London Road Bus Lane

Oxfordshire County Council is consulting the public on its proposals to improve bus priority in the vicinity of Green Road roundabout, Headington.  This plan shows the scheme.

There will also be a drop-in session from 4pm to 8pm on Thursday 18th July at Headington Quarry Village Hall (Jubilee Room – entrance in Margaret Road) where county council staff will be able to discuss the scheme in more detail.

These proposals require a Traffic Regulation Order to be advertised and I enclose a copy of the Statutory Notice describing the proposals in legal terms. A copy of the draft Order is available for public inspection at the locations set out in the Notice.  If you have any comments concerning the proposals please complete the form.  Please note that the closing date for this consultation is 25th July 2013.

Any unresolved objections will be reported to the Cabinet Member for Environment’s Decisions Meeting on 12th September 2013. This is a public meeting at which members of the public may speak; the papers for the meeting will be available on the County Council’s website about a week before the meeting. 

 

Background to the Proposed Scheme

The County Council has been looking at ways to improve bus journeys times on the London Road.  Several difference options have been considered but have been rejected either because of the small amount of benefit to bus users, the cost of the works, the impact on footways and cycle facilities or the opposition of local residents.

 

However, the council has developed a scheme which addresses each of these issues – the scheme that we are now consulting on and shown on the attached plan.  The main elements of this scheme are as follows:

·        short length of new bus lane on the A40 to allow buses and coaches to continue in the nearside lane right up to roundabout,

·        short length of road widening on the A420 London Road near the roundabout,

·        relocating the first inbound bus stop here back closer to the roundabout,

·        extending the length of the last outbound bus stop before the roundabout.

 

This proposed scheme has significant advantages over the earlier options we have rejected:

·        large savings in journey times for buses and coaches from the A40,

·        cheaper to build,

·        avoids loss of the cycleway on the north side footway and minimises the impact on trees,

·        traffic is able to pass buses waiting at the relocated first inbound bus stop, reducing the problem of traffic backing up across the roundabout.

 

Both the new inbound bus stop and the extended outbound bus stop will be made long enough to hold two buses and will be designated as Bus Stop Clearways.  Clearways will be indicated by a standard yellow bus top box road marking, a broad yellow line road marking adjacent to the kerb and a sign mounted on the bus stop pole.  The Clearway markings mean that general traffic should not be parked at the bus stops and will enable buses to pull-up against the kerb helping passengers to get on and off safely and quickly.

 

The bus lane project at the Green Road roundabout forms part of a wider package of transport measures to improve transport choices along this route.  Other elements include expanding the park & ride site, the recently launched cycle hire scheme and a new bus service linking Headington’s hospitals with Water Eaton and Thornhill park & ride sites, due to begin in late September.

 

If the scheme is approved, construction works should take place between January 2014 and June 2014.  These should then be followed immediately by the reconstruction of the existing inbound bus lane (between Gladstone Road and Wharton Road).  A strategy for carrying out maintenance on the remaining lengths of London Road is currently being reviewed.

This consultation has now closed.

Timeline

  • Opened
    28 Jun 2013 at 00:00
  • Closed
    25 Jul 2013 at 23:59

Consultation Documents

Details

Contact Name Owen South
Contact Email Address owen.south@oxfordshire.gov.uk
Contact Phone Number 01865 815735

Consultation Topic
  • Roads & transport
Geographical Area
  • Oxford City
  • Chalgrove, Thame Watlington and Wheatley