Give your views on new train timetable

MBTC East Midlands Train
MBTC East Midlands Train

BICESTER rail passengers have until the end of next week to comment on plans for Chiltern Railways’ new timetable.

The rail operator says the new December 2012 timetable will offer improved spacing of trains and more seats on busy morning services.

Richard Harper, Chiltern Railways’ head of network development, said: “The December 2012 timetable involves changes that enable us to deliver a regular interval timetable throughout the day.

“Our passengers have told us they want fewer gaps during peak periods with more memorable times and this timetable addresses these points.”

The consultation, which ends on Friday, June 15, gives passengers and other interested parties the chance to review changes and tell the company what they think.

Chiltern says it has also ‘future proofed’ the timetable to ensure only minor changes would be needed to incorporate new services between Oxford and London.

A public inquiry over plans to upgrade the Oxford to London line via Bicester is due to end on Wednesday next week, and the new services could be introduced in 2014, should Chiltern be given the go-ahead by the Secretary of State for Transport, Justine Greening.

Bicester Town station is due to be redeveloped as part of the £130million Evergreen 3 scheme.

Details of the new timetable are available to view at Responses can be emailed to, or sent by post to Timetable Consultation, Chiltern Railways, Banbury ICC, Merton Street, Banbury, OX16 4RN.