Multi-storey car park opened at Banbury Station

A NEW multi-storey car park has been opened by the Minister for Transport at Banbury Station.

Baroness Kramer cut the ribbon of the 707-space, four-storey car park which is part of a £10m investment in the future of the station.

Located off Bridge Street, it has access to the station via a covered walkway and bridge to the concourse and platforms.

It is the first stage in the redevelopment of the station which will also see a new station bridge, waiting area and toilets.

On Monday, Baroness Kramer said: “I was pleased to open Banbury station’s new car park, which will make a huge difference for its increasing number of passengers.

“Our funding has helped create a more attractive, environmentally friendly and passenger-focused station, thanks to its new cycling facilities and electric car-charging capacity.’’ Rob Brighouse, managing director at Chiltern Railways, said: “The car park is a real milestone for Banbury Station and is part of our ongoing commitment to give our passengers a high-quality experience of travelling with us.”

The venture has caused some controversy in the town after it was passed after a U-turn vote by Cherwell councillors in March 2013.

Planning officer Simon Dean said at a meeting in February last year that the development would have an “unacceptable level of over-dominance” over flats in Merton Road and would leave an unacceptable traffic imprint.

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12:58pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

It's great that the local authority saw sense and allowed the building of this car park.

Most reasonable minded individuals would have been more than aware that had parking facilities not improved at Banbury - commuters would have simply voted with their wheels and driven to the new Oxford Parkway station or to Bicester instead.
It's great that the local authority saw sense and allowed the building of this car park. Most reasonable minded individuals would have been more than aware that had parking facilities not improved at Banbury - commuters would have simply voted with their wheels and driven to the new Oxford Parkway station or to Bicester instead. Andrew:Oxford
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8:27am Sun 6 Jul 14

Myron Blatz says...

What Oxford also needs. Lack of affordable parking in central Oxford has become a sick joke, with Labour-led City Council wanting more and more tourists and shoppers, but with less and less parking - and virtually no free parking spaces. Same goes for rail passenger parking in central Oxford, where the 'common greed factor' wants more and more rail users at ever-higher fares to maintain shareholder dividends, but with ever-decreasing parking spaces for rail passengers to use. Instead, rail passengers are encouraged to use the deregulated and privatised bus services to reach Oxford's rail station - which these days seems cunningly disguised as a branch of M&S, rather than the gateway to Britain operated by First Great Western - but don't offer two trips for the weekend and a free bottle of wine for just £10!
What Oxford also needs. Lack of affordable parking in central Oxford has become a sick joke, with Labour-led City Council wanting more and more tourists and shoppers, but with less and less parking - and virtually no free parking spaces. Same goes for rail passenger parking in central Oxford, where the 'common greed factor' wants more and more rail users at ever-higher fares to maintain shareholder dividends, but with ever-decreasing parking spaces for rail passengers to use. Instead, rail passengers are encouraged to use the deregulated and privatised bus services to reach Oxford's rail station - which these days seems cunningly disguised as a branch of M&S, rather than the gateway to Britain operated by First Great Western - but don't offer two trips for the weekend and a free bottle of wine for just £10! Myron Blatz
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7:13pm Sun 6 Jul 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
What Oxford also needs. Lack of affordable parking in central Oxford has become a sick joke, with Labour-led City Council wanting more and more tourists and shoppers, but with less and less parking - and virtually no free parking spaces. Same goes for rail passenger parking in central Oxford, where the 'common greed factor' wants more and more rail users at ever-higher fares to maintain shareholder dividends, but with ever-decreasing parking spaces for rail passengers to use. Instead, rail passengers are encouraged to use the deregulated and privatised bus services to reach Oxford's rail station - which these days seems cunningly disguised as a branch of M&S, rather than the gateway to Britain operated by First Great Western - but don't offer two trips for the weekend and a free bottle of wine for just £10!
I doubt if many rail users would express delight if the M&S at the Railway Station closed down...

It's surprising that a major grocer hasn't opened a local/metro unit in the derelict restaurant on Frideswide Square. Saying that, once Waitrose opens the other major grocers will be desperately seeking sites nearby.
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: What Oxford also needs. Lack of affordable parking in central Oxford has become a sick joke, with Labour-led City Council wanting more and more tourists and shoppers, but with less and less parking - and virtually no free parking spaces. Same goes for rail passenger parking in central Oxford, where the 'common greed factor' wants more and more rail users at ever-higher fares to maintain shareholder dividends, but with ever-decreasing parking spaces for rail passengers to use. Instead, rail passengers are encouraged to use the deregulated and privatised bus services to reach Oxford's rail station - which these days seems cunningly disguised as a branch of M&S, rather than the gateway to Britain operated by First Great Western - but don't offer two trips for the weekend and a free bottle of wine for just £10![/p][/quote]I doubt if many rail users would express delight if the M&S at the Railway Station closed down... It's surprising that a major grocer hasn't opened a local/metro unit in the derelict restaurant on Frideswide Square. Saying that, once Waitrose opens the other major grocers will be desperately seeking sites nearby. Andrew:Oxford
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