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Oxfordshire: a big transport agenda for a growing county

Major upgrades to Oxfordshire’s roads, rail and bus networks are being planned as the county responds to population and employment growth. Andrew Forster spoke to Oxfordshire County Council leader Ian Hudspeth and acting director of environment and economy Bev Hindle about the proposals

Andrew Forster
16 December 2016
Buses form the backbone of Oxford’s public transport system. The council has plans for bus rapid transit routes, and new park-and-ride sites located some distance from the city
Bev Hindle
Bev Hindle
Rail: with only two through platforms, Oxford station is already a bottleneck – even before additional proposed services such as East-West Rail are added. Oxfordshire wants a comprehensive rebuild of the station to increase capacity.
Rail: with only two through platforms, Oxford station is already a bottleneck – even before additional proposed services such as East-West Rail are added. Oxfordshire wants a comprehensive rebuild of the station to increase capacity.
Ian Hudspeth
Ian Hudspeth
Park-and-ride: Oxfordshire wants to close the Pear Tree site and replacing it with a new site further away from the city..
Park-and-ride: Oxfordshire wants to close the Pear Tree site and replacing it with a new site further away from the city..

 

Oxfordshire is going places. This month’s completion of a new rail link between London Marylebone and Oxford city centre is just one part of a much bigger plan to improve the county’s transport networks. On roads, the Government is preparing a major project to improve the county’s north-south trunk road, the A34, and build an Expressway from Oxford to Milton Keynes and Cambridge in the east. On rail, ministers this month signalled their commitment to the East West Rail...

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