Frideswide Square in Oxford, adjacent to the Rail Station, is to undergo a major change of layout and face lift from Monday 16th February, lasting through to December 2015.
To summarise, the traffic lights will be replaced with mini roundabouts, all traffic will pass through the current bus – only area and our bus stops will be moved from the Square into Park End Street.
For now I will deal with the first two phases of work and then update before each new phase commences.
From Monday 16th February for one week, mainly overnight work will occur [overnight = 20:00 start or even 19:00 in some cases!] to remove the current traffic lights and install temporary lights which will be set to the same operational pattern as the current ones, but will have a manual override during the daytime. The traffic islands will be removed and mini roundabouts and the necessary signage constructed. There will be no change to route or stops during this week.
From Monday 23rd February until further notice [“July” is the estimate given] all traffic will be diverted through the current bus only road, the bus stops will be removed and the new roundabouts introduced – one at the junction of Park End Street/Hollybush Row/Frideswide Square, another at the Botley Road/Station access/Frideswide Square junction and a third [not affecting us] at the junction of Hythe Bridge Street/Rewley Road/Frideswide Square. The temporary traffic lights will be switched off but will remain in place in case they need to be used whilst the changes “settle down”.
The 280 will no longer stop in Frideswide Square but will now serve bus stops in Park End Street in both directions. That going to the Rail Station will be permanent and will replace stop E7 outside Las Iguanas as well as the Frideswide Square stop and will be sited immediately before the junction with Hollybush Row. That towards the City Centre will be sited outside Staples Office Supplies building as a temporary measure.
Delays can be expected, especially during the first week or so. Extra time was allowed for in the November timetable change but this was mainly for Headington roadworks [finishing end of April]. There will be further additional time added in from the next timetable change on the 280, provisionally 19th April, which will include a large increase in time in the morning peak.
Further updates as work progresses.