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Permanent changes on Oxford Street

24 Nov 2016

The next phase of the work to transform the Oxford Road corridor will begin on Sunday, 20 November, bringing changes to Oxford Street

Junction of Oxford Street and Whitworth Street

The changes are to allow a bus, cycle and pedestrian priority zone between Whitworth Street and Portland Street and include opening the road to two-way traffic.

The most noticeable change is that Oxford Street will have two-way traffic and a new bus gate. Local access traffic will be able to use the outbound side of the street between Portland Street and Whitworth Street. The bus gate at Whitworth Street will restrict access inbound to buses, cycles and hackney carriages only, with all general traffic prohibited between 6am and 9pm and required to turn left into Whitworth Street West.

Other changes include:

  • A no right turn from Whitworth Street into Oxford Street between 6am and 9pm. Buses, cycles and hackney carriages will still be able to make this turn;
  • A no right turn from Oxford Street into Whitworth Street at all times;
  • A no right turn from Oxford Street into Whitworth Street West at all times;
  • A no right turn from Chepstow Street into Oxford Street, except for cycles, at all times.

Highway signage advising drivers of the changes will be visible when the changes go live this Sunday and TfGM will be supporting this in the days before by pushing the message out via our roadside signs.

For many years, traffic in this location has been one-way, so TfGM are raising pedestrians' awareness of the change to two-way traffic flow by installing signs (shown in the photo) on the two main pedestrian crossing points.

This online map shows what’s changed and how the new traffic priorities will work: