Road closure will mean 10 weeks of city chaos

Construction work in George Street

Construction work in George Street

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THE closure of a road in central Oxford is likely to cause 10 weeks of traffic disruption, it has been warned.

Oxfordshire County Council has agreed to close George Street from Sunday, May 11, while a construction firm carries out work to a building.

It means bus services will have to be re-routed via Beaumont Street, where parking will be suspended to allow for the temporary stops.

Stagecoach Oxfordshire has said six of its bus routes will be affected by the closure.

Spokesman Karen Coventry said: “Buses on route S1, S2, S3, 14,17 and 18 will divert and pick up and set down passengers in Beaumont Street whilst George Street is closed. We recognise that this will inconvenience many people but there are no other alternative routes available.”

She added that planned improvements to the S1, S2 and S3 services on June 1 have now been put on hold until after the work is complete.

Oxford Bus Company has said its services will not be affected as much.

Spokesman Phil Ashworth said: “For the duration of the works, services operating from Pear Tree and Redbridge will terminate in Oxford city centre. This means that there will be no through-service between Pear Tree and Redbridge. Bus stops on George Street and New Road will not be served by park-and-ride 300 services.”

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From May 11 George Street will be closed between its Cornmarket end and Victoria Court for around four weeks.

After this there will be one-way traffic only on the street for around six weeks on the same stretch of road.

To allow for this a 24-hour clearway is being created in Beaumont Street to make way for temporary bus stops – meaning pay-and-display parking, disabled parking and loading bays will be suspended.

Martin Crabtree, a spokesman for the county council, said: “ISG Construction Ltd has made the request for a temporary road closure, No Waiting and Loading restriction to apply to George Street and Beaumont Street because of underground installation of joint mains services and communications in George Street.”

An ISG spokesman said: "As part of a major upgrade and refurbishment project that ISG is delivering in central Oxford, we need to install new and improved mains services and communications infrastructure within George Street.

"George Street remains open for business as usual throughout this period and access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and pedestrians at all times, with temporary traffic lights in place at the bottom of George Street and the Worcester Street junction.

"Bus stops will also be relocated from George Street to Beaumont Street, and parking arrangements temporarily altered during this period.

"To minimise the impact of this work, we plan to re-open half of the carriageway on George Street following this initial period on a one-way only traffic system from George Street towards Victoria Court, while the final elements of the upgraded services installation are completed.

"We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this work may cause."

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8:50am Mon 28 Apr 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

This street should form part of a pedestrian boulevard from the Railway Station to the city centre.

The current coach station isn't fit for purpose so needs to be moved anyway, the limited traffic that does need to enter New Inn Hall Street and St Michael's Street can enter via a one way "shared space" from Gloucester Street to St George's Place.
This street should form part of a pedestrian boulevard from the Railway Station to the city centre. The current coach station isn't fit for purpose so needs to be moved anyway, the limited traffic that does need to enter New Inn Hall Street and St Michael's Street can enter via a one way "shared space" from Gloucester Street to St George's Place. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 5

11:14am Mon 28 Apr 14

Patrick, Devon says...

Andrew:Oxford wrote:
This street should form part of a pedestrian boulevard from the Railway Station to the city centre.

The current coach station isn't fit for purpose so needs to be moved anyway, the limited traffic that does need to enter New Inn Hall Street and St Michael's Street can enter via a one way "shared space" from Gloucester Street to St George's Place.
Are you including Hythe Bridge St in your proposed pedestrian boulevard?

I agree that the current bus station isnt fit for purpose - was it ever so? A bus station at the rail station "transport hub" would be better, but with long distance coaches using Redbridge or Thornhill instead.

The recent decision to proceed with Frideswide Square before the station masterplan is settled does seem odd. And then we have the suggestion of a tramway from Kidlington to St Giles, and a new Westgate which makes little provision for public transport.

