Bus stops removal discriminates against people

6:47pm Monday 1st September 2014

Sir – At every Connecting Oxfordshire forum, county council leader Ian Hudspeth encouraged everyone to contribute their best ideas for environmentally, economically and socially viable transport.

Cyclists need better treatment

6:46pm Monday 1st September 2014

Sir – Two years ago, the county council agreed to improve the provision for cyclists in the design of the Frideswide Square roundabouts.

Unacceptable threats

6:46pm Monday 1st September 2014

Sir – I welcome the letter from councillor Tanner detailing the cycling infrastructure improvements that are planned for Oxford (Letters, August 21).

Massive undertaking

6:45pm Monday 1st September 2014

Sir – I write in response to your article Drivers face 24-mile detour during works and wish to add some context and clarity to the story.

Expensive rail option

6:45pm Monday 1st September 2014

Sir – Perhaps the rail fares would rise less if there was less reckless spending.

Computer tricksters

6:44pm Monday 1st September 2014

Sir – I’m sure that all your readers know that anybody approaching them and claiming to be an agent of Microsoft is almost certainly a trickster.

Keep buses out

6:44pm Monday 1st September 2014

Sir – With regards to Matt Oliver’s article, (August 21) — No! No! No! Martin Sutton, managing director of Stagecoach, Oxon, we do not want buses back into Cornmarket.

Distressing calls

6:43pm Monday 1st September 2014

Sir – It took decades of campaigning to achieve in 1999 the pedestrianisation of Cornmarket and restricted traffic in the High Street, so calls to bring back buses to Cornmarket, however limited in number, are distressing (‘Call made to lift ban on buses in centre’, (Report, August 21). Even with more fuel-friendly buses, nitrous oxide and CO2 levels in Oxford city centre are already dangerously high.

Daily inconvenience

6:42pm Monday 1st September 2014

Sir – The issue of bus routeing through the city centre merits more balanced consideration than the rather knee-jerk reaction in your editorial (Focus minds on the buses, August 21).

Scaling down

6:42pm Monday 1st September 2014

Sir – Buses in the Cornmarket? We are told they are necessary to service the enlarged Westgate Centre. But there is already hardly room to walk there.

‘Island community’

6:41pm Monday 1st September 2014

Sir – WODC recently distributed a newsletter entitled Creating Futures inviting us to comment on housing targets and the draft local plan.

Global Weirding

6:41pm Monday 1st September 2014

Sir – It is strange what weather we have had all winter; no cold at all; but the ways are dusty and the flyes fly up and down, and the rose-bushes are full of leaves, such a time of the year was never known in this world before here.

Podding poser

6:40pm Monday 1st September 2014

Sir – Christopher Gray argues (Gray Matter, August 14) that ‘podded’ peas ought to mean peas without pods, and was surprised to find that Aldi’s came with pods unpopped.

PM has made an error

6:40pm Monday 1st September 2014

Sir – On Pathfinder Sunday, August 17, at RAF Wyton this year we surviving Bomber Command veterans, our carers and next of kin of former Pathfinders, were disappointed to learn that the promised flypast of two Lancasters (British and Canadian) would have to be cancelled due to bad weather.

Plight often hidden

6:39pm Monday 1st September 2014

Sir – When I was two years old I was struck down by polio. I was fortunate; I survived the virus that has killed so many.

Shipmates reunite

6:38pm Monday 1st September 2014

Sir – Thank you again for printing my letters about reuniting those who have served together in the Royal Navy.

Imaginative transport plan needed

4:43pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – There is a clear need to provide transport links from the north-west Bicester eco-town to the town centre.

City would like to do more cycling

4:42pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – I would like to thank your many readers who have written to me about cycling improvements in Oxford, following your story in July.

Days are numbered

4:40pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – A question was raised by reader Dr Jan-Georg Deutsch, (Letters, August 14) as to how many vehicle drivers have been killed by cyclists.

Piece of propaganda

4:37pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – I was interested to see the report of a survey showing widespread support for fracking. Or so I understood from the first paragraph.

Slow down buses

4:36pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – All the buses are using Kennington as a rat run, all the double deckers are going down St Swithins Road taking the trees with them, the Wantage bus, the bus to the John Radcliffe Hospital, the X3 are all coming through the village. As they are not stopping, they are racing through this village about every five minutes.

Generous grants

4:36pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – Thank you very much for publishing details of the opening of the new Aston Rowant Discovery Trail under the title Walk in the footsteps of the first Elizabeth (Report, July 31).

Can system cope?

4:35pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – There is an issue of whether our antiquated sewage system will be able to cope with the massive housing growth in the area.

Strict code of conduct

4:34pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – I refer to Janey Messina’s wonderfully facetious piece (Quad Talk, August 7).

No seat guaranteed

4:33pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – When buying a coach ticket everyone is guaranteed to have a seat.

