Chiltern Railways has revealed designs for Oxford Parkway which will be the first station to be opened in Oxfordshire since 1935 when it opens next summer as part of Chiltern’s new Oxford to London Marylebone rail link.
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.
Oxford Parkway has been designed as a modern transport hub and is expected to be hugely attractive to those living in north Oxfordshire wanting to escape the congestion of Oxford city centre. The new station will have level access and integrated transport with over 100 cycle spaces, 800+ car parking spaces and access to the many buses serving the park and ride site.
Cllr Rodney Rose of Oxfordshire County Council and Deputy Chair of the East West Rail Joint Delivery Board said: “Being adjacent to the park and ride and with excellent access to bus services and main roads, this important station will do much improve people’s journeys in and around Oxfordshire. It’s all looking good.”
Rob Brighouse, Managing Director at Chiltern Railways said: “Oxford Parkway will transform travel between Oxford and London when it launches in summer 2015. Our new station and service will provide significant economic, social and environmental benefits for people in Oxfordshire.”
The new line between Oxford and London Marylebone is planned to launch from Oxford Parkway in summer 2015 with services to London Marylebone in just under an hour and from Oxford city centre in Spring 2016.
The upgrade of the Oxford to Bicester line not only facilitates the new Chiltern Railways service between Oxford and London, but also the first phase of works on the western section of the East West Rail scheme that will reinstate the railway for passenger and freight services through to Milton Keynes and Bedford.
Work on this project is taking place through a partnership between Network Rail and Chiltern Railways who are managing delivery of the project through the Bicester to Oxford Collaboration.