Connecting Oxfordshire – a vision for transport
7 April 2014
On 3 April Ian Hudspeth, Leader of Oxfordshire County Council, presented his vision for new transport networks in the county. Around 80,000 new jobs and 100,000 new homes are expected to come to the county by 2031. Under the title “Connecting Oxfordshire” Ian Hudspeth outlined how the County Council is rising to the challenge of ensuring that investment in transport matches growth in jobs, housing and hi-tech industry beyond 2020.
You can watch his introduction in this short video.
As the transport authority, Oxfordshire County Council is about to starting consulting over its new transport plan. This is a strategic document that shapes the long term development and improvement of the transport network. Also to be called Connecting Oxfordshire, it will be “a robust evidence-based plan for developing the 21st century transport system” outlined in Cllr Hudspeth’s presentation. He recognised that significant private sector investment will be needed. “Connecting Oxfordshire is about starting the debate on how we can work together to make it happen”, he said.
Among a number of innovative ideas in the presentation were:
- re-opening the Cowley branch railway line to passenger traffic
- trams or some other light transit system running into St Giles from the airport at Kidlington
- a monorail alongside the Oxford Ring Road
Read the County’s full announcement of the Connecting Oxfordshire presentation here, which also has links to the full briefing and a slideshow.