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Connecting Oxford draws on the best experiences from other cities in UK and Europe, where quality of life and business opportunities have been improved through changes to transport and travel.

What is Connecting Oxford?

Icon of a bus to show how Connecting Oxford will help improve public transport

Rapid transit public transport service with more routes, more connections, and faster journeys

Icon of person on a bike to show how Connecting Oxford will help improve cycling and walking routes

A connected-up network of high-quality walking and cycling paths across the city

Icon of vehicles on a road to show how Connecting Oxford will help to reduce traffic congestion

Fewer commuter vehicles coming in to park, reducing congestion and supporting faster travel for all

The schemes proposed in Connecting Oxford form a special part of the Oxford Transport Strategy (OTS).

To read this publication in full please go to: Oxford Transport Strategy

The Oxford Transport Strategy is reviewed every five years and new work has already begun on it.

To be invited to take part in future consultations when they open please go to: register views and news

How Connecting Oxford will reduce traffic congestion comparing 200 people in cars, buses, on bikes or on foot

How does travel affect people and places?

Consider the difference changing the way we travel could make to Oxford.

We want to ensure Oxford and the surrounding area continues to be an extraordinary place to live and work. We need to ensure its rich history can shine out for all to enjoy, while its future business and sense of community and diversity is not reduced by traffic congestion and pollution.

We also want to become a zero-carbon county and Connecting Oxford will help us meet this goal. Changing the way we travel is crucial to achieving this.

Connecting Oxford is a series of schemes which will take effect from 2023, to transform travel and air quality in Oxford. To find out more about the inspiration and details behind Connecting Oxford from the initial consultation in 2019 please go to: Oxfordshire.gov.uk or read this summary document: Connecting Oxford

At the heart of Connecting Oxford are:

(1) a number of traffic filters (like the existing bus gate access restriction on High Street);

(2) a Workplace Parking Levy.

These measures will help reduce traffic and raise funds to improve bus services in the parts of the city where they are needed most, such as the Eastern Arc – this is an area outside the city centre that links parts of North Oxford, Marston, Headington and Cowley.

They would also make walking and cycling for everyday journeys easier by reducing the number of vehicles on the road and providing the means to build new cycle routes.

The impact of Covid-19 on Connecting Oxford

Covid-19 has changed the way we work and travel, and these changes will undoubtedly have a long term impact, perhaps with more people working from home and reduced journeys. Since the first lockdown in 2020, traffic levels have gradually crept back up and by December had reached 90% of pre lockdown levels in Oxford. Despite this traffic reduction, new homes and population growth projections suggest that pollution and congestion will continue to increase and could stifle the city in a few years. Doing nothing is not an option.