The body set up to improve rail links between Oxford and Cambridge has appointed WSP to examine the infrastructure and capacity required to enable more trains to run in and out of Oxford station.
The client is the East West Railway Company, the government body set up to accelerate the East West Rail project, which will create a new rail link between Cambridge and Oxford. It wants the new service between the cities to stop at Bletchley, Milton Keynes and Bedford.
The plan is for four trains per hour to run to and from Oxford Station. This would be in addition to the two Chiltern Railways trains which currently run to Oxford from Marylebone. WSP will assess what needs to be done at the station to accommodate this increase in services
“Oxford station is set to become an even more important destination with the launch of new services to Milton Keynes and Cambridge, and we are delighted to be working with the East West Railway Company to define an optimum operational and infrastructure plan for Oxford station to support the reliable introduction of these new services,” said WSP head of rail strategy and planning Edward O’Loughlin.
The East West rail link is being developed alongside an expressway, with the aim of boosting the economy in the area between the two cities, with some dubbing it the UK’s Silicon Valley.
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