The Government has asked all local authorities to introduce emergency transport schemes to facilitate safe, socially distanced transport links (particularly walking and cycling) to help restart the local economy whilst controlling the spread of Covid-19.
Temporary bus gates have been proposed for Oxford city centre. The bus gates aim to create an environment which is safer for pedestrians and cyclists. This is to be achieved through ensuring quicker, more frequent buses on less congested roads. It will potentially allow road space to be reallocated to create an improved pedestrian and cycling environment.
Under normal conditions, vehicles use the city centre as a cut through. The aim is to reduce the use of the city centre as a through-route, thereby cutting traffic levels and congestion within and on the approaches to the centre, to reboot the local economy and support local businesses.
Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) have now launched a public survey to help inform the proposals, including a list of frequently asked questions addressing comments that have already been submitted to the councils.
More details of the proposals and the survey can be accessed on the OCC website. The deadline for comments is 9th August 2020.