Why is Oxford such a pain to visit?
I mean it really is dreadful – it may those tourist friendly photogenic spires but unless you live in the centre of town it is certainly not people friendly!
Now I’m sure that the”liberal elite” that came up with the traffic management system have already started braying about air quality and reduced car crashes, well let me tell you if we take a wider range of quality of life measures then Oxford stinks!!
On Saturday for a bit of kulture innit, we went to the American Modernists exhibition at the Ashmolean. Top down through the country lanes to the Peartree park and ride where you have to pay to park AND then pay again for the bus to the city centre (!!!).
The exhibition was cool, as was a bit of post culture shopping (cafe frappe anyone?). Now those of you in the know will just have to patient for the next bit…on George St there are 3 bus stops for the out of town traffic…counting down from Debenhams end they are B3 and then in 10 yards B2. Unfortunately B1 is another 250 yards further down. In the time it took us to walk from 2 to 1 three (3) number 300s passed us by. The last 2 were one behind the other.
I tried to flag down the final one but all I got was a desultry guesture pointing back down the road to the B1 bus stop….
Those of you who know me can imagine my reaction to this…and can you imagine my reaction when we had to wait 25 minutes for the next 300 to arrive…the timetable said it should have been 10 minutes. I mean what is the fucking point of sending 3 together…are they afraid of getting mugged outside the Ashmolean or Browns??
And frankly if you ever try to drive into the centre the traffic lights are so badly phased and the car parks so limited your stress levels will be off the scale.