Oxford Station’s redevelopment is now fully funded following the grant of £78.6 million from the Department for Transport (DfT).
The grant comes on top of £69m DfT granted the scheme in May 2021 and £10.5m from OxLEP and means significant improvements can now be made.
The key changes include:
- A new track and platform alongside the existing Platform Four.
- A new western station entrance next to Botley Road which will link to the new platform via a subway, stairs and lift.
- Improvements to roads and replacement of Botley Road bridge including the lowering of the road so double-decker buses can pass underneath. The new bridge design will also include a four-metre wide cycle/footpath on each side.
- Reduced journey times thanks to three new track crossovers.
Track works will begin next month with the new bridge going into place in July and August next year.
Mike Gallop, Network Rail’s western route and strategic operations director, said: “Oxford station has been near capacity and in need of a transformation for some time, which this funding will