1.5 million passengers travel on the Oxford to London Marylebone line during the first year of operation
Since it opened, on Monday 26th October 2015, more than 1.5 million passengers have used the new Oxford Parkway to London Marylebone line.
Oxford Parkway station has been used by 638,000 passengers while 1,085,000 passengers have taken advantage of Bicester Village station.
The line was the first new rail link between a major British city and London in over 100 years and was delivered in partnership by Chiltern Railways who contributed £130 million and Network Rail who invested £190 million.
The first commuter services ran from recently constructed stations at Oxford Parkway, Islip and Bicester Village on Monday 26th October 2015.
The new station at Bicester Village is adjacent to the shopping destination and provides a direct train service to the centre. It has encouraged more customers to travel by train, 10% of all visitors to the attraction now arrive on services operated by Chiltern Railways. Before the Oxford Parkway line opened 5% of visitors to Bicester Village arrived by rail.
The Oxford Parkway station is located just outside Oxford city centre, close to the A44, A40 and A34 and has over 900 parking spaces. The station was recently awarded ‘Medium Station of the Year’ at the National Rail Awards.
Following the final completion of the line Chiltern Railways will start operating services from Oxford city centre on Monday 12th December 2016.