Opening date announced for Bicester Village station

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Chiltern Railways has revealed the opening of Bicester Village Station is to take place on October 26. 
The newly revamped station forms part of a new £130 million line running from Oxford Parkway in the north of Oxford to London Marylebone, the first such link between London and a major British city in 100 years.

The new station which was previously known as Bicester Town, will provide commuters with more trains to London in addition to those currently running from Bicester North.

It will have level access, two new platforms and a rebuilt car park. It will also have cycle parking and bus stops.

Managing Director Rob Brighouse said: “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.”

The rebranding of Bicester’s railway station has prompted opposition from local residents who say the name change emphasises Bicester Village retail outlet, which is blamed for congestion in the area. However a poll found only 23 per cent of residents wanted to keep the original name.