Consultation on trial traffic filters 2022

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Consultation on the trial traffic filters in Oxford has now concluded. The feedback from the consultation will be analysed and reported for a cabinet decision on 29 November 2022.

Introduction

We are proposing six trial traffic filters on key routes across Oxford to improve bus services and journey times, reduce walking and cycling accidents and improve air quality across the city. We are proposing to introduce them under an experimental traffic regulation order (ETRO) from summer 2023.

Anyone can provide feedback on the proposed trial by filling in the SURVEY, which will be open from 5 September (12 noon) to 13 October 2022 (midnight) and only needs to be completed once. We encourage you to read the consultation brochure, supporting information and documents - and looks at the location maps - before having your say.

Supporting information

What are traffic filters and how will they work

Traffic filters are designed to reduce traffic levels across the city, making bus journeys quicker and more reliable and walking and cycling safer and more attractive. When they are operating, private cars will not be allowed through without a permit. All other vehicles including buses, coaches, taxis, vans, mopeds, motorbikes and HGVs will be allowed at all times. Residents in Oxford and some areas just outside the city will be able to apply for a permit allowing them to drive through the traffic filters on up to 100 days per year. You can view a map of the permit area here: Map of traffic filter permit area | Consultation on trial traffic filters 2022 | Let's Talk Oxfordshire

The traffic filters will be monitored by automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras.

Everywhere in the city can still be reached by car, although car drivers without a permit (see below) will need to use a different route during the hours of operation of the traffic filters.

Why are we proposing traffic filters?

Across our county, we want to reduce unnecessary journeys by private vehicles and make walking, cycling, public and shared transport the natural first choice.

This will help us deliver an affordable, sustainable and inclusive transport system that enables the county to thrive whilst protecting the environment and making Oxfordshire a better place to live for all residents.

Traffic filters are part of Oxfordshire County Council’s central Oxfordshire travel plan (which is also open for consultation until 13 October 2022). The proposed traffic filters are expected to:

  • Reduce traffic levels by around 20% across the city within the ring road.
  • Reduce traffic levels by more than a third within the city centre.
  • Increase bus and Park and Ride use by up to 10%.
  • Enable new and improved bus routes.
  • Reduce overall accidents within the city by up to 15%.
  • Significantly improve air quality due to traffic reductions.
  • Increase cycle mode share by over 10%.

Proposed locations

A zoomable map of the traffic filter locations is available here: Map of traffic filter locations | Consultation on trial traffic filters 2022 | Let's Talk Oxfordshire

The current proposals include six traffic filters. Three of these will be located in the city centre on:

  • St Cross Road (immediately south of its junction with Manor Road)
  • Thames Street (immediately east of its junction with Blackfriars Road)
  • Hythe Bridge Street (immediately west of its junction with Rewley Road)

The remaining three filters will be located on:

  • St Clements (immediately east of its junction with Boulter Street and Jeune Street)
  • Marston Ferry Road (immediately west of the access to The Swan School)
  • Hollow Way (between James Wolfe Road and Dene Road)

The St Clements traffic filter is new compared to previously published proposals in 2019.

Who will be exempt from travelling through the traffic filters?

For the trial phase, it is currently proposed the following vehicles will be exempt from the traffic filters. This means they can travel freely, at all times and without applying for a permit.

  • Buses
  • Coaches
  • Taxis
  • Private hire vehicles
  • Mopeds
  • Motorbikes
  • Vans
  • HGVs
  • Special vehicles such as emergency services.

Free permits for private cars will be available for:

  • Blue badge holders (either driving the car or being driven in the car) and disabled tax class vehicles
  • Non-professional carers (in receipt of carer’s allowance)
  • Professional health and care workers (for operational journeys, not commuting)
  • Businesses within the permit area using a private car as a goods vehicle
  • Residential properties within the permit area eligible for 100 day passes per vehicle per year (up to a max of 3 vehicles per household and one vehicle per person)
  • Community transport vehicles
  • Those in receipt of mobility-related benefits
  • Those in receipt of direct travel payments.

Car permits will be available for all residents and businesses (subject to conditions) located in:

  • Oxford City Council’s administrative area
  • North Hinksey Parish
  • South Hinksey Parish
  • Cumnor Parish east of the A420, including Botley, Dean Court, Cumnor Hill, Chawley and parts of Cumnor.
Transport and traffic forecasting reports (added 21 October 2022)

The traffic modelling reports have recently been completed and are now available to view.

The transport and traffic forecasting report provides details and results of the transport modelling carried out on the trial traffic filters proposal.

The local model validation report explains how the transport model was developed to predict impacts of transport plans and projects.

What consultation and engagement has already happened?

The concept of traffic filters was first introduced in 2015 in the Oxford Transport Strategy which was part of the county’s local transport plan. We have been engaging with our partners and residents over the last few years. In particular, over the last 6 months, we have been meeting and listening to a wide range of groups including businesses and residents. The latest proposals have changed, taking into account feedback from all of that engagement as well as the results of ongoing technical work, for example residents’ day passes, exemptions for HGVs and vans etc.

