Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has today approved construction of the new £130M Oxford to London railway line.
McLoughlin signed the Transport and Works Act allowing train operator Chiltern to begin work on the first new rail link between London and a major city for 100 years.
Construction on the new line between London Marylebone and Oxford is due for completion in 2015. As part of the project Chiltern will build new stations in Bicester and a parkway station in north Oxford.
“The Oxford to London link is the latest in a long line of innovative Chiltern-led projects to upgrade the rail infrastructure, fuelled by our understanding of rail’s potential to make a significant contribution to economic growth and prosperity,” said Chiltern business development director Graham Cross.
Chiltern hopes the new rail line will also link up with the recently announced East West Rail project between Oxford and Bedford.