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  • Writer's pictureJohn Woodman

Park and Ride Works

Another notable feature of the Oxford bus network and joined up transport strategies of both road and rail is the success of park and ride services which are a strategic feature of Oxford's determination to reduce traffic volume within the city central area.

All of the main roads leading into Oxford (with one exception) have large staffed park and ride sites prominently well marked for motorists. To encourage their use the local bus operator together with the city council provide high frequency dedicated services into and out of Oxford. These use prominently branded double deck buses that enjoy bus priority lanes from the P+R sites.

A smart (and busy) park and ride centre opened up to the north of the city at a new railway station (Oxford Parkway) which serves Chiltern Trains fast direct service to London Marylebone via Bicester Village. The new station also serves nearby Kidlington which has a growing population just to the north of Oxford and next to the heavily used A34 carrying traffic from the Midlands to Reading and Southampton.

Even following a Park + Ride bus extols drivers to consider better options to get to Oxford's many cultural and leisure venues (and there are certainly an impressive cluster). Pear Tree is the name given to one of the Park + Ride facilities (off the A34).

The Best Way Into Oxford by Car - no modesty by this operator !

All city centre (and many more) shelters carry bus service arrival times in real time. Blackpool please take note. Bus Stops themselves are clearly signed and come with detailed timetables of services.

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