Monday 26th October 2015 will see the opening of a new rail link open between Oxford and London Marylebone.
The Chiltern Railways Oxford Parkway to London Marylebone line is the first between a major British City and London in over 100 years. Services will run from a brand new station, Oxford Parkway, in the north of Oxford to London Marylebone.
The project is being delivered in partnership with Chiltern Railways and Network Rail as part of the Bicester to Oxford Collaboration.
Another new station at Bicester Village will provide Bicester with more trains to London in addition to those currently running from Bicester North.
Oxford Parkway is the first new station to open in Oxfordshire since 1944 and is located adjacent to the existing Water Eaton park and ride site just off the A34 and close to the A44. The new station will have level access and integrated transport with over 150 cycle spaces, 800+ car parking spaces and access to the many buses serving the park and ride site.
Bicester Village station will have level access, two new platforms and a rebuilt car park. It will also have a greatly improved station approach road and integrated transport with cycle parking and bus stops. Lighting across the station will be energy efficient and the station building has been designed to make as much use of natural light as possible.
Managing Director of Chiltern Railways, Rob Brighouse, said: ‘We’re delighted to be able to announce the official opening date for the new Oxford Parkway to London rail link as 26th October. The line will transform travel in Oxfordshire, helping passengers avoid city centre traffic congestion and benefit from more convenient journeys to London via our new stations, Oxford Parkway and Bicester Village station. The project is the first new rail link between a major British city and London in over 100 years and will bring significant economic benefit to the region.‘