Milan, London, Reading and now Oxford have all announced a range of temporary and permanent measures including the pedestrianising some streets, altering bus routes and creating wider pavements. 

Many regional cities and towns across the UK and Europe have embraced a need for change to transport routes following COVID-19.

The unintended consequences on our cities continue to stack up. For example, pollution in St Aldates, one of the key roads in Oxford, has experienced a 59 per cent decrease in nitrogen oxide levels.

Can the key stakeholders in heritage cities, such as Oxford and Cambridge, ignore this evidence? What will be the wider implications of the pandemic on the real estate sector for Oxford? How will our approach change our design of new projects and developments?

Why not listen to our Oxford Social webinar on Thursday, May 21 at 1.30pm with UK Property Forums?

Confirmed speakers include Harriet Waters, head of environmental sustainability at the University of Oxford, Rachel Dickie, interim chief executive of Oxford University Development and Richard Venables, director of VSL & Partners and board member of Experience Oxfordshire. We have also invited a representative from Oxfordshire County Council.  

Sign up here.

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More by the luck than by judgement, we invested in a new website at the end of last year – just ahead of the COVID-19 crisis. We amalgamated five sites into a single all-singing-all-dancing website.

Confirmation of its success came this week when our story on the changes to roads and cycle routes in Reading was announced in Thames Tap. It turns out that our editor, Alan Bunce, once again has led the conversation in Reading and beat all our competitors to this story.

This article alone received more than 4,000 hits – before the Thames Tap newsletter was even published. This means we have now had almost 30,000 page hits since we launched our new site in March.

Progress of sorts in these strange times.

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