Oxford City Council seeks feedback on George Street pedestrianisation

Published: Friday, 18th September 2020

Oxford City Council is seeking feedback on the part-pedestrianisation of George Street, including whether or not residents would like to see the street pedestrianised again in the future, or on a more

The City Council, working with Oxfordshire County Council, closed part of George Street to provide a space for outdoor tables and chairs for up to 10 hospitality businesses.

The pedestrianisation trial has seen the road closed between New Inn Hall Street and Cornmarket Street from 10am to 9pm each day. It began on 22 August and will come to an end on Sunday (20 September).

For more information about the part pedestrianisation of George Street, visit the City Council’s website.

Take part in the public consultation

The City Council is now asking Oxford residents what they thought of the trial, including whether or not it had been a success, whether or not people would like to see George Street pedestrianised again in the future, and whether or not they think other city centre streets should be pedestrianised.

To provide feedback on the George Street pedestrianisation trial, please take part in the online survey.

Wider work to support businesses

The pedestrianisation of George Street is part of a wide range of work to support businesses in Oxford city centre through the coronavirus pandemic, including introducing a one-way pedestrian flow system earlier this year, installing new bike racks across the city, making parking at Oxford’s five park and rides free throughout August, and creating new pedestrianised zones for tables and chairs in St Michael’s Street and elsewhere across the city centre.

“We pedestrianised part of George Street to support hospitality businesses this summer, and we know they have been delighted with the results.

“Now we’d like to get the thoughts of a wider cross section of the public, so if you’ve eaten outside in George Street over the last month or if your bus was diverted to Beaumont Street please do take part in the survey.

“All your comments will be used to help us decide whether or not we should pedestrianise George Street again in the future.”

Councillor Tom Hayes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Green Transport and Zero Carbon Oxford