The Secretary of State for Transport has granted permission under the Transport and Works Act for Chiltern to start work on the Marylebone to Oxford line
Chiltern has received the go-ahead for a £130million project that will result in the train company running services between London Marylebone and Oxford from 2015.
As part of the project, Chiltern Railways will build new stations in Bicester and in north Oxford. The new parkway station in north Oxford will be located at Water Eaton and will be a multi-modal interchange, linking trains, buses, cars and bikes allowing passengers to avoid the congestion of central Oxford. Bicester Town station will also be redeveloped, providing a gateway to the town next to the popular Bicester Village fashion outlet centre.
Graham Cross, Business Development Director of Chiltern Railways said: “We are pleased to have been granted the power to proceed with this significant railway investment, which will benefit thousands of commuters and businesses in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The Oxford to London link is the latest in a long line of innovative Chiltern-led projects to upgrade the rail infrastructure, fuelled by our understanding of rail’s potential to make a significant contribution to economic growth and prosperity.”
The recently announced East West Rail project will also benefit from Chiltern’s new line from Oxford to London with both routes using the line between Oxford and Bicester. Chiltern Railways will now work in partnership with the East West Rail team to determine a joint project approach.