Wednesday 21 Dec 2005


Region & Route:
| Wales & Western: Western
| Wales & Western
| Southern
This Christmas, while most people enjoy precious time with their families, up to 90 railway workers will forfeit their roast turkey and mince pies to install a vital new railway ‘crossover’ and new track at Wolvercote Junction, just north of Oxford.  The major improvement project will be carried out between Christmas and New Year, taking advantage of the traditional two-day closure of the railway on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.  Passengers travelling north of Oxford via Hanborough or Banbury will be affected. Robbie Burns, Network Rail Route Director, said: “The Christmas period provides a window of opportunity for essential work on the railway, while minimising disruption to passengers.  The improvement work at this busy junction will ensure the future reliability of the line by reducing track-related delays, which is good news for rail passengers.”      Network Rail’s investment of £3.3 million at Wolvercote Junction will replace the existing ‘crossover’ -  the part of the track that allows a train to cross from one line to another – as well as other essential track components and 440 metres of track.  The existing equipment is approximately 40 years old and needs to be replaced. Robbie Burns continued: “This scheme has been carefully planned during the last two years and advance preparations are already underway on site.  Throughout the Christmas period, engineers will work around the clock to complete this major task so that passengers can enjoy a brand new junction and reliable train services in the New Year.” Work will start late at night on Christmas Eve and continue through to the early hours of New Year’s Day.  Trains from the south will terminate at Oxford with replacement buses providing a connection to Hanborough on the Cotswold line and to Banbury on the line to Birmingham. Passengers should allow extra time to travel and contact individual train operators or National Rail Enquiries for further advice on: National Rail Enquiries            08457 48 49 50  First Great Western Link        08453 307 182   Virgin                                       0870 789 1234  

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