Thanks for booking your seat on the Oxfordshire transport. We will be joining tens of thousands of others opposed to the growing inequality and destruction of public services and much neeeded welfare support that define Tory party rule. We will be marching to demand an alternative and to oppose attempts by the government to restrict working peoples' ability to take action against their attacks on our class.
The surprise landslide election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour party reflects the strength of the mood for change. The march is a great opportunity to build the movement we need to produce this change. Jeremy Corbyn will be addressing the march and this is expecetd to swell the numbers.
Departure times from Oxfordshire towns are listed below, plus arrangements to meet the coach for the return journey. If you no longer require your seat please let us know. We still have some spare seats so why not ask your work mates, friends and family to join us.
A map of the march route can be donloaded here. We aim to meet the coach for the return journey at 4.30pm at the coach parking on Great Jessop Street and City Road East (marked on the map - printed copies will be available on the day).
The march route is just under 2 miles. The weather forecast is dry. There is provision for people with disabilities to have access to the main rally point and also accessible transport to help people who need it to the assembly point of the short route march - about half a mile long. If you need asistance to join the accessible transport to the march please let me know.
Witney - opposite library - 7.20 am (Bakers coach)
Didcot - rail station - 7.20 am (Tappins coach)
Abingdon - bus stop outside hospital 7.40 am (Tappins coach)
Oxford - outside Taylorian Institute St Giles - 8 am (Tappins and Bakers coaches)
Headington - bus stop opposite post office - 8.15 am (Tappins and Bakers coaches)
Thornhill park and ride - bus stop opposite - 8.20 am (Tappins and Bakers coaches)
Banbury Town Hall - 8.30 am (check with steward re coach company)
Look forward to seeing you all on the day.
Many thanks to Unison Oxfordshire Health branch, Oxford & District Trades Council, Oxford City Unison, Banbury GMB No 1, Ruskin, Brookes and University UCU branches, South Central Postal CWU, Oxfordshire Unite branches, NUT and Oxford Peoples' Assembly for their support that has made this mobilisation from Oxfordshire possible.
From TUC website
We have worked to make the rally and march as accessible as practically possible.
The size of the event and potential for larger numbers than anticipated and ongoing transport infrastructure improvements in the city means that there will be limited access to vehicles in most of the city centre. Where there is access, there will be heavy congestion.
To this end, we have made arrangements for:
- Those who wish to attend the pre-march rally
- Those who wish to attend the pre-march rally and then move to the short march access point
- Those who wish to just join the short march
Obviously those who wish to be a part of the rally and then subsequently complete the whole march are welcome to do so.
Rally on Oxford Road
There will be an accessible viewing area for those who require it, in front of the stage area on Oxford Street. The stage will be positioned next to All Saints Park (see map) and signers will be provided. Accessible toilets are available on Oxford Road (see map for toilets).
The nearest train station is Manchester Oxford Road which is fully accessible.
We are asking those wishing to use this viewing area to form up from 12 Noon onwards. There will be music up until 1pm, when the first set of speakers will take to the stage. The march will then move off at 1:30pm, but speeches will continue from other speakers from unions whilst marchers continue to pass the stage. The rally will take place with the march formed up in order.
The rally is expected to last a couple of hours, at which point Oxford Road will have cleared of the last marchers.
For those who wish to join the march, or join their union block on the march, stewards will assist with moving people into the march. Please indicate to a Senior Steward (Pink Vest) on the day if you wish to utilise this option so that we can plan accordingly. The distance from here to the finish is 1.5 miles and it will take approximately 2 hours to complete, depending on size of the march. There will be exit allowed from the march at any point.
Rally on Oxford Road then move to the Short March access point
Short march access point
The short march assembly point is on Brazenose Street, opposite Albert Square. From here the march distance to the end is 0.5 miles. This is the last stretch and passes the Conservative Party Conference at it’s closest point. We cannot estimate a time as this is where the march will be at it’s most congested.
Those who assemble here will be assisted by stewards to enter the march after the front blocks have passed. Due to road closures, access to this area is limited. The best way for those in vehicles is to drop off on Deansgate, near to the junction of John Dalton Street, and make your way to the assembly point. Deansgate will close to traffic at 1:30pm, so we ask those requiring drop off to assemble before this time. The march is anticipated to reach this location at 2:45pm. We ask those wishing to access the march here to assemble no later than 2:15pm.
The march will then finish at the junction of Liverpool Road and Deansgate.
The nearest train stations are Deansgate and Victoria, which are both accessible.
On the march
There will be first aiders available and a first aid vehicle will follow the march. If anyone requires assistance, in the first instance contact a steward in a high viz vest, or if not available, a police officer.
No other vehicles will be allowed to join the march.
Stewards, particularly those at the viewing area and short march access point, will be briefed on disability issues.