Tongue-in-cheek Lib Dems support Oxford cable car

thisisoxfordshire: Oxfordshire County Council Ian Hudspeth Oxfordshire County Council Ian Hudspeth

A MONORAIL around Oxford might seem like a barmy enough idea but what about a cable car between East Oxford and Headington?

Last night a city councillor made the tongue-in-cheek proposal at a full meeting of Oxford City Council when asking whether the administration would support recent transport proposals by the leader of Oxfordshire County Council Ian Hudspeth.

Earlier this month Mr Hudspeth unveiled his transport vision, called Connecting Oxfordshire, which includes pedestrianising St Giles, a monorail on part of Oxford’s ring road and reopening the train line to Cowley.

Lib Dem city councillor Mark Mills asked: “In the light of county councillor Ian Hudspeth’s enthusiasm for an Oxfordshire monorail, would the administration be open to supporting other unconventional transport projects?

“For example, a cable car from East Oxford to Headington?”

City council leader Bob Price replied: “As the local planning authority, the city council would undoubtedly be willing to consider planning applications for any innovative transport infrastructure that will help to ease congestion and air pollution in the city.”

Craig Simmons, Green group leader, said the idea must be a late April Fool’s joke.

He said: “Suggesting that Oxford needs a cable car from East Oxford to Headington is barmy.”

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9:05am Tue 15 Apr 14

Gunslinger says...

14 days late, typical Lib Dems.

Councillor Hudspeth's wish list is hardly more credible though.

If there was a demand for a peripheral monorail (or any public transport service), surely this would have been tested by existing transport operators. If there is a significant demand for such a service, it would be fairly straightforward to operate a bus service from Redbridge to Thornhill via Cowley and Headington, before investing millions in new infrastructure.
14 days late, typical Lib Dems. Councillor Hudspeth's wish list is hardly more credible though. If there was a demand for a peripheral monorail (or any public transport service), surely this would have been tested by existing transport operators. If there is a significant demand for such a service, it would be fairly straightforward to operate a bus service from Redbridge to Thornhill via Cowley and Headington, before investing millions in new infrastructure. Gunslinger
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4:38pm Tue 15 Apr 14

danfoxford says...

This was obviously an ironic statement meant to cast light on the sheer wasteful insanity of a monorail.

But I'm afraid the Lib-Dems were played by a fantasy transport scheme which was never intended. Unless the monorail ran directly from the boardroom of BMW through the University Chancellor's office to the Chief Exec of the Oxford University Hospital's house, I could not imagine a Tory in this county being serious about it. Other people don't exist to them.

Secondly, swanning about in a monorail while people suffer living out on the street and go begging at food banks is not the future I want to see for Oxfordshire. Homeless numbers are going up, healthcare is becoming a problem and 25% of Oxfordshire children live below the poverty line.
This was obviously an ironic statement meant to cast light on the sheer wasteful insanity of a monorail. But I'm afraid the Lib-Dems were played by a fantasy transport scheme which was never intended. Unless the monorail ran directly from the boardroom of BMW through the University Chancellor's office to the Chief Exec of the Oxford University Hospital's house, I could not imagine a Tory in this county being serious about it. Other people don't exist to them. Secondly, swanning about in a monorail while people suffer living out on the street and go begging at food banks is not the future I want to see for Oxfordshire. Homeless numbers are going up, healthcare is becoming a problem and 25% of Oxfordshire children live below the poverty line. danfoxford
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5:24pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

danfoxford wrote:
This was obviously an ironic statement meant to cast light on the sheer wasteful insanity of a monorail.

But I'm afraid the Lib-Dems were played by a fantasy transport scheme which was never intended. Unless the monorail ran directly from the boardroom of BMW through the University Chancellor's office to the Chief Exec of the Oxford University Hospital's house, I could not imagine a Tory in this county being serious about it. Other people don't exist to them.

Secondly, swanning about in a monorail while people suffer living out on the street and go begging at food banks is not the future I want to see for Oxfordshire. Homeless numbers are going up, healthcare is becoming a problem and 25% of Oxfordshire children live below the poverty line.
Yup, healthcare is becoming a problem in Oxford.

Many, many people have difficulty in getting to appointments at the John Radcliffe due to poor infrastructure, congested roads and lack of parking.

If only something could be done to improve public transport infrastructure to improve access to healthcare.

Oh wait, you're against that...
[quote][p][bold]danfoxford[/bold] wrote: This was obviously an ironic statement meant to cast light on the sheer wasteful insanity of a monorail. But I'm afraid the Lib-Dems were played by a fantasy transport scheme which was never intended. Unless the monorail ran directly from the boardroom of BMW through the University Chancellor's office to the Chief Exec of the Oxford University Hospital's house, I could not imagine a Tory in this county being serious about it. Other people don't exist to them. Secondly, swanning about in a monorail while people suffer living out on the street and go begging at food banks is not the future I want to see for Oxfordshire. Homeless numbers are going up, healthcare is becoming a problem and 25% of Oxfordshire children live below the poverty line.[/p][/quote]Yup, healthcare is becoming a problem in Oxford. Many, many people have difficulty in getting to appointments at the John Radcliffe due to poor infrastructure, congested roads and lack of parking. If only something could be done to improve public transport infrastructure to improve access to healthcare. Oh wait, you're against that... Andrew:Oxford
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