Published on : Friday, July 14, 2017
The transport bosses of the council said that the East West phase two that connects Bicester to Bletchley might offer frequent services between Oxford, Bicester and Didcot, that is referred to as the ‘knowledge spine’ of the country. It is also believed that this link would transport the heavy goods vehicles off the A34 to make way for freight services minimizing queues on the cities roads.
Oxforshire County Council would respond to a consultation on the plans the following week and it believes that this would also enable better connectivity to other places.
Sue Halliwell who is the director of planning mentioned that the railway network has a ‘significant potential’ to extend westwards connecting Oxford to Swindon, Bristol and also to Heathrow Airport. But then, this would require the upgrading of the railways between Oxford and Didcot and also the redevelopment of Oxford station.
County council leader, Ian Hudspeth feels that the impact of East West Rail would be huge.
A majority of the cash would be flowing from national funds. But then, Oxfordshire County Council is also expected to release £11million for the project. Mark Shaw, the Deputy leader of Buckinghamshire County Council who is also the chairman of the East West Rail Consortium’s Joint Delivery Board said that it would go a long way in unlocking the region’s potential.
The plan involves the construction of a brand new track and platform, offices, shops, a hotel and a 480-space car park to cater for the rises in the passenger numbers throughout the station.
Bob Price, the city council leader thinks that these alterations would ‘maximize’ the potential of the station as well as the city at large.