Land offered for A40 park-and-ride centre at Eynsham

thisisoxfordshire: County councillor David Nimmo Smith County councillor David Nimmo Smith

THE idea of creating a park-and-ride centre at Eynsham, to cut traffic into Oxford, was first put forward four years ago, a land agent has revealed.

Smiths Gore, which has an office at Worton Park, near Cassington, first wrote to West Oxfordshire District Council in 2009 suggesting a site on land next to the Eysham roundabout on the A40 as part of the consultation process on the council’s draft Local Plan.

The document, once finalised, will form a blueprint for the future development of the area.

Smiths Gore has written to the council on three occasions about the proposal.

Harry St John, who acts as an agent for the farmland owned by Ravendrive Ltd, next to the roundabout, said he had been surprised to hear that Oxfordshire County Council was now considering a similar scheme.

The county council last month said it could help ease possible traffic problems in connection with the proposed Northern Gateway housing and business development near Wolvercote, on the edge of Oxford.

It said Eynsham was a possible location for a park-and-ride centre to allow drivers to switch to buses for journeys into and out of the city.

The Northern Gateway development would involve building between 200 and 500 homes on land between Wolvercote and the A34.

It would also provide business units with the potential to create 3,000 jobs.

Mr St John said: “It’s strange, as we have been suggesting this as far back as 2009 and the county and district councils appear to have taken no notice. It’s funny to see that the penny now seems to have dropped.

“We have been making representations as part of the draft Local Plan and each time there has been an opportunity to do so, we have suggested this site.”

Mr St John said he believed the site could provide spaces for 1,500 cars and said that a dedicated bus lane on the A40 could help to relieve traffic congestion.

He added: “At the moment the plans don’t seem to have got so far as looking for actual sites. I have contacted the county council but I have not heard back yet.”

In a letter sent to the district council in December last year, Mr St John said: “We have put forward our client’s land for residential/ mixed development and park-and-ride facility and repeat the request that it be included in your SHLAA (Strategic Housing Land Availabilty Assessment) which we understand will come out in the new year.”

The county council’s cabinet member for transport, David Nimmo Smith, said it was too early to look at possible sites.

He said: “We will not be able to make a definite plan until funds have been identified.

“It could be that funding for a park-and-ride could come in a similar way as it did for the one on the A41 in Bicester, where the Bicester Village retail park helped out.

“But everything at the moment is still quite up in the air and we’re trying to get the Northern Gateway sorted out first.”

West Oxfordshire District Council spokesman Carys Davies said: “The representations made as part of the draft Local Plan are being looked at by officers and responses will be published in the new year.”

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2:34pm Tue 24 Dec 13

bodchris says...

What is the Transport County Counsellor and his Department actually DOING??? In Witney after 20 years we still await an alternative to the Cogges Link road. Why can't we just get a move on and do SOMETHING .....ANYTHING.......
. please. Send a bloom'n surveyor get him to draw up a plan, appoint a contractor and in a couple of weeks start the work.... sorry but what do you, and your ilk, actually do? No more endless committees and discussions. JUST GET ON WITH IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!! And whilst your at it in two weeks you could sort out the awful A40 Wolvercote roundabout very simply. An axe taken to the daft stupid brainless lights at Eynsham and Cassington would solve the westward delays in the evening (this would take about half an hour with 4 hefty guys with axes and another two with white and black road paint).
What is the Transport County Counsellor and his Department actually DOING??? In Witney after 20 years we still await an alternative to the Cogges Link road. Why can't we just get a move on and do SOMETHING .....ANYTHING....... . please. Send a bloom'n surveyor get him to draw up a plan, appoint a contractor and in a couple of weeks start the work.... sorry but what do you, and your ilk, actually do? No more endless committees and discussions. JUST GET ON WITH IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!! And whilst your at it in two weeks you could sort out the awful A40 Wolvercote roundabout very simply. An axe taken to the daft stupid brainless lights at Eynsham and Cassington would solve the westward delays in the evening (this would take about half an hour with 4 hefty guys with axes and another two with white and black road paint). bodchris

2:39pm Wed 25 Dec 13

rabbitrr says...

Rather than a Park & Ride (which IMHO is okay, to a point if your NOT going to do any shopping in Oxford otherwise it's just sticking plaster on a problem that is not going away) the A40 dual carriageway should be extended all the way from the current section by Witney, widened where needed and following it's present route over the Cutteslowe Roundabout and past Headington / Barton to join up with the M40.

Put a decent junction in to provide access to/from the A34 (Slip roads, NOT another ****** roundabout) where the A40 crosses the A34 just before The Wolvercoat Roundabout. Get rid of the Wolvercoat, Cutteslowe and Headington Roundabouts in their entirity, replacing them with a straight through 70mph rated dual carriageway with feeder/exit slip roads, aim of the game to end up with a through road with NO delays straight through to the M40.

Any property that is in the way should be subject to a compulsory purchase order, bought and then flattend to make room. It's called progress and tbh is the only way to sort the problem.
Rather than a Park & Ride (which IMHO is okay, to a point if your NOT going to do any shopping in Oxford otherwise it's just sticking plaster on a problem that is not going away) the A40 dual carriageway should be extended all the way from the current section by Witney, widened where needed and following it's present route over the Cutteslowe Roundabout and past Headington / Barton to join up with the M40. Put a decent junction in to provide access to/from the A34 (Slip roads, NOT another ****** roundabout) where the A40 crosses the A34 just before The Wolvercoat Roundabout. Get rid of the Wolvercoat, Cutteslowe and Headington Roundabouts in their entirity, replacing them with a straight through 70mph rated dual carriageway with feeder/exit slip roads, aim of the game to end up with a through road with NO delays straight through to the M40. Any property that is in the way should be subject to a compulsory purchase order, bought and then flattend to make room. It's called progress and tbh is the only way to sort the problem. rabbitrr

1:00am Thu 26 Dec 13

bodchris says...

rabbitrr: the ideal long term solution!!
rabbitrr: the ideal long term solution!! bodchris

11:30am Fri 27 Dec 13

rabbitrr says...

bodchris wrote:
rabbitrr: the ideal long term solution!!
Aye, but while it would certainly improve the situation for most commuters and motorists, sadly I can't see it ever happening because it does not have the word 'Bicycle' in it. Theres more chance of the A40 being converted into the countries largest most useless Cycle Path than it being made into a decent throughway to keep traffic moving in and out of the area.
[quote][p][bold]bodchris[/bold] wrote: rabbitrr: the ideal long term solution!![/p][/quote]Aye, but while it would certainly improve the situation for most commuters and motorists, sadly I can't see it ever happening because it does not have the word 'Bicycle' in it. Theres more chance of the A40 being converted into the countries largest most useless Cycle Path than it being made into a decent throughway to keep traffic moving in and out of the area. rabbitrr

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