users and bus companies. For the covering abstract see IRRD 874487.

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  • Authors:
    • Walker, J
  • Publication Date: 1995

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00714457
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 27 1995 12:00AM