Railway firm welcomes news on Evergreen 3

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Chiltern Railways have welcomed the result of a judicial challenge against the building of a new railway line between Oxford and London, through Bicester.

Bicester resident Sean Feeney lost his High Court bid to stop the Evergreen 3 project.

The news has been welcomed by Graham Cross, director of Chiltern Railways.

He said: “We welcome the High Court decision confirming that Chiltern Railways has the necessary powers to build a new rail route between Oxford and London Marylebone.

This decision dismisses a judicial challenge of the Secretary of State for Transport’s award of the powers, which were held to be in the public interest, in October 2012.

“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.

“Chiltern Railways plan to open the line and operate services from Oxford’s new parkway station close to Water Eaton from the summer of 2015 with the full line to Oxford expected to open in spring 2016.

“Construction work will begin this summer with the line between Bicester Town and Oxford expected to close in February 2014. Passengers should be reassured that 12 weeks notice of the line closure will be given.”