Station revamp on track

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Thousands of commuters are less than one year away from a state-of-the-art station makeover with improved access to Oxford and London.

Bicester Town station is on track to open in September 2015 as part of Chiltern Railways’ £330m Oxford to London line.

The station is being redeveloped to provide a first-class gateway to the town.

It will boast level access, two new platforms, a rebuilt car park, an improved 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.

A spokesman for Chiltern Railways said: “Everything is progressing extremely well. The new double track has been laid in the Bicester Town area and we expect to start work on the station building in the near future.”

The line which runs into London Marylebone from Bicester in less than an hour, will be connected to Oxford Parkway in 12 months time and to central Oxford by April 2016.

It will be the first new rail link between two major British cities for 100 years.

The new Oxford Parkway station will be a multi-modal interchange, linking trains, buses, cars and bikes, allowing passengers to avoid the congestion of central Oxford.

The work brings Chiltern Railways’ total investment in the line to £600m since the start of its franchise.

Timetables are set to change with new journeys aiming to increase the number of seats during peak times and improve the weekend service.

Rob Brighouse, managing director of Chiltern Railways said: “We are staunch believers of the contribution rail travel can make to economic growth and prosperity.

“This is the latest in a series of significant railway investments made by Chiltern Railways since the start of our franchise and will benefit thousands of commuters and businesses in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.”

To view the proposed timetable and give your views on suggested changes go to www.chilternrailways.co.uk and email timetableconsultation@chilternrailways.co.uk before November 7.