Network Rail have issued a press release that explains exactly what today’s £69m is for: I thought a specific thread ought to be started, as although it is related to EWR NR consider it to be a separate project. For some reason DfT have announced it as a Southampton to Midlands freight improvement, without saying Oxford at all.
”Oxford station is set to be transformed thanks to a £69m funding boost to improve capacity and journey times and develop plans for a new platform and entrance which will mean more trains will be able to serve the station in the future.
Today (Wednesday 26 May) the Department for Transport confirmed it will be investing into Oxford’s railway, with work set to start next year.
The funding will progress the next stage of development work for the introduction of a new track and platform to be added alongside the existing platform 4, creating an island platform on the west-side of the station. This will significantly improve station capacity from 2024 to accommodate new services, such as East West Rail (EWR). This investment is separate but complimentary to the consultation currently underway on EWR: a project which would see Oxford better connect with destinations to Cambridge.
Designs will also be developed for a new western station entrance that will be built next to Botley Road and will link up to the new platform via a subway. The new entrance will make the station more accessible to people living to the west of the station, reducing walking time by up to three minutes.”
Oxford station is set to be transformed thanks to a £69m funding boost to improve capacity and journey times and develop plans for a new platform and entrance which will mean more trains will be able to serve the station in the future.www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk