Queen Street Pedestrianisation Proposals

Pedestrianisation of Queen Street, Oxford



  • Oxfordshire County Council proposes to improve Queen Street in central Oxford by prohibiting buses, taxis and private hire vehicles from using it. This would in effect make the street largely ‘pedestrianised’ – similar to Cornmarket.
  • No changes are proposed to access for cyclists and delivery vehicles, which would continue to be permitted between 6pm and 10am.  
  • Between New Road and New Inn Hall Street (i.e. through Bonn Square), cycling will continue to be permitted 24 hours a day, as now.


Why pedestrianise Queen Street?

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.

The pedestrianisation of Queen Street is part of the county council’s Local Transport Plan and Oxford City Council’s development plan for the West End, the West End Area Action Plan. It is an important element of wider improvements to the public realm in the city centre, such as the recent transformation of Frideswide Square.

It is proposed that the changes required to pedestrianise Queen Street are made by the time the new Westgate centre opens in autumn 2017.

This is because major changes to bus routes and stops will be required when the new Westgate centre opens in any event. Co-ordinating these changes with the Queen Street proposals will minimise disruption and will also mean Queen Street will be better able to cope with the increased numbers of pedestrians and cyclists going to and from the enlarged Westgate centre once it opens. 

This proposal is not part of the Westgate development, but Oxfordshire County Council is working closely with the Westgate Oxford Alliance (the owners of the Westgate centre) to plan this project.


Proposed changes

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

  • New bus routes 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
  • Relocation of loading bays on certain streets
  • Relocation of disabled parking bays on certain streets
  • Relocation of taxi rank at Carfax


Project costs and funding

It is estimated that the infrastructure required to close Queen Street will cost around £965,000. This includes some major works to create the turnaround at the Worcester Street/New Road junction, provision of new bus stops and shelters, and changes to pavements.

At this stage the project is not fully funded; funding sources are to be confirmed following further design work to finalise the proposals, including consideration of the feedback from this consultation.


This consultation

This consultation will run from 9th May to 6th June. 

Before responding to the consultation, please view details of all of the proposals which are available below. Views are invited on all aspects of the proposals. Paper and large print copies are available on request – contact details are below.

Proposed Bus Service & Stop Allocations

Proposed Taxi, Loading & Disabled Parking Arrangements

Where can I catch my bus? - Before and After

Speedwell Street Plan

New Road Bus Turnaround Plan

New Road Bus Turnaround Plan (Inc. Zebra Crossing at Fishers Row)

High Street (at Turl Street) Plan

High Street (at Carfax) Plan

St Aldates (North) Plan

St Aldates (South) Plan

New Road Plan

Butterwyke Place Plan


Future consultation on Traffic Regulation Orders

Some of the proposals require amendments to existing Traffic Regulation Orders. These will be advertised separately later in the summer, as part of the formal consultation on the scheme.

Responses to this consultation will be used to further refine the scheme in advance of that formal consultation.


Project timetable (subject to consultation and funding)

  • Initial consultation                                                                        May/June 2016
  • Consultation on TRO amendments                                                Summer 2016
  • Detailed design commences                                                            Autumn 2016
  • Construction period                                                                     April – Sept 2017
  • Westgate opens and changes come into effect                              October 2017


Have your say

To let us know your views on the proposals, please complete a comments form online here

Alternatively, write to use at:

Pedestrianisation of Queen Street, Oxfordshire County Council, Speedwell House, Speedwell Street, Oxford, OX1 1NE

Or email us at: LTS.Team@oxfordshire.gov.uk

Or Telephone: 01865 792422

The deadline for comments is: Monday 6th June 2016

This consultation has now closed.


  • Opened
    10 May 2016 at 09:00
  • Closed
    6 Jun 2016 at 23:59


Contact Name Customer Services
Contact Email Address Traffic.Consult@oxfordshire.gov.uk
Contact Phone Number 01865 792422
Contact Postal Address Queen Street Pedestrianisation Project,
Infrastructure Development
Oxfordshire County Council,
Speedwell House (3rd Floor),
Speedwell Street,

Consultation Topic
  • Roads & transport
Geographical Area
  • Oxford City