Following Cabinet approval in June, work is starting on the previously proposed extension to Oxford City Council's Seacourt Park and Ride facilities.
The work will be delivered in partnership with the Council's preferred contractor, Oxford Direct Services Limited. Initial work will entail the erection of necessary office accommodation and welfare facilities for workers as well as securing the site. This work will take approximately three weeks to complete, starting on 5 August. Formal construction operations to build a new bus terminal facility, 595 additional parking spaces and a cycle storage provisions will commence later.
Following initial concern from local interest groups the Council has retained the services of both an ecologist and an archaeologist to provide professional advice at appropriate points in the construction programme. The Council values local interest and aims to ensure the project preserves both local wildlife and Oxford's heritage.
The current programme will see the new facilities open to users by the summer of 2020. As this is a major development there will be some disruption to existing users with a modest reduction in available parking spaces during construction. However, the site will remain open for the duration of the work.
Cllr Alex Hollingsworth, Cabinet Member for Planning and Transport, said: “Seacourt Park and Ride provides a convenient way to access the city centre without having to drive in. As such it is extremely popular with local workers, visitors and tourists and fills up on most days. This much-needed extension will make Seacourt an even better prospect for visitors following the increase in capacity. It will bring additional benefits for Oxford by reducing city centre traffic and congestion which will also help to reduce harmful vehicle emissions.”