Oxford Council bans buses from Queen Street over safety concerns

Oxford councillors have voted to ban buses and taxis from Queen Street for a total of six months due to concerns for the safety of pedestrians.

The decision was made after the city centre road was made ‘pedestrians only’ from June to November during the redevelopment of the Westgate Shopping Centre.

However, Oxfordshire County Council has now agreed to continue the policy when the centre reopens because of the predicted increase in pedestrians, with an extra 11 million more people expected to use the road

Statistics show around 48 buses per hour use the road and councillors maintained that assurances from the bus companies ‘do not remove our concern over pedestrian safety’.

The decision is yet to be signed off by the government.