Queen Street comeback

Bus users have welcomed the decision to allow buses back on Oxford’s Queen Street following intervention by the Department for Transport.

Extensive campaigning by Oxford bus companies, Bus Users Oxford and Bus Users UK, has seen Oxford County Council forced to allow buses back onto Queen Street following a temporary reprieve by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling.

The ban, which was supported by just 33% of residents in the Council’s own consultation, would have seen 149,000 miles added to bus journeys and created congestion and pollution problems in other areas.

Hugh Jaeger, Chair of Bus Users Oxford believes bus numbers on Queen Street are being cut by stealth. Speaking to the Oxford Mail he said: “The number of buses using Queen Street was halved in 2009 and now it is being reduced again so it’s death by salami slicing”. Bus Users Oxford wants to see enough buses returned to the area to reduce congestion in nearby St Aldates.

A final decision on whether to let buses back on Queen Street permanently has yet to be made.

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