Decision-making

The county council’s cabinet members will consider feedback from this consultation alongside the results of technical assessments before making a decision on introducing the trial traffic filters.

If the cabinet decides to implement the trial traffic filters, they will be introduced under an experimental traffic regulation order (ETRO) next summer for a minimum of six months.

During this trial period, the county council will collect information on the effects of the scheme such as changes in traffic levels and bus journey times and also invite residents, businesses and other stakeholders for their views.

A formal consultation will run for the first six months of the trial period where people can submit their feedback based on their experience of the traffic filters.

At the end of the trial (which could last longer than the first six months, up to a maximum of 18 months), the council will make a decision on whether to make the traffic filters permanent and finalising the exemptions, timings and locations based on all the information collected and feedback received.

Ask for the materials in a different format


Printed copies of survey will be available from 5 September in the following locations:


  1. Abingdon Library, The Charter, Abingdon, OX14 3LY
  2. Blackbird Leys Library, Blackbird Leys Road, Oxford, OX4 6HT
  3. Botley Library, Elms Court, Botley, OX2 9LP
  4. Cowley Library, Temple Rd, Oxford, OX4 2EZ
  5. Eynsham Library, 30 Mill Street, Eynsham, OX29 4JS
  6. Headington Library, North Place, Headington, OX3 9HY
  7. Kennington Library, The Village Centre, Kennington, OX1 5PG
  8. Kidlington Library, 23 Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 2BP
  9. Littlemore, The Oxford Academy Campus, Sandy Lane West, Littlemore, OX4 6JZ
  10. Old Marston Library Mortimer Hall, Oxford Road, Old Marston, OX3 0PH
  11. Summertown Library, South Parade, Summertown, OX2 7JN
  12. Wheatley Library, The Merry Bells, High Street Wheatley, OX33 1XP
  13. Oxford County Library, Westgate, Oxford, OX1 1DJ

Due to the period of mourning for the Queen we extended the closing date for the trial traffic filters consultation to October 13, 2022.

Engagement event

We hosted two engagement events to explain the proposals in more detail and answer questions.

The first event took place in person at Wesley Memorial Hall. The second event took place virtually, and can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/-zKO6C7za1g

Consultation on the trial traffic filters in Oxford has now concluded. The feedback from the consultation will be analysed and reported for a cabinet decision on 29 November 2022.

Introduction

We are proposing six trial traffic filters on key routes across Oxford to improve bus services and journey times, reduce walking and cycling accidents and improve air quality across the city. We are proposing to introduce them under an experimental traffic regulation order (ETRO) from summer 2023.

Anyone can provide feedback on the proposed trial by filling in the SURVEY, which will be open from 5 September (12 noon) to 13 October 2022 (midnight) and only needs to be completed once. We encourage you to read the consultation brochure, supporting information and documents - and looks at the location maps - before having your say.

Supporting information

What are traffic filters and how will they work

Traffic filters are designed to reduce traffic levels across the city, making bus journeys quicker and more reliable and walking and cycling safer and more attractive. When they are operating, private cars will not be allowed through without a permit. All other vehicles including buses, coaches, taxis, vans, mopeds, motorbikes and HGVs will be allowed at all times. Residents in Oxford and some areas just outside the city will be able to apply for a permit allowing them to drive through the traffic filters on up to 100 days per year. You can view a map of the permit area here: Map of traffic filter permit area | Consultation on trial traffic filters 2022 | Let's Talk Oxfordshire

The traffic filters will be monitored by automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras.

Everywhere in the city can still be reached by car, although car drivers without a permit (see below) will need to use a different route during the hours of operation of the traffic filters.

Why are we proposing traffic filters?

Across our county, we want to reduce unnecessary journeys by private vehicles and make walking, cycling, public and shared transport the natural first choice.

This will help us deliver an affordable, sustainable and inclusive transport system that enables the county to thrive whilst protecting the environment and making Oxfordshire a better place to live for all residents.

Traffic filters are part of Oxfordshire County Council’s central Oxfordshire travel plan (which is also open for consultation until 13 October 2022). The proposed traffic filters are expected to:

  • Reduce traffic levels by around 20% across the city within the ring road.
  • Reduce traffic levels by more than a third within the city centre.
  • Increase bus and Park and Ride use by up to 10%.
  • Enable new and improved bus routes.
  • Reduce overall accidents within the city by up to 15%.
  • Significantly improve air quality due to traffic reductions.
  • Increase cycle mode share by over 10%.

