Oxford City Council has taken over the operational management of Oxfordshire County Council’s Thornhill and Oxford Parkway (formerly Water Eaton) park and ride sites, through its trading arm Oxford Direct Services. Previously, the City Council ran three park and ride sites at Redbridge, Seacourt and Pear Tree, while Oxfordshire County Council was responsible for running Thornhill and Oxford Parkway.
All five sites will now have ticket machines supplied by the same manufacturer for paying on the day, making it easy for drivers to use any of the five sites, and pay in much the same way regardless of the site they choose. The two councils will be working together to ensure that the sites contribute to reducing congestion in the city by continuing to be an attractive option for people visiting and working in Oxford.
Councillor Alex Hollingsworth, Oxford City Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Sustainable Transport said “Bringing all Oxford’s park and rides together under single management means that the service will be easier for customers to use and more efficient for the councils to run. Season tickets will now work on every site, meaning that users can pick whatever car park suits them best, making it even easier and more convenient to use the park and rides instead of driving into the city.”
The cashless system RingGo was also introduced to all the park and rides in August to offer more ways of payment to the users.