Wednesday 15 Mar 2017
Oxford residents invited to find out more about railway upgrade work
Residents of Oxford have been invited to find out more about upcoming work to improve the movement of trains and passengers through the area.
Network Rail will be undertaking work to replace the existing four sidings with five new ones including better train care facilities on the east side of the railway, just north of Oxford Station.
The vast majority of this work will take place during the day, and residents will be informed in advance of any overnight work. Residents that may be affected received pre-notification letters earlier this month.
This work will address capacity issues as part of the wider Oxford Corridor scheme to improve rail services for passengers in the area.
The drop-in event will take place on Tuesday 21 March at Jericho Community Centre, 33A Canal St, Oxford, OX2 6BQ from 5pm to 8pm.
Network Rail’s programme manager, Rob Mashford, said: “I would like to thank residents in advance for their patience ahead of this work to improve railway capacity to meet demand as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan.”
“This drop-in event is a great opportunity for residents to find out more about the work we are undertaking and the benefits that this work will bring, and we urge anyone that would like more information to come along”.
More information on this work can be found at: https://www.networkrail.co.uk/running-the-railway/our-routes/western/great-western-mainline/oxford/
Residents unable to attend the event can ask any questions or find out more information by calling our dedicated 24-hour National Helpline on: 03457 11 41 41 quoting reference Oxford Corridor Work, or on Twitter @NetworkRailWest.
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.