WSP will examine the infrastructure required to allow four trains per hour to run to and from Oxford Station, in addition to the two Chiltern trains which currently run into Oxford per hour from London Marylebone. This supports the East West Railway Company’s plans for new passenger services between Oxford and Cambridge, serving Bletchley, Milton Keynes, Bedford and the communities in-between for the first time since 1967.
The capacity study undertaken by WSP will recommend ways in which the infrastructure could support these new services. Their recommendations will be made to the East West Railway Company later this year.
Oxford station is set to become an even more important destination with the launch of new services to Milton Keynes and Cambridge, and we are delighted to be working with the East West Railway Company to define an optimum operational and infrastructure plan for Oxford station to support the reliable introduction of these new services”, says Edward O’Loughlin, Head of Rail Strategy and Planning at WSP.
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About East West Rail and the East West Railway Company
- East West Rail is creating a new direct connection between Oxford Cambridge, and beyond. Once complete it will be a world class rail line connecting Oxford, Bicester, Milton Keynes, Bedford, Cambridge, and communities in between. The section between Oxford and Bicester was completed in 2016 and enabling work has been completed on the section between Bicester and Bedford.
- The East West Railway Company was set up by the Secretary of State for Transport in 2017, with the ambitious remit to accelerate delivery of rail infrastructure and passenger services between Oxford and Cambridge.
- The line will deliver much needed connectivity to unlock the economic potential of this corridor - supporting new jobs and communities, as well as reducing journey times and travel costs for residents and commuters.