Increasing dangers

4:32pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – I was appalled to read that 70 from a total of 532 vehicles travelling through Brize Norton in Station Road and Carterton Road, were caught speeding.

Happy ending

4:31pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – I have been a volunteer at Cogges Manor Farm, in Witney, for the past three years. One of my duties is to feed the three farm cats.

Understanding bees

4:31pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – The grand opening of the Witney Bees teaching apiary took place at Southdown Farm.

Proud of NHS

4:30pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – People in this country are rightly proud of the NHS, and many are angry at the creeping privatisation now being introduced.

Uglier truths

4:29pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – Richard Scrase (First Person, August 14) writes for Understanding Animal Research, a national organisation which, under one name or another, has been promoting animal research for over 100 years. You would not expect him to advertise its uglier truths.

Knit wit

4:28pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – Was it a witty editor who placed the article about knitting a stool above the piece on visible excrement in a local food hall? (Report, August 14).

Busy station not shabby

4:28pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir - I really must take issue with Dominic Utton’s column (Off the Rails, August 7) and his description of the “slow, crumbling shabbiness” of Oxford station.

Exhausted subject

4:27pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir — I am sorry if Richard Wilson (Letters, August 7) feels tormented by the less civilised of my motorcycling brothers and sisters.

Hypocritical torque

4:26pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir — Richard Wilson. He’s a motorist (Letters, August 7). You know the sort.

If you C a mistake...

4:23pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir — In your coverage of Oxford’s forthcoming Lieder festival (Limited Edition, August) a “C” appears to have dropped out of the headline: SHUBERT FIRST FOR SHOLTO (or is this a subtle example of “syncope” as defined in the Wordplay answers at the bottom of the page: “abbreviation, omission of sounds or letters from a word”?).

Get in lanes please

4:23pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir — I had a look at the Frideswide Square/station masterplan. I noted that the plan does not show bicycle racks near the station nor do there seem to be clearly defined bicycle lanes in Frideswide Square.

What about breakfast?

4:22pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir — In reply to councillor Howson’s letter (Letters, August 7) concerning free school meals for all. I agree that every child needs, and deserves, a hot nourishing meal every day. The majority of the members of the recent Education Scrutiny Committee agreed that the new coalition government’s proposals had been introduced with indecent haste.

Wonder of wool

4:21pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir — On Saturday, August 9, the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in 1945, many Oxfordshire people helped in rolling out a continuous line of pink home-knitted scarves that extended the whole seven miles between the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield in Berkshire.

Supporting Gaza

4:20pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir — Having attended the family day at St Gregory’s School to raise money for the Gaza crisis, I was heartened to see the extent of support for the people devastated in that area.

Stop the land grab

4:19pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir — It’s all too easy for Oxford City Council to continually press for the destruction of Green Belt land on the edge of the city (‘Council bid for ‘garden suburb’ on edge of city’, Oxford Times, August 7).

Shock of the new

4:17pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir — What is it about Oxford people and their overwhelming negativity towards anything modern or different or new?

Freedom declaration

4:16pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – As is usual at this time of year, our city centre was almost overflowing last weekend, with tourists young and old, and from several different continents/countries. But you wouldn’t have to have been particularly perceptive to have realised that there was also something unusual going on in the Sheldonian, the Examination Halls and at Blackwell’s.

Californian law rules

4:16pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir — Whenever I have been in Los Angeles driving around through both residential and commercial areas, I have always been tremendously impressed by the requirements imposed on vehicles when in the near locality of schools.

Footsore and weary

4:15pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir — I can visit one pub and drink myself into a coma. I can purchase 200 cigarettes and smoke the lot in one day (if I so choose).

We like Randolph food and decor

4:14pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – Having read Katherine MacAlister’s restaurant review in The Oxford Times last week, I would like to say that the Randolph Restaurant is our favourite place to dine in Oxford.

Masterplan not good enough

4:13pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – I wonder how many rail station users were able to attend the public consultation on the station masterplan on August 1 and 2 in the Westgate.

City deserves better

4:13pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – The release of the conceptual masterplan for Oxford’s new railway and coach station has raised the prospect of an efficient and gleaming metal and glass structure which will be subject of an international design competition.

Harpies from hell

4:12pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – I am sure your correspondent Philip Cresswell rides a genuinely eco-friendly, quiet-running, electric machine, and that he is a considerate motorcyclist (Letters, July 31). But the motorcyclists I encounter on our roads don’t and aren’t.

West Way ‘Scream’

4:11pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – Doric, the developers behind the controversial plans for West Way in Botley, are so sure that their project is a “done deal” with the Vale of White Horse that they are launching an artwork competition.

Squeezed middle

4:10pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – Does councillor Sanders approve of the Lib Dem policy to provide free lunches for infant pupils (Letters, July 31) or not? She raises two points in response to my letter; firstly, some parents that could afford to pay might benefit.

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