Proposed locations

A zoomable map of the traffic filter locations is available here: Map of traffic filter locations | Consultation on trial traffic filters 2022 | Let's Talk Oxfordshire

The current proposals include six traffic filters. Three of these will be located in the city centre on:

  • St Cross Road (immediately south of its junction with Manor Road)
  • Thames Street (immediately east of its junction with Blackfriars Road)
  • Hythe Bridge Street (immediately west of its junction with Rewley Road)

The remaining three filters will be located on:

  • St Clements (immediately east of its junction with Boulter Street and Jeune Street)
  • Marston Ferry Road (immediately west of the access to The Swan School)
  • Hollow Way (between James Wolfe Road and Dene Road)

The St Clements traffic filter is new compared to previously published proposals in 2019.

Who will be exempt from travelling through the traffic filters?

For the trial phase, it is currently proposed the following vehicles will be exempt from the traffic filters. This means they can travel freely, at all times and without applying for a permit.

  • Buses
  • Coaches
  • Taxis
  • Private hire vehicles
  • Mopeds
  • Motorbikes
  • Vans
  • HGVs
  • Special vehicles such as emergency services.

Free permits for private cars will be available for:

  • Blue badge holders (either driving the car or being driven in the car) and disabled tax class vehicles
  • Non-professional carers (in receipt of carer’s allowance)
  • Professional health and care workers (for operational journeys, not commuting)
  • Businesses within the permit area using a private car as a goods vehicle
  • Residential properties within the permit area eligible for 100 day passes per vehicle per year (up to a max of 3 vehicles per household and one vehicle per person)
  • Community transport vehicles
  • Those in receipt of mobility-related benefits
  • Those in receipt of direct travel payments.

Car permits will be available for all residents and businesses (subject to conditions) located in:

  • Oxford City Council’s administrative area
  • North Hinksey Parish
  • South Hinksey Parish
  • Cumnor Parish east of the A420, including Botley, Dean Court, Cumnor Hill, Chawley and parts of Cumnor.
Transport and traffic forecasting reports (added 21 October 2022)

The traffic modelling reports have recently been completed and are now available to view.

The transport and traffic forecasting report provides details and results of the transport modelling carried out on the trial traffic filters proposal.

The local model validation report explains how the transport model was developed to predict impacts of transport plans and projects.

What consultation and engagement has already happened?

The concept of traffic filters was first introduced in 2015 in the Oxford Transport Strategy which was part of the county’s local transport plan. We have been engaging with our partners and residents over the last few years. In particular, over the last 6 months, we have been meeting and listening to a wide range of groups including businesses and residents. The latest proposals have changed, taking into account feedback from all of that engagement as well as the results of ongoing technical work, for example residents’ day passes, exemptions for HGVs and vans etc.

Decision-making

The county council’s cabinet members will consider feedback from this consultation alongside the results of technical assessments before making a decision on introducing the trial traffic filters.

If the cabinet decides to implement the trial traffic filters, they will be introduced under an experimental traffic regulation order (ETRO) next summer for a minimum of six months.

During this trial period, the county council will collect information on the effects of the scheme such as changes in traffic levels and bus journey times and also invite residents, businesses and other stakeholders for their views.

A formal consultation will run for the first six months of the trial period where people can submit their feedback based on their experience of the traffic filters.

At the end of the trial (which could last longer than the first six months, up to a maximum of 18 months), the council will make a decision on whether to make the traffic filters permanent and finalising the exemptions, timings and locations based on all the information collected and feedback received.

Ask for the materials in a different format


Printed copies of survey will be available from 5 September in the following locations:


  1. Abingdon Library, The Charter, Abingdon, OX14 3LY
  2. Blackbird Leys Library, Blackbird Leys Road, Oxford, OX4 6HT
  3. Botley Library, Elms Court, Botley, OX2 9LP
  4. Cowley Library, Temple Rd, Oxford, OX4 2EZ
  5. Eynsham Library, 30 Mill Street, Eynsham, OX29 4JS
  6. Headington Library, North Place, Headington, OX3 9HY
  7. Kennington Library, The Village Centre, Kennington, OX1 5PG
  8. Kidlington Library, 23 Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 2BP
  9. Littlemore, The Oxford Academy Campus, Sandy Lane West, Littlemore, OX4 6JZ
  10. Old Marston Library Mortimer Hall, Oxford Road, Old Marston, OX3 0PH
  11. Summertown Library, South Parade, Summertown, OX2 7JN
  12. Wheatley Library, The Merry Bells, High Street Wheatley, OX33 1XP
  13. Oxford County Library, Westgate, Oxford, OX1 1DJ

Due to the period of mourning for the Queen we extended the closing date for the trial traffic filters consultation to October 13, 2022.

Engagement event

We hosted two engagement events to explain the proposals in more detail and answer questions.

The first event took place in person at Wesley Memorial Hall. The second event took place virtually, and can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/-zKO6C7za1g

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Oxfordshire County Council is consulting on the use of an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) to trial the use of six traffic filters in the City of Oxford.  We last consulted in 2019 and have since conducted extensive stakeholder engagement. As a result, a number of changes are now being proposed, including new exemptions for the filters.

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