Chiltern line inquiry to reopen in May

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A PUBLIC inquiry into a £130million scheme to create a new Oxford to London rail service via Bicester will reopen on May 29.

Further concerns over the welfare of bats in the Wolvercote tunnel have led Secretary of State for Transport Justine Greening to reopen the inquiry.

A number of measures to help bats, including a traffic light system to warn of approaching trains, had already been agreed by Chiltern Railways and Natural England earlier in the inquiry.

Bicester Town Station will be redeveloped as part of the plans. Chiltern Railways has said it aims to have the new service running by 2014.