These figures then come into play on the return journey and it is highly possible that for a mid-week evening game the timetables for both modes of transport are reduced late at night. The attendance, bus and train figures are taken from various websites and of course these usage figures are purely speculative but in the unlikely event there is more than 50% bus use and 10% train use then those figures make even worse reading.
OUFC may well arrange for extra "transport on match days but it will have to be a lot to negate the detrimental impact to non-football users.
OUFC expect that parking spaces will be needed for ~4000 cars
admits that OUFC ‘expect that the stadium could result in an initial 4,000 vehicles continuing to drive to a car park given existing cultures and behaviours.’ Where will they
park? Most will probably be directed to the Parkway and Pear Tree park and rides. Those using the remote P&R's will need to be bused to
the ground (yet more buses at peak arrival time). Good luck to anyone planning to use the P&Rs for their intended purpose of getting into Oxford.
Greater attendance means greater transport issues .....
OUFC clearly have ambitions for any new stadium to attract much higher average attendances than they achieve at present. At full capacity, all of these projected figures would double.
Road closures and delays are expected
Final thoughts - crowd management
Lastly, however people travel, everyone will have to walk along the Oxford Road or Frieze way to actually get into the ground. That's 8,000 to 16,000 people walking along narrow pavements that cannot easily be widened, especially where the Oxford Road crosses the A34. Many will want to leave promptly at the end of the game. It's easy to see why road closures are being considered.
The Triangle is being put forward as an ideal location due to its proximity to key transport links. Yet consider the impact of routinely closing the Oxford Road /Kidlington Roundabout for periods on match days.
However, you crunch the transport numbers, the 90% sustainable transport figure is almost certainly unrealistic, like much of the arguments being put forward for the Triangle site.