Joined up transport planning it aint, and Oxford deserves better than this random mish mash of plans and ideas.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: This street should form part of a pedestrian boulevard from the Railway Station to the city centre. The current coach station isn't fit for purpose so needs to be moved anyway, the limited traffic that does need to enter New Inn Hall Street and St Michael's Street can enter via a one way "shared space" from Gloucester Street to St George's Place.[/p][/quote]Are you including Hythe Bridge St in your proposed pedestrian boulevard? I agree that the current bus station isnt fit for purpose - was it ever so? A bus station at the rail station "transport hub" would be better, but with long distance coaches using Redbridge or Thornhill instead. The recent decision to proceed with Frideswide Square before the station masterplan is settled does seem odd. And then we have the suggestion of a tramway from Kidlington to St Giles, and a new Westgate which makes little provision for public transport. Joined up transport planning it aint, and Oxford deserves better than this random mish mash of plans and ideas. Patrick, Devon
  • Score: 10

12:18pm Mon 28 Apr 14

King Joke says...

Andrew - George St is necessary for buses to negotiate the area without getting stuck in stationary traffic on Hyth Bridge and Beaumont St.

Kicking the coaches out to remote P&Rs will kill the business case for most of them.
Andrew - George St is necessary for buses to negotiate the area without getting stuck in stationary traffic on Hyth Bridge and Beaumont St. Kicking the coaches out to remote P&Rs will kill the business case for most of them. King Joke
  • Score: -2

1:24pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

King Joke wrote:
Andrew - George St is necessary for buses to negotiate the area without getting stuck in stationary traffic on Hyth Bridge and Beaumont St.

Kicking the coaches out to remote P&Rs will kill the business case for most of them.
Hythe Bridge Street should close too. Or De minimis one way for buses and access only to allow wider pavements.

A new bus and coach station at the Worcester Street car park would be useful. A small car park in the current Gloucester Green would be a potential replacement. There is access available without entering George Street.
[quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: Andrew - George St is necessary for buses to negotiate the area without getting stuck in stationary traffic on Hyth Bridge and Beaumont St. Kicking the coaches out to remote P&Rs will kill the business case for most of them.[/p][/quote]Hythe Bridge Street should close too. Or De minimis one way for buses and access only to allow wider pavements. A new bus and coach station at the Worcester Street car park would be useful. A small car park in the current Gloucester Green would be a potential replacement. There is access available without entering George Street. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 1

1:51pm Mon 28 Apr 14

King Joke says...

Ah now we're talking! Eliminating the through traffic route along Beaumont St would allow you to do so much more in terms of pedestrianisation, bus routing west-to-north and so on. It would come up against stiff opposition though.

Doing the same for the through route through the Science site would allow you finally start serving this large employment site with public transport.

Worcester St car park would of course make a great location for a bus station, and with a handful of stands there would be space left over for a bit of canal basin as well.
Ah now we're talking! Eliminating the through traffic route along Beaumont St would allow you to do so much more in terms of pedestrianisation, bus routing west-to-north and so on. It would come up against stiff opposition though. Doing the same for the through route through the Science site would allow you finally start serving this large employment site with public transport. Worcester St car park would of course make a great location for a bus station, and with a handful of stands there would be space left over for a bit of canal basin as well. King Joke
  • Score: -1

5:23pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Isawyoucoming says...

This eyesore has been going on for over two years whens it all going to end.
This eyesore has been going on for over two years whens it all going to end. Isawyoucoming
  • Score: 2

7:33pm Mon 28 Apr 14

deedee444 says...

Open all the roads to traffic and get rid of the lights at the station floooooooooooooooooo
oow
Open all the roads to traffic and get rid of the lights at the station floooooooooooooooooo oow deedee444
  • Score: 1

8:10pm Mon 28 Apr 14

King Joke says...

If it's going to the same place the traffic won't flow at all, as many cities around the world illustrate clearly.
If it's going to the same place the traffic won't flow at all, as many cities around the world illustrate clearly. King Joke
  • Score: 0

2:05pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Sophia says...

Actually Oxford city centre needs to be totally flattened so we can build massive 5000 space car parks, bus stations, tramways, an underground and 4 lane highways in every direction. Then everyone will be able to get into the centre easily day and night. Admittedly there'll be nothing there to see or use or do but lets be clear, what really matters is moving about in huge numbers all the time at great speed.
Actually Oxford city centre needs to be totally flattened so we can build massive 5000 space car parks, bus stations, tramways, an underground and 4 lane highways in every direction. Then everyone will be able to get into the centre easily day and night. Admittedly there'll be nothing there to see or use or do but lets be clear, what really matters is moving about in huge numbers all the time at great speed. Sophia
  • Score: 0

2:08pm Wed 30 Apr 14

King Joke says...

