Oxford introduced the first Park & Ride scheme in the world in the 1970s. The scheme has proved successful in containing traffic in the city and become a model adopted by cities around the world to address their own congestion problems.


The plan is to build on this success by developing further the connections and accessibility of Park & Rides to meet the aims of Connecting Oxford of less traffic congestion, greater connectivity and improved air quality for all.

Why do we need to improve Park & Rides around Oxford?

There are currently substantial delays on all approaches to the Oxford ring road, with particular hotspots located to the west (A420, A40), north-west (A44) and south (A34, A4074) during the morning period.

To reduce congestion on the approaches to the city, it has become necessary to ‘intercept’ car trips further away from the city.

Morning arrivals at the Peartree, Water Eaton, Redbridge and Seacourt P&R sites contribute, in particular, to traffic using the three A34 interchanges to the west of the city. Removing this demand by encouraging car users to park still further from the city would have an immediate positive impact on the operation of the A34 and the other roads that it intersects as vehicles using the sites would no longer need to cross it.

Where will future traffic come from?

Future housing and employment growth within Oxfordshire is set to further exacerbate congestion on the A34, the outer ring-road and other corridors that feed into the city, unless traffic can be reduced before it reaches them.

The overall expansion of the Park & Ride system is needed to meet forecast levels of demand. Five new outer Park & Ride sites are therefore proposed by 2050.

Any plans would be subject to consultation, and we welcome any ideas or suggestions. To register your interest in taking part in public consultations or discussion about Park & Rides, or any other aspect of the Connecting Oxford plans when they take place, please go to: register views and news.

Linking outer Park & Rides directly to rapid transport lines will also mean quicker journey times to and from the city, which will help to improve the increase in distance travelled on mass transit and dedicated Park & Ride services.

All of these corridors have direct access to the ring-road and city, and are on routes that will pass through more residential areas so will have a greater potential catchment than existing sites.

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