Oxford 2050 - Transport and Connectivity

What should Oxford look like in 2050?

Driverless cars, robots in the home, 24-hour flexible working and augmented high streets. Oxford could look very different in the future, and now Oxford City Council is leading a wide-ranging consultation to find out how Oxford residents and businesses want to see their city in 2050.

Government forecasts suggest Oxford’s population will be 180,000 by 2040 and so there could be 190,000 living in the city by the middle of the century. That’s 18 per cent above the city’s current population of 161,000 people – and the City Council wants to start thinking now about how the city will operate.

The consultation launches on 06/11/17 at www.oxford2050.com and asks people for their thoughts on where they would like to see Oxford in 33 years – across five key themes that cover all aspects of life in the city.

The themes are:

  1. Oxford’s work and learning – your work, your business, the economy, education and the universities
  2. Oxford’s people and community – you, your family and your community
  3. Oxford’s built and natural environment – your home, your street, green spaces, buildings in the city and the climate
  4. Oxford’s transport and connectivity – your travel in and around the city
  5. Oxford’s culture and leisure – your enjoyment of the arts and leisure activities

For the next five weeks, Oxford’s residents and businesses will be asked for their views on each of these themes, and to decide which areas should be prioritised. For example, should most people be moving around the city in 2050 using autonomous pods, mass transit systems or perhaps bicycles?

This information will then be used to create a vision statement – called Oxford2050 – that will set out the aspirations for the city over the next decade.

The final Oxford2050 will be published in March 2018 as a living document on its own website. The aim is that this document will be agreed by residents, businesses, universities, charities, local authorities and other organisations across Oxford, so that the whole city is pulling together in one direction.

For the City Council, the vision statement will underpin future policy documents – including future Corporate Plans, which set out the City Council’s strategy and investments, and future Local Plans, which set out where housing, economic and leisure developments will take place across Oxford.

However the conversation will not stop, Oxford2050 will eventually become Oxford2060, rather than a single document that gathers dust.

The City Council is interested in hearing the thoughts everyone: It wants young people to consider how they want to see their city when they are older, and older people to consider how they want to hand over Oxford to their children or grandchildren.

With the median age of Oxford being 29.9 years (the youngest median age in England and Wales), more than half the city’s population in 2050 will not yet have been born.

Oxford has changed considerably in the last 33 years. In 1984, when Oxford’s population was about 115,000, buses could drive in both directions down Cornmarket Street, the Ice Rink was completed, and the Clarendon Centre was being constructed. A year earlier, the design for Gloucester Green was chosen (the work was carried out between 1987 and 1990).

While many other cities in the UK and internationally have created visions for 2050 and beyond, it is the first time Oxford has attempted to create such a long-term statement of intent. The City Council’s Corporate Plan currently covers four years, while its Local Plan covers 20 years.

To view the consultation results, please go to www.oxford2050.com




  • Opened
    27 Nov 2017 at 00:00
  • Closed
    7 Jan 2018 at 23:59
  • Response to be published


Area Covered Barton And Sandhills, Blackbird Leys, Carfax, Churchill, Cowley, Cowley Marsh, Headington, Headington Hill And Northway, Hinksey Park, Holywell, Iffley Fields, Jericho And Osney, Littlemore, Lye Valley, Marston, North, Northfield Brook, Quarry And Risinghurst, Rose Hill And Iffley, St Clement's, St Margaret's, St Mary's, Summertown, Wolvercote
Who we are consulting Children & Young People, City Councillors, Community Groups, Council Staff, County Councillors, District Citizens' Panel, District Councillors, General Public, Housing tenants, Local Strategic Partnerships, Older People, Resident Groups, Social Housing Tenants, Voluntary Sector
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Who we are consulting (committees)
Methods Used Online Consultations
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