Popular park-and-ride site expansion begins

County highways chief Rodney Rose, pictured with contractor liaison officer Steve White, back, helps get the work at Thornhill under way

County highways chief Rodney Rose, pictured with contractor liaison officer Steve White, back, helps get the work at Thornhill under way

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WORK has begun on creating 500 extra parking spaces at Thornhill Park- and-Ride.

Oxfordshire County Council said it commissioned the work because the 855-space site was the only park-and-ride in Oxford which was consistently full at 9am.

The £3.6m project is due to be finished in August this year, but the first new spaces should be available from late spring.

The new spaces will be created in a field to the east of the site, on the left as motorists enter the car park.

County council cabinet member for transport Rodney Rose visited the site on Thursday and had a go at operating a JCB to get work under way.

He said: “This park-and-ride not only attracts what it was designed for, which is commuters, but also passengers for the Oxford Tube, the X90 and buses going to Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

“It is sometimes full as early as 8am, and if people come here and can’t park then it is not serving its purpose.

“While there is strong demand at all five park-and-ride sites, Thornhill experiences the greatest pressure, with the car park often filling up to capacity in a short space of time.”

The internal layout of the site will also be changed, to improve the vehicle exit to London Road.

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Cycle parking will be relocated to provide safer, traffic-free access to the site and the short-stay parking area will be improved to try to stop drivers doing U-turns in the access road.

Oxford Brookes graduate Lindsay Rogers, 26, from Thame, said she used to park at Thornhill every day to catch the bus to university. She said: “If you get here before 10am you can get a space, but between 10am and midday there is no hope.”

Parking at Thornhill is currently free up to 11 hours, but costs £3 between 11 and 24 hours, and £3 for every additional 24 hours after that, up to a maximum 72 hours.

However, the county council recently announced it would be scrapping free parking as of April this year, and introducing charges for up to 11 hours.

The exact rates have yet to be decided, but councillors said the charges should be in line with the £2 charge at the city council-run park-and-ride sites, Pear Tree, Seacourt and Redbridge.

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7:51am Sat 19 Jan 13

jhalinson says...

Since the £3 a day charge came in it is no longer full.
Since the £3 a day charge came in it is no longer full. jhalinson
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9:14am Sat 19 Jan 13

Andrew:Oxford says...

It would probably be helpful if, once these 500 spaces were opened, a section of the old car park was closed and rebuilt as a 1500-2000 space multi-storey car park with a "solar farm" on top.

Not only would that significantly enhance availability of spaces, but would also benefit users in winter who are currently arriving back from a days work & a 40 minute bus/100 minute coach journey to find their car is frozen.
It would probably be helpful if, once these 500 spaces were opened, a section of the old car park was closed and rebuilt as a 1500-2000 space multi-storey car park with a "solar farm" on top. Not only would that significantly enhance availability of spaces, but would also benefit users in winter who are currently arriving back from a days work & a 40 minute bus/100 minute coach journey to find their car is frozen. Andrew:Oxford
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6:10pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Grunden Skip says...

“While there is strong demand at all five park-and-ride sites, Thornhill experiences the greatest pressure, with the car park often filling up to capacity in a short space of time.”

Not really Water Eaton is like a ghost town most of the time and doesn't even open/have buses on a sunday. So how about re-routing the airport buses to run to there from The Green Via Banbury Rd and onto the airports non-stop. That way it would split the commuter parking, and help those in North & West Oxford who wouldn't have to come into The Green to catch the coach.
“While there is strong demand at all five park-and-ride sites, Thornhill experiences the greatest pressure, with the car park often filling up to capacity in a short space of time.” Not really Water Eaton is like a ghost town most of the time and doesn't even open/have buses on a sunday. So how about re-routing the airport buses to run to there from The Green Via Banbury Rd and onto the airports non-stop. That way it would split the commuter parking, and help those in North & West Oxford who wouldn't have to come into The Green to catch the coach. Grunden Skip
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5:46am Sun 20 Jan 13

Myron Blatz says...

Good to see that Rodney has finally got himself a 'proper job' - do all County Council digger-dumper operatives get issued with Gucci suits?
Good to see that Rodney has finally got himself a 'proper job' - do all County Council digger-dumper operatives get issued with Gucci suits? Myron Blatz
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12:36pm Sun 20 Jan 13

bart-on simpson says...

I agree with the first comment:

Loads of space, and therefore not as many £3 payments as forecast.

A bit like St Giles parking, after it went to £4 for 2 hours - so much parking space since.

mid-afternoon Saturday 19 January: 5 cars with enough snow on them to know they had stayed for longer than 11 hours, so £15, maybe a little more.

So how long to recoup your/our money, Rodney?
I agree with the first comment: Loads of space, and therefore not as many £3 payments as forecast. A bit like St Giles parking, after it went to £4 for 2 hours - so much parking space since. mid-afternoon Saturday 19 January: 5 cars with enough snow on them to know they had stayed for longer than 11 hours, so £15, maybe a little more. So how long to recoup your/our money, Rodney? bart-on simpson
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7:15pm Sun 20 Jan 13

Grunden Skip says...

bart-on simpson wrote:
I agree with the first comment:

Loads of space, and therefore not as many £3 payments as forecast.

A bit like St Giles parking, after it went to £4 for 2 hours - so much parking space since.

mid-afternoon Saturday 19 January: 5 cars with enough snow on them to know they had stayed for longer than 11 hours, so £15, maybe a little more.

So how long to recoup your/our money, Rodney?
no mate in St Giles that is your £60 a pop parking ticket, now that IS how they make their money.
[quote][p][bold]bart-on simpson[/bold] wrote: I agree with the first comment: Loads of space, and therefore not as many £3 payments as forecast. A bit like St Giles parking, after it went to £4 for 2 hours - so much parking space since. mid-afternoon Saturday 19 January: 5 cars with enough snow on them to know they had stayed for longer than 11 hours, so £15, maybe a little more. So how long to recoup your/our money, Rodney?[/p][/quote]no mate in St Giles that is your £60 a pop parking ticket, now that IS how they make their money. Grunden Skip
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