Changes to Oxford park and ride and on-street prices agreed

Improving air-quality and reducing congestion are at the heart of changes to parking arrangements for motorists in Oxford.

Charges reduced for regular park and ride users

From 1 April motorists are set to benefit from better value and more flexible parking on Oxfordshire County Council’s Park and Ride sites.

The cost of parking at Oxford Parkway and Thornhill is to come down significantly for anyone purchasing monthly, quarterly or yearly Season Tickets.

And, as an added bonus, the passes can be used across all five of Oxford’s park and ride sites including Oxford City Council’s Peartree, Redbridge and Seacourt facilities.

The full list of prices for monthly, quarterly and yearly tickets can be found on this page by clicking the Season Ticket Information link: https://bit.ly/2FtgM5l

Encouraging sustainable parking and tackling congestion and poor air quality

There will also be changes to costs and time limits for parking on-street in Oxford from 8 April 2019.

Prices for on-street parking will be increasing in Oxford for the first time since 2015 to encourage more motorists to use one of the five park and ride sites or one of the dedicated city-centre car parks.

While the new regulations will hopefully contribute towards reducing congestion, there will still be the same amount of on-street pay and display parking available for those who want to use it.

We have further reduced the impact on congestion and air pollution by removing the 30-minute on-street parking band – this accounts for only 9% of on-street parking usage and encourages driving into the city for very short stays.

People with Blue Badges will be able to park as normal and are unaffected by the changes.

Funding transport improvements and encouraging better parking choices 

Income from on-street fees goes towards running the service and any surplus is used to fund transport-related improvements within the city, which includes the park and ride sites.

Until now there have been a range of different on-street charges in different locations in the city and it has also been cheaper in some instances to park on-street than off.

The introduction of new zones and charges deal with these anomalies and encourage greater use of more sustainable parking options.

Rikke Hansen, Head of Integration and Improvement, said: “Traffic, congestion and parking are big issues for Oxford and the county and city council work together very closely to try to improve matters where we can.

“Proactive and responsible management of the roads and parking are positive features of any city. By bringing our parking charges more into line with those for off-street car parks we are doing our bit to encourage more sustainable travel while making sure that city-centre parking is available for those who really want or need it.”

The new charges and time bands for each zone will be displayed on all the on-street machines and online.

Zone 1 – City centre (Beaumont Street, Broad Street, Wellington Square, Blackhall Road, Cromwell Street, Keble Road, King Edward Street, Longwall Street, Merton Street, Museum Road, Parks Road, St Giles, Mansfield Road, Savile Road, Woodstock Road)

Sunday to Friday

8.00am - 6.30pm

Up to 1 hour - £4.00

Up to 2 hours - £6.00

6.30pm - 10.00pm

Evening rate - £4.00


8.00am - 6.30pm

Up to 1 hour - £4.50

Up to 2 Hours - £7.30

6.30pm - 10.00pm

Evenings - £4.50

Zone 2 – Outer city sites (Great Clarendon Street, Walton Street, Norham Gardens, Norham Road, Benson Place, Bradmore Road, Crick Road, Fyfield Road)

Monday to Saturday

8.00am - 6.30pm

Up to 1 hour - £3.00

Up to 3 hours - £4.00

6.30pm - 10.00pm

£3.00 for any length of stay


All day

£3.00 for any length of stay

Zone 2 – Outer city site (Hythe Bridge Street)

Monday to Sunday Evenings only

6.30pm - 10.00pm

£3.00 for any length of stay