Monday 17 Jul 2017
Oxfordshire passengers reminded of service alterations for railway upgrade work
Passengers are reminded that services will not run between Oxford, Didcot Parkway and Banbury for nine days from Saturday 22 July as Network Rail undertake vital work which will improve will improve line speeds into and out of Oxford when final commissioning is completed in summer 2018.
As part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan, work to realign the track will take place between Hinksey Lakes and Oxford Station.
Buses will replace trains between Didcot and Oxford throughout the nine days. Passengers will be able to travel from Banbury and Oxford to London Marylebone on Chiltern Railway services, which are running throughout the closure, or to London Paddington using the bus replacement service to Didcot Parkway. This will operate from Becket Street car park and will include direct and stopping services.
Chiltern Railways will be running trains from platforms 1-4 from Oxford to London Marylebone and at peak times services will have extra carriages.
Rob Mashford, senior programme manager for Network Rail, said: “I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we undertake this work to improve the railway through Oxfordshire as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan.
“We appreciate that there is never a good time to close the railway but we have worked closely with GWR, CrossCountry and Chiltern Railways to ensure minimal impact on passengers throughout this vital work.”
For more information, visit https://www.networkrail.co.uk/running-the-railway/our-routes/western/great-western-mainline/oxford/
Residents and passengers with questions or concerns about this work can contact Network Rail’s 24/7 national helpline on: 03457 11 41 41
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.