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Driving and Parking
Driving and Parking
The one-way system and pedestrian priority areas are designed to keep traffic out of the city centre. For this reason we strongly recommend the use of the Park & Ride services when coming into town.
Park and Ride
The Park & Rides are all located on the Oxford Ring Road. A charge is made for parking in addition to the charge imposed by the bus company for the fare into Oxford. Parking is free, and the cost of the bus ride from any of the Park & Ride facilities is £2.20 off-peak return or £4 for two adults travelling together. Accompanied children under 16 go free. Please note that if you are staying in Oxford overnight a return ticket may not be valid (please check with the driver before purchasing your ticket). The approximate journey time from any of the Park & Ride sites is 10-15 minutes, and services leave at regular intervals throughout operating hours.
Details of each Park & Ride are below, including information about the boarding points to return to the car park from the city centre. Precise departure times can be obtained by telephoning the Oxford Park & Ride information line on 01865 785400, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The national park & Ride website also lists accurate timetables for these services: http://www.parkandride.net/oxford.
Pear Tree - Route 300 (to the north of Oxford, off the A34)
Number of parking spaces: 1102
Return journey starts: New Road (outside Nuffield college, not evenings or Saturdays), or Magdalen Street (west), stop C3 (outside the Odeon cinema).
Water Eaton - Route 500 (to the north of Oxford, off the A4260)
Number of parking spaces: 798
Return journey starts: Magdalen Street (west), stop C3 (outside the Odean cinema).
Thornhill - Route 400 (to the east of Oxford, off the A40)
Number of parking spaces: 845
Return journey starts: Queen's Street, stop F5.
Redbridge - Route 300 (to the south of Oxford, off the A4142)
Number of parking spaces: 1374
Return journey starts: George Street (outside Alliance & Leicester, not evenings or Saturdays), or New Road (outside Nuffield college, not evenings or Saturdays), or St. Aldates, stop H1 (outside Town Hall).
Seacourt - Route 400 (to the west of Oxford, off the A34)
Number of parking spaces: 792
Return journey starts: High Street, stop I1, or Castle Street, or Park End Street.
The main on-street parking areas are at St Giles, Beaumont Street and Walton Street. Prices vary depending on location but a rough guide is as follows:
Monday-Saturday daytime (8am-6.30pm): 1hr is £2; 2hrs (max stay) is £3
Evenings (6.30pm-8am): Free; no time limit.
Sunday daytime (8am - 6.30pm): Free; 2hr (max stay)
NB: Even though Sunday parking is free, you must still get a free-of-charge pay and display ticket from the machine before 6.30pm.
City Car Parks
If you must take your car into the city, there is a pay-and-display system for the main parking places. Buy a ticket from the machine and display it prominently on your windscreen. Do be warned: wardens heavily patrol the city and will most likely be by your car the second the ticket runs out.
- Abbey Place (120 spaces) - Opposite the ice-rink
- Gloucester green (100 spaces) - Underground close to the centre
- Oxpens (75 spaces) - Next to the ice-rink
- St Clements (120 spaces) - Near Magdalen Bridge
- Railway Station (400 spaces) - Daily rates for rail and non-rail users
- South Parks Road (200 spaces) - Saturdays only in the University Science area
- Other on-street pay-and-display parking mainly in Broad Street and St Giles (386 spaces)
- Worcester Street (190 spaces)
- Westgate (1225 spaces) - City Centre (currently closed for renovations - due to re-open late Oct 2017)
Parking for those with disabled badges
There are 90 parking bays allocated places for disabled drivers which are dotted around the city. To park in these spaces a disabled (blue) badge must be displayed showing the number and the clock. Disabled badge holders are able to park for unlimited periods without charge in on-street pay and display and residents' parking spaces. Parking is usually permitted for up to 3 hours on single or double yellow lines, but some restrictions do apply (for example in loading areas). Refer to guidance issued with the Disabled Badge for details of restrictions. Police and traffic wardens are helpful. The largest concentration of disabled pay and display spaces can be found in the car parks in Broad Street, St Giles and New Inn Hall Street, opposite college. Please see the attached map for more details.
To apply for a Disabled (Blue) Badge see the disability contacts page for Oxfordshire Social Services' contact details (http://www.oxford.gov.uk/community/accessible-parking.cfm).
Note: Disabled persons showing both parts of the Orange Badge may park for free in any of the on-street parking spaces, but standard charges will apply in the off-street car parks.
1. Gloucester Green
This underground car park is the most secure place to leave your car overnight as it is monitored by CCTV and kept locked between midnight and 7.30am (no access to your vehicle is allowed during this time). Drivers must apply for a permit in advance of their visit to Oxford, giving at least a week's notice (01865 794307). The cost reflects the extra security and is £25.50 for 24 hrs.
2. Worcester Street
24hr tickets cost £18.20 and drivers must enter registration numbers on arrival. The machine takes notes. This car park doesn't have the advantage of paying on departure and it's close proximity to pubs and clubs should make it the last choice for drivers.