Thursday 30 Nov 2017
Oxford residents invited to find out more ahead of railway upgrade work
Residents of Oxford have been invited to a drop-in event next week ahead of work which will enable capacity improvements and reliability through the city as part of Network Rail’s Oxford Corridor railway upgrade scheme.
As part of the Oxford Corridor works, Network Rail has already renewed more than 2km of track between Oxford Station and Hinksey Lakes and upgraded signals, points and track between Didcot and Oxford.
The upcoming work, taking place over the festive period, is the next phase in this programme of work, and will include piling for signal gantries, track renewals and work on the new sidings north of Oxford station.
The drop-in event will take place at Jericho Community Centre, 33A Canal Street, Oxford, OX2 6BQ from 3pm until 6.30 pm on Friday 8 December.
Representatives from Network Rail’s project team will be on hand to provide information and answer any questions from local residents ahead of this work.
Rob Mashford, senior programme manager for Network Rail, said: “This work is really important in order for us to enable the new infrastructure to be put into service next summer, which will improve capacity, reliability and line speeds through the city.
“Residents are welcome to come along and speak to our project team to learn more about the work we are undertaking in Oxford.
“Anyone unable to attend this event that would like to find out more about this work can contact our community relations team on our 24/7 helpine on 03457 11 41 41 or firstname.lastname@example.org”
For more information on Network Rail’s work on the Oxford Corridor, visit: https://www.networkrail.co.uk/running-the-railway/our-routes/western/great-western-mainline/oxford/
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.