Minister finds out about Oxfordshire cycling vision

Cycling Minister Jesse Norman has visited Oxfordshire to find out more about work done to to enable more cycling on the day that he set out his own plans to help people to walk and cycle more, as part of a push for the UK to leave cars behind for shorter journeys. His first port of call was Oxpens in Oxford to look over plans for the Riverside Route to Oxford City Centre project before heading off to Milton Park to try out the recently completed Backhill Tunnel - a redeveloped formerly deralict tunnel which now links Milton Park and the adjacent A4130 in west Didcot. He also heard about the county council's Cycling Design Standards - Mr Norman said: "We need to become a nation of cyclists, a

Nine out of 10 children offered first choice at Secondary school

Almost nine out of 10 Oxfordshire children due to start secondary school in September have been offered a place at their first-choice school. In total 88.83 per cent of pupils have received a first-preference offer – slightly higher than last year’s figure (88.64 per cent) and despite an increase in pupils transferring to secondary schools in Oxfordshire. A further six per cent have been offered their second choice and 1.55 per cent offered their third preference. This leaves just 3.17 per cent of applicants being offered a place at a school not among their stated preferences. Overall 6848 Oxfordshire children are transferring to secondary schools this year – 229 more than in 2017. Of these,

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