Tuesday 4 Jul 2017
Residents invited to find out more ahead of summer railway upgrade
Residents living in Oxford are invited to find out more about a crucial upgrade through the city which will see a section of the railway closed for nine days as progress is made towards improving line speed in and out of Oxford.
Network Rail will, as part of their Railway Upgrade Plan, relay track from Hinksey Lakes to Oxford Station which will eventually improve line speed from summer 2018 with the line between Didcot, Oxford and Banbury closed from July 22-30 to allow the upgrade to take place.
The modernisation work will pave the way for the arrival of a fleet of new, longer Intercity Express Trains in the next year, bringing more seats per train and adding greater comfort for passengers.
Residents can find out more about the upgrade, which also includes modernisation of signals and crossings, by visiting one of the two drop-in sessions taking place in July.
The first is on Wednesday, 5 July from 4.30pm to 7.30pm at Beckett Street car park, OX1 1HS and this will be followed by a session on Friday, 14 July from 4pm to 8pm at the YHA on Botley Road, OX2 0AB.
Rob Mashford, Network Rail’s senior programme manager, said: ““The upgrade in Oxford will transform this section of the railway as we continue to deliver our Railway Upgrade Plan. It is a major programme of work and we would like to invite all residents living locally or near the railway to attend one of our sessions where they can find out more.”
Passengers are advised to check before they travel throughout the upgrade by visiting www.crosscountrytrains.co.uk/oxford2017 or GWR.com/oxford2017
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.