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Consultation opens for Oxford tram system

Oxford city centre trams are part of the county council's vision for Oxfordshire Credit: Oxfordshire County Council

A consultation on city centre trams and a new train station has now been opened by Oxfordshire County Council.

The council's Connecting Oxfordshire plans are designed to cope with the growth in population expected by 2031, with 80,000 new jobs and 100,000 new homes.

Ideas include city centre trams, a new railway station and larger buses.

Cycle super-routes could be introduced across the city along with a new A40-A44 link road as well as improvements to Junction 9 of the M40.

The consultation on the council's website is open until Thursday, 2 April.

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Police appeal for help in finding missing teenagers

Thames Valley Police is appealing for the public’s help in finding two teenage girls missing from Oxford.

The girls haven't been seen since yesterday

Danica Du Plooy, aged 14, and Andrayah Corfield, aged 15, have been missing since 9pm yesterday evening and are thought to be together.

Danica (right), is white, around 5ft3ins, of medium build with brown hair. She was last seen wearing black and white leggings, a pink hooded top, a navy blue coat, with an ankle brace and is using crutches.

Andrayah (left) is white, 5ft6ins, slim with blonde hair. She was last seen wearing black leggings, a light blue jumper, black coat with leopard print inside, grey Puma trainers and carrying a pink shoulder bag.

Police are concerned for their welfare due to their young age and the amount of time they have been missing.

It is thought that they may be in either Oxford or have travelled to Bicester.

1,500 pupils to visit 'Careers Fest' in Oxford

The previous Oxford City Learning Careers Fest took place in 2014

The MINI car plant at Cowley in Oxford is hosting a two-day jobs fair to introduce teenagers to the world of work after they leave school.

The fifth annual Oxford City Learning Careers Fest will feature 50 exhibitors. The firms are offering chances for school pupils aged 14 - 18 to explore potential job and career opportunities. The organisers 'Oxford City Learning' (OCL) have invited 1,500 children from schools across Oxfordshire to the event.

"With Oxfordshire's Strategic Economic Plan indicating that up to 75,000 new jobs could be created in the county between 2014 and 2031, this event will showcase a host of exciting employment opportunities over the next few years, together with the types and levels of qualifications required.

"As in previous years, we'll be encouraging students visiting to 'have a go' at the range of activities run by the exhibitors, who will also provide information and advice to help young people understand and consider a full range of career pathways including apprenticeships, further and higher education and employment."

– Alison Robb-Webb, OCL Project Director

Funding boost for Oxford's City Centre Ambassadors

Funding boost for Oxford's City Centre Ambassadors Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Oxford's City Centre Ambassadors will continue for another year after a funding boost.

Oxford City Council has allocated £32,000 in its proposed budget for 2015/16 to keep the ambassadors patrolling the street, welcoming residents, workers and visitors.

They also help promote the City Council’s Kindness Can Kill anti-begging initiative and keep an eye out for illegal street traders and unauthorised buskers.

Councillor Dee Sinclair, Board Member for Crime and Community Response at the council, says: 'I am delighted we are able to continue supporting the Ambassadors. They will work in the city for seven days a week during peak times.

'They will be the face of the city centre for tourists and visitors but they will also be the eyes and ears of the community. They will also be looking at issues like graffiti, litter, illegal street trading and any other anti-social behaviour.'

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Oxford's biggest city centre car park closes

Shoppers and visitors to Oxford face major problems if they plan to drive to the city as the biggest car park in the centre has closed this week.

More than a thousand cars would normally be able to use the Westgate multi-storey.

Now motorists will have to find somewhere else to park in a city already struggling to provide car parking space. Penny Silvester reports.

Oxford's Westgate development approved

Oxford's Westgate development will create hundreds of jobs Credit: Gillespies

Approval has been given to a four hundred million pounds redevelopment of the Westgate shopping centre in Oxford. It will see cafes, restaurants, a cinema and a department store built.

Oxford's Westgate development will create hundreds of jobs Credit: Gillespies
Oxford's Westgate development will create hundreds of jobs Credit: Gillespies

Man sexually assaulted in Oxford

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a man was sexually assaulted while walking along a towpath parallel with Abingdon Road, Oxford, yesterday.

At around 2pm, the victim, a man in his thirties, was walking with another man along the towpath close to Folly Bridge and the Head of the River public house when they walked past a man who started calling out homophobic abuse at them.

When the pair tried to walk away, the offender ran his hands over the victim’s side and shoulder and pressed himself up against the victim’s body.

The offender is white, in his forties, around 5ft 10ins to 6ft tall, of skinny build wearing several layers of clothing and a blue coat with short, greyish hair. He is described as looking dirty and dishevelled, possibly being homeless.

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