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Connecting Oxford is a plan to transform travel within Oxford city, reducing congestion and improving air quality for all.

The two councils, Oxford City and Oxfordshire County Council are working on the plan together. This is because while the roads and travel routes are located in the city according to geography, the county council is responsible for maintaining highways across the whole of the county, including all the villages and towns and the city of Oxford. You can read a description of who is responsible for different aspects of roads and highways, including gullies and road maintenance on this page here.

Low Traffic Neighbourhood Oxford

Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN)

An LTN is an area where through-traffic is prevented to create streets with fewer vehicle movements so that residents can enjoy a quieter neighbourhood and feel safer when they walk or cycle. Following the trial implementation of LTNs in Cowley, the council is now planning to expand the trials into new areas of the city.

You can read more about these plans on Oxfordshire Country Council website: proposed new LTNs for Oxford

Although this is not part of the wider Connecting Oxford scheme, it does share similar aims to cut journey times, provide alternative transport options and improve safety.

LTNs can offer a safer environment, where cycling and walking conditions are more pleasant and where these forms of travel, combined with fewer vehicle movements, lead to cleaner air and lower emissions for all. You can read more about Active Travel and LTNs on the following webpages: Active Travel plans 2020-2022

Residents, visitors and local businesses are being asked to share their opinions through a feedback survey on the proposed LTNs before they are implemented. Feedback will be carefully examined and included in the decision-making process.

If the proposed LTNs go ahead, they will be implemented on a six-month experimental basis before any decision is taken on their longer-term status. The council aims to begin the implementation in autumn 2021, subject to initial feedback.

The feedback survey opens on 8 June and closes at 23.59 on 29 June.

To take part in the feedback survey please go to these pages: OxfordshireEastoxfordLTN

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A40 improvements in West Oxfordshire

The delivery of infrastructure is key to supporting sustainable development in Witney, Eynsham and related new developments in West Oxfordshire. Six major schemes are planned which will deliver:

• a new park and ride

• an extension of the dual carriageway around Witney

• new bus lanes and junction improvements.

Although they are not part of Connecting Oxford the plans will support the scheme’s overall aims to reduce congestion and improve air quality, and are to address traffic and transport issues which will result in better transport links, the creation of new jobs and housing, reduced emissions, and more sustainable travel options.

You can read more about the plans on these pages: Oxfordshire transport upgrades.

There is also further information on the following pages, plus information about way to learn more or share your views: Oxfordshire future transport projects.

Preparing Oxfordshire for the electric vehicle revolution

Oxfordshire will be one of the first places in the UK to put in place a comprehensive strategy to make it easier for motorists to join the electric vehicle (EV) revolution.

Although this isn’t part of the Connecting Oxford plan it will help to improve air quality by reducing air pollution from the emissions from traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. Improving air quality is one of the key aims of the Connecting Oxford plan.

On Tuesday (16 March), Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet adopted the Oxfordshire EV infrastructure strategy (OEVIS) that sets out key actions to allow more drivers to go electric by 2025.

You can read more details about this on the following pages of the county council website: Oxfordshire.gov.uk

Oxford City Council first Action Plan for bringing about a net zero carbon city by 2040 or earlier

The Net Zero Oxford Action Plan sets out the actions the City Council is, or will be, taking directly, as well as those in which it is seeking to partner with others.

You can read more information about this plan, which includes transport as one of its six themes on the following pages: Oxford.gov.uk

Residents Panel reveals support for Climate Change Action

The Oxford Residents’ Panel is organised by the City Council and has 550 members and is a representative cross-section of Oxford’s residents. The main aim of the Residents Panel is to ensure the views of a wide range of residents are reflected in consultations that the council runs.

It isn’t part of the Connecting Oxford plan but the Panel does sometimes explore topics which relate to the aims of Connecting Oxford.

In response to the survey among panel members which was carried out between 21 January 2021 and 2 February 2021, where 184 members took part, strong support was expressed for action which tackles air pollution and the effects of climate change.

For example 80% of Panel members strongly agreed or agreed that Oxford must take preventative measures to protect citizens from air pollution, even if it means preventing polluting cars from entering the city, and 86% strongly agreed or agreed that Oxford must take effective measures even if this requires reallocating public space to walking, cycling, and better transport.

You can read more results from the Residents Panel by going to the following page of the City Council website: Survey results reveals concern about climate change.