Bicester to Oxford - East West Rail Phase 1

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The Bicester to Oxford Collaboration programme has been delivered by an integrated project team comprising Network Rail (responsible for UK rail infrastructure), Chiltern Railways (train services operator), and a joint venture led by local companies Carillion and Buckingham Group Contracting (as design-and-build contractor) with support from the East West Rail Consortium – a group of local authorities (including Oxfordshire County Council) and business interests.

The upgrade of the Oxford-to-Bicester line not only facilitates the new Chiltern Railways service between Oxford and London, but is also the first phase of works on the Western Section of the East West Rail scheme, which will reinstate the railway for passenger and freight services through to Milton Keynes and Bedford. Combining the two projects means a more efficient delivery and less disruption for rail users.

The project included building a new one kilometre section of railway to connect the former Bicester Town station (now Bicester Village station) to Oxford line to the Chiltern main line. It also involved widening the existing track bed; doubling over 18km of track; increasing the line speed to 100mph; constructing new overbridges, underbridges and footbridges; closing 37 level crossings; building the new Oxford Parkway station at Water Eaton; upgrading Bicester Town and Islip stations; and installing a new signalling system.

Construction work was completed between Oxford Parkway and Bicester Village (formerly Bicester Town) in September 2015 and Chiltern Railways started their new service from Oxford Parkway to London Marylebone in October 2015.  The line between Oxford and Oxford Parkway is now complete and train services started operating from Oxford city centre to London Marylebone on 12th December 2016.


Page last updated 17th November 2016