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Oxford station masterplan details revealed

Oxford masterplan

Oxford City Council is preparing to rubber stamp plans to completely redevelop Oxford rail station and its surrounding area.

The latest details of the scheme have been revealed in a Supplementary Planning Document produced by Aecom, which councillors will approve next week before it goes to public consultation.

The Oxford Station Masterplan has been developed by Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council and Network Rail inconjunction with the train operating companies and the Department for Transport.

Plans include a new 6,500m² station building and concourse with retail outlets, as well as a new rail track and platforms, and provision for future rail tracks.

Oxford Station Masterplan

Oxford Station Masterplan

Source: Aecom

A multi-modal transport interchange on Becket Street will have a new bus station, a multi-storey car park, short-term parking, a taxi point and disabled parking. There is also the potential for further commercial development such as a hotel. 

Cycle parking space is in high demand at the current single-storey station, which the planning document describes as having basic facilities for passengers. In the new development 2,450 covered cycle stands will be installed.

Pedestrians are given priority in designs for the station, which takes inspiration from Kings Cross station’s pedestrian-friendly arrival square.

However, the architectural significance of some of the city’s ancient buildings means height restrictions will be in place. Flooding issues will need to be consulted on, and two key footbridges will need to retain some access during construction.

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