Queen Street (Oxford) Proposed Changes to Traffic Regulation Orders & Worcester Street New Road Junction Zebra Crossings

Queen Street forms part of one of the main east-west routes across the city centre, and pedestrian and cycle numbers are expected to increase significantly in future as a result of development in the city’s West End and elsewhere across Oxford. 

It is vital that strong pedestrian and cycle links are maintained and encouraged, and improvements to the pedestrian experience are made, to ensure a well-connected and joined up city centre that will continue to thrive.

Therefore, Oxfordshire County Council proposes to improve the Queen Street area in central Oxford by;

  • Prohibiting buses from accessing and driving through it. This would in effect make the street – similar to Cornmarket,
  • Permitting cyclists to travel along Queen Street in both directions at all times of day, for a trial period of 18 months. Currently cycling is banned between 10am and 6pm,
  • No changes are proposed to access for delivery vehicles, which would continue to be permitted between 6pm and 10am,
  •  Taxis would continue to utilise the existing rank at Carfax, but with slightly different access arrangements and with changes to the operational hours of the rank. Proposals are for access to be from High Street/St Aldates end only and turning at a point adjacent to the Clarendon Centre. Permitted hours for this arrangement are proposed as 9pm to 6am and again this will be on a trial period of 18 months.
  • A new junction arrangement (replacing the traffic signals with a mini roundabout) at Worcester Street/Park End Street to facilitate the proposed changes by allowing buses to easily turn.

Proposed changes

The project includes a package of measures to provide alternative arrangements for buses, taxis, and private hire vehicles, which include:

  • Buses re-routed around the city centre to allow buses to avoid Queen Street and serve the expanded Westgate centre
  • A new bus turnaround at the Worcester Street/New Road junction, including new zebra crossing facilities on New Road, Worcester Street and Park End Street
  • Changes to bus stop locations, including removal of the bus stop in Bonn Square
  • Changes to the pick and set down points for many bus services
  • Potential to permit cycling along Queen Street at all times
  • Relocation of loading bays on certain streets
  • Relocation of disabled parking bays on certain streets
  • Changes to the access arrangements for the taxi rank at Carfax
  • Replacing the current signalised crossings at the Worcester Street / New Road junction with 3 new zebra crossings.

Any objections to the proposals and other representations, specifying the grounds on which they are made, may be sent in writing or email to the addresses given below (quoting ref: AK/Queen Street) OR by completing the online questionnaire by Friday 14 October 2016.

The County Council will consider objections and representations received in response and they may be disseminated widely for these purposes and made available to the public. Any unresolved objections will be reported to the Council’s Cabinet meeting later in 2016, the papers for the meeting will be available on the County Council’s website about a week before the meeting.

Current project timetable (subject to consultation and funding)

  1. Consultation on TRO amendments Autumn 2016
  2. Detailed design commences Autumn 2016
  3. Construction period April – Sept 2017
  4. Westgate opens and changes come into effect October 2017

This consultation has now closed.

Timeline

  • Opened
    15 Sep 2016 at 08:00
  • Closed
    14 Oct 2016 at 23:59

Details

Contact Name Christian Mauz
Contact Email Address christian.mauz@oxfordshire.gov.uk
Contact Phone Number 07392 318873
Contact Postal Address Oxfordshire County Council
County Hall
New Road
Oxford
OX1 1ND

Consultation Topic
  • Economy & business
  • Planning
  • Roads & transport
Target Audience
  • Oxfordshire residents
  • Councillors
  • Businesses
Geographical Area
  • Oxford City