Call for tram system and smarter choice of building sites

The Oxford Times: Society chairman Peter Thompson Society chairman Peter Thompson

OXFORDSHIRE should encourage developments close to transport hubs and offer free travel passes, a heritage group said.

Oxford Civic Society has published a report entitled Oxford Futures, arguing that local authorities in the county need to work together more to resolve infrastructure and housing issues.

Society chairman Peter Thompson said a future aim in Oxford should be to reduce car use. One way of doing that, he said, was “to design a new system that becomes the preferred way of getting around”.

A tram or light-rail system could be the answer, Mr Thompson said.

He said: “People will continue moving into cities and that has been the general trend.

“But part of that should not mean building more roads in built-up areas: we should be creating beautiful spaces that people want to live in.”

The report also suggests that new homes should be placed along already established routes and communities should have more say in planning through “development forums.”

To read the report in full, visit oxfordfutures.org.uk

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9:50am Tue 1 Apr 14

Patrick, Devon says...

I agree and applaud the Civic Society for recognising that the Oxord region should be considering a sustainable future, not just clinging onto the preservation of everything as it was. The society should join forces with other forward thinking groups, such as the Witney-Oxford Transport Group.
I agree and applaud the Civic Society for recognising that the Oxord region should be considering a sustainable future, not just clinging onto the preservation of everything as it was. The society should join forces with other forward thinking groups, such as the Witney-Oxford Transport Group. Patrick, Devon
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12:17pm Tue 1 Apr 14

King Joke says...

He is spot-on about building along established routes. So many of our developments are built where there is convenient free land, not in a place you'd actually want to put homes and businesses. Grove Airfield is a classic example of these, nowhere near the established fast bus route to Oxford. Instead you should build along the sides of the A338 between the existing settlement and the Volunteer bridge.

I'm a bit dubious about free passes though. These should be restricted to a few months for people moving into new-builds only, to get them used to getting the bus/tram. Any long-term commitment is more akin to a heavily-subsidised network. With public subsidy comes political interference and the threat that funding can be drastically cut at the next spending review, threatening services. Oxfordshire is an area where the private sector has shown you can build up decent, frequent commercial bus services using the right investment. If we had a tram there would be a need for huge capital investment, this is where public money should be directed, not on subsidised fares.
He is spot-on about building along established routes. So many of our developments are built where there is convenient free land, not in a place you'd actually want to put homes and businesses. Grove Airfield is a classic example of these, nowhere near the established fast bus route to Oxford. Instead you should build along the sides of the A338 between the existing settlement and the Volunteer bridge. I'm a bit dubious about free passes though. These should be restricted to a few months for people moving into new-builds only, to get them used to getting the bus/tram. Any long-term commitment is more akin to a heavily-subsidised network. With public subsidy comes political interference and the threat that funding can be drastically cut at the next spending review, threatening services. Oxfordshire is an area where the private sector has shown you can build up decent, frequent commercial bus services using the right investment. If we had a tram there would be a need for huge capital investment, this is where public money should be directed, not on subsidised fares. King Joke
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5:12pm Wed 2 Apr 14

bored321 says...

a light rail compatible with stranded trains would be good (trains to london)and freight etc
a light rail compatible with stranded trains would be good (trains to london)and freight etc bored321
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