Friday, 20 September 2013
• Station will be first to open in Oxfordshire since 1935
• 20th parkway train station in UK to provide 1000s of Oxford residents new travel opportunities
• Journey times from Oxford Parkway to London Marylebone expected to be under an hour.
Chiltern Railways have announced Oxford Parkway as the name of the station at the heart of their new line between Oxford and London. The station, located north of Oxford close to Water Eaton, will be the 20th parkway train station to be built in the UK and will be the first new station to be built in Oxfordshire for 78 years when it opens in summer 2015.
Once completed, Oxford Parkway will be one of the best located stations in the county due to its positioning adjacent to the existing Water Eaton park and ride site just off the A34 and close to the A44. The station and its 800+ space station car park will provide fast trains to London for thousands of Oxfordshire residents travelling to London and more local services to Oxford and Bicester. By allowing passengers to park and ride for long distance journeys as well the bus, it will release pressure on Oxford’s congested city centre.
Thomas Ableman, Commercial Director at Chiltern Railways said: “The name Oxford Parkway reflects the fact that this station will serve the entire city and much of the surrounding countryside. Once opened in summer 2015, the new line will allow those travelling to London to avoid the congested city centre, park easily and get there faster. This is going to be a real asset to the local people and businesses in and around Oxford.”
The line between Bicester and Oxford is due to close in February 2014 and is planned to reopen in summer 2015 when the first trains will run from the station.