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New rail route from London to Oxford proposed by Chiltern Railways

Plans for a new rail route along the congested M40 corridor are to go on display later this month in Oxford.

Chiltern Railways has unveiled plans to provide a new passenger train service between London Marylebone and Oxford will be presented to the public at exhibitions in Bicester, Oxford and Kidlington.

The exhibitions will showcase the proposed route for a fast and frequent rail service as an alternative to the often congested M40 and A34 roads.

The new rail service will be created by upgrading the existing route between Oxford and Bicester Town and by building a short connecting line south east of Bicester, linking the Oxford to Bicester and London Marylebone to Birmingham lines.

The scheme includes line upgrades between Oxford and Bicester, the installation of new signalling and safety systems and major improvements at Oxford, Bicester Town and Islip stations. A new station will also be built at Water Eaton Parkway to serve Kidlington and North Oxford.

Meanwhile, improvements to the Swindon to Gloucester line have also moved closer after transport minister Lord Adonis announced £2.5M of Government funding for preparatory research into double-tracking 20km of the route.

The stretch of line between Swindon and Kemble was singled-tracked in 1968.

The funding will allow engineers to carry out a full evaluation of the existing route and produce detailed plans for work to be done.

Depending on the outcome of the report and funding for the project being secured, work on doubling 20km of single track into two lines on this busy Swindon to Gloucester route could start as early as next year.

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