Tuesday 8 Nov 2016
Round-the-clock work to commence at Oxford railway station as Marylebone link nears completion
Network Rail’s orange army will be on site around-the-clock at Oxford station from next week to ensure that work to create a new rail link between Oxford and London via Marylebone is completed next month.
24-hour work on Oxford station will begin on Wednesday, 9 November and is expected to last until Sunday, 11 December.
Platform construction forms the bulk of the work taking place, which will cause minimal noise, though there will be an element of noisier work from Wednesday, 9 November – Friday, 11 November, when new track will be installed.
The completion of this work is vital in order to offer a direct route from Oxford to London via Marylebone as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan to provide a bigger and better railway for passengers.
Network Rail will work to keep noise levels at a minimum and cause as little disruption as possible to local residents, implementing temporary noise barriers around the working area to reduce the impact of travelling sound.
Network Rail’s route delivery director, Graeme Tandy, said: “We would like to thank residents for their patience as we undertake this upgrade work. It is essential that we complete the installation of track and the building of the platforms to allow Chiltern Railways to connect Oxford Station to Marylebone, providing passengers with new services.
“We will do everything in our power to minimise noise and impact on local residents as this work takes place.”
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.