Proposed introduction of charges for long-stay use of Thornhill and Water Eaton Park & Ride sites

This is a formal consultation on the proposed introduction of charges for long-stay use of the Thornhill and Water Eaton Park & Ride sites in Oxford, and to limit the maximum length of stay at the sites.

The County Council considers that the prime purpose of Park & Ride is to reduce congestion in Oxford by intercepting journeys that would otherwise continue by car to destinations in the City - this policy is embedded into the current Local Transport Plan (which can be viewed here

The Thornhill site is regularly full by 9am which means that many who wish to use it cannot do so. Approval has been given to expand the Thornhill site and work is due to commence in the autumn. The site is in Green Belt and the extension was approved on condition that it was managed in such a way as to encourage sustainable travel into Oxford - rather than elsewhere - and that there was a limit on the maximum stay allowed for parking. Although the site at Water Eaton is not under the same pressure at present, this will change with the building of a new station by Chiltern Railways.

The County Council is therefore proposing to introduce charging for those who stay beyond 11 hours, which is considered to be the number of hours expected for normal work, business or shopping purposes in Oxford, and to limit the maximum stay at the sites to 72 hours. The proposed charges are as follows:-

  • Parking for up to 11 hours                           free
  • Parking for between 11 hours and 24 hours - £3
  • Parking for between 24 hours and 48 hours - £6
  • Parking for between 48 hours and 72 hours - £9

These charges will be waived for disabled Blue Badge holders, cycles and motorcycles. In addition, electric vehicles using the charging points will also not pay.

Payment of the charge will be by using machines at the sites or via the internet or mobile phone - there will be no need to display a ticket on vehicles. The two sites have been equipped with Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) equipment which will be used to match number plates of vehicles entering and leaving the sites and so enable the duration of stay to be calculated. If payment is required but has not been made, site staff will find it and issue an Excess Charge Notice ('parking ticket'); such Notices will also be issued for vehicles that park incorrectly or stay beyond the 72 hours maximum. Each Notice will be for £100, discounted by half if paid within 14 days.

Full details of the charging proposals and conditions are set out in the Draft Traffic Regulation Order

Comments or objections to the proposal, together with your home address should be sent in writing to the Director for Environment and Economy (ref. P&R) at the address given below no later than Friday 14th September 2012. The County Council will consider objections and representations received in response to this Notice.  They may be disseminated widely for these purposes and made available to the public

Please write to Director for Environment and Economy, Oxfordshire County Council, Speedwell House, Speedwell Street, Oxford, OX1 1NE or email or use the online questionnaire below

This consultation has now closed.


  • Opened
    16 Aug 2012 at 07:00
  • Closed
    14 Sep 2012 at 23:59
  • Response Published
    16 Oct 2012

Summary of Results

Consultation Documents


Contact Name David Tole
Contact Email Address
Contact Phone Number 01865 815359
Contact Postal Address Director for Environment and Economy, Oxfordshire County Council,
Speedwell House, Speedwell Street, Oxford, OX1 1NE

Consultation Topic
  • Council budget & finances
  • Roads & transport
Target Audience
  • Oxfordshire residents
Geographical Area
  • Banbury
  • Bicester
  • Kidlington and Yarnton
  • Oxford City
  • Benson, Berinsfield and Wallingford
  • Chalgrove, Thame Watlington and Wheatley
  • Goring and Henley
  • Didcot
  • Abingdon
  • Faringdon
  • Grove and Wantage
  • Burford and Carterton
  • Charlbury, Chipping Norton and Woodstock
  • Witney