If you got everyone in by tram and bus you wouldn't need to flatten anything, as these modes are more space-efficient.
If you got everyone in by tram and bus you wouldn't need to flatten anything, as these modes are more space-efficient. King Joke
  • Score: -1

7:20pm Sun 4 May 14

Oxonian says...

King Joke wrote:
If you got everyone in by tram and bus you wouldn't need to flatten anything, as these modes are more space-efficient.
There are lots of people who cannot use trams or buses, either because they are disabled or because the buses and trams don't stop anywhere near where they live.

This Oxford Mail report says that the temporary closure of George Street will cause chaos - and it is probably right. So why is the County Council intending to close George Street to traffic permanently sometime in the future? It's time that the traffic "planners" learnt the lesson that traffic needs to flow as smoothly as possible, without any obstructions on the available roads. This eases congestion and reduces air pollution.
[quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: If you got everyone in by tram and bus you wouldn't need to flatten anything, as these modes are more space-efficient.[/p][/quote]There are lots of people who cannot use trams or buses, either because they are disabled or because the buses and trams don't stop anywhere near where they live. This Oxford Mail report says that the temporary closure of George Street will cause chaos - and it is probably right. So why is the County Council intending to close George Street to traffic permanently sometime in the future? It's time that the traffic "planners" learnt the lesson that traffic needs to flow as smoothly as possible, without any obstructions on the available roads. This eases congestion and reduces air pollution. Oxonian
  • Score: 2

8:06am Tue 6 May 14

King Joke says...

All modern trams are completely disabled-accessible, as are all buses in the Oxford area.

If the only people driving into Central Oxford were disabled, or traders needing to carry tools etc, there would be hardly any traffic at all. Those who are completely capable of using PT but who refuse to do so are having a very disproportionate impact on traffic flows.
All modern trams are completely disabled-accessible, as are all buses in the Oxford area. If the only people driving into Central Oxford were disabled, or traders needing to carry tools etc, there would be hardly any traffic at all. Those who are completely capable of using PT but who refuse to do so are having a very disproportionate impact on traffic flows. King Joke
  • Score: 1

8:23am Tue 6 May 14

Oxonian says...

King Joke wrote:
All modern trams are completely disabled-accessible, as are all buses in the Oxford area.

If the only people driving into Central Oxford were disabled, or traders needing to carry tools etc, there would be hardly any traffic at all. Those who are completely capable of using PT but who refuse to do so are having a very disproportionate impact on traffic flows.
It depends on the disability as to whether or not you can get on a tram or bus. Besides, many disabled and elderly people cannot walk as far as the nearest bus stop. Please have a little thought for those worse off than yourself.
[quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: All modern trams are completely disabled-accessible, as are all buses in the Oxford area. If the only people driving into Central Oxford were disabled, or traders needing to carry tools etc, there would be hardly any traffic at all. Those who are completely capable of using PT but who refuse to do so are having a very disproportionate impact on traffic flows.[/p][/quote]It depends on the disability as to whether or not you can get on a tram or bus. Besides, many disabled and elderly people cannot walk as far as the nearest bus stop. Please have a little thought for those worse off than yourself. Oxonian
  • Score: 0

8:29am Tue 6 May 14

King Joke says...

I very clearly stated that I am happy people with reduced mobility to drive into Central Oxford, or at least those whose condition doesn't prevent them driving. There are other conditions to consider too. Partially-sighted people, for instance, do not benefity one jot from car access and would be better served by more public transport. It is not those with reduced mobility who are causing high volumes of traffic, it is people who are perfectly capable of modal switch.
I very clearly stated that I am happy people with reduced mobility to drive into Central Oxford, or at least those whose condition doesn't prevent them driving. There are other conditions to consider too. Partially-sighted people, for instance, do not benefity one jot from car access and would be better served by more public transport. It is not those with reduced mobility who are causing high volumes of traffic, it is people who are perfectly capable of modal switch. King Joke
  • Score: 0

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