Changes to support buses, cycling and walking proposed for Woodstock Road

Oxfordshire County Council has launched a consultation calling on residents to contribute their thoughts on the proposed Woodstock Road Sustainable Travel Improvements Scheme.

Having started on May 8 and continuing until June 5, the council wants to hear from those who regularly use the busy road.

The scheme includes several alterations, including changing the travel direction of an existing bus lane and implementing various changes to improve both bus journey reliability and overall safety.

The feedback gathered will help inform a county council cabinet decision on whether to approve the work.

Oxford Mail: Councillor Andrew GantCouncillor Andrew Gant (Image: Ed Nix)

Councillor Andrew Gant, Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet member for transport management, said: “I encourage people to look at the proposals and help us understand the impact they’ll have.

“There is a clear link between active travel and improved physical and mental health.

“Children who walk or cycle to school will be healthier, have a more active social life, do better in the classroom and live longer.

“Sitting in a traffic jam harms everyone, inside and outside the car.”

He added: “Woodstock Road is used by many people travelling by bus, bike and on foot or with mobility aids, both from within Oxford and travelling to and from other areas.

“By investing now and providing space and facilities for making journeys other than travelling by car, we can better manage traffic in the coming years with planned growth and housing.”

The proposals cover the area between St Giles in Oxford city centre and the Wolvercote Roundabout.

The two-phase plan initially involves changes to a bus lane, with proposals to remove part of the 24-hour southbound bus lane between Wolvercote and Squitchey Lane and replace it with a like-for-like northbound bus lane on the other side.

Phase two is focused on the southern end of the Woodstock Road and covers a series of cycling, walking and wheeling priority measures for Woodstock Road.

Theses include the installation of solar studs along cycle lanes throughout Woodstock Road to improve visibility and a new zebra crossing between Observatory Street and Bevington Road.

Those interested in offering their opinions can participate via an online survey on the county council’s digital engagement and consultation platform, Let’s talk Oxfordshire.

The consultation window will close at 11.59pm on June 5.

Subject to approval by the council’s cabinet, the proposed works could start this summer.

The project is funded through the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal.

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