Chiltern Railways are building a groundbreaking new rail line between Oxford and London Marylebone. This will be the first new rail link between London and a major British city in over 100 years and will bring significant economic benefits for those living and working along the route. The £130m investment will result in Chiltern running services between London Marylebone and a new station to the north of the city, Oxford Parkway, from summer 2015 and we will run from the centre of Oxford from Spring 2016. This work brings our total investment in the line to £600 million since the start of the franchise.
Towns and villages to the north of Oxford will gain especially from improved rail access and a new parkway station and the fast growing town of Bicester will enjoy an additional link to the capital. The project will also see the re-establishment of long lost rail links, such as between High Wycombe and Oxford. In order to achieve this, a new ¾ mile line will be built at Bicester to link the London Marylebone to Birmingham Moor Street line with the existing route between Bicester Town and Oxford. The latter will then be completely rebuilt to modern standards, with new track, signalling and bridges.
The project is being delivered in partnership with Network Rail as part of the Bicester to Oxford Collaboration that will also see the installation of infrastructure for East West Rail line that will see trains running from Oxford to Bedford from 2017.
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