Court paves way for London link

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Plans for a new rail route linking Bicester with Oxford and London Marylebone have been given the all-clear after the High Court dismissed a final legal challenge last week.

The line between the Bicester Town and Oxford stations is due to close in February next year, with the full line to Oxford expected to open in spring 2016.

Chiltern Railways director Graham Cross welcomed the decision, adding: “Through this project, Chiltern Railways will open the first new rail link between two major British cities for 100 years with the line expected to deliver significant economic benefits for those living and working along the route.

“Towns and villages to the north of Oxford will gain especially from improved rail access and a new parkway station for the region. In addition, the fast growing town of Bicester will enjoy an additional link to the capital adjacent to Bicester Village Shopping Centre.

“The project will also see the re-establishment of long lost rail links, such as between High Wycombe and Oxford.”

Construction work is due to start this summer, and passengers have been told they will get 12 weeks’ notice of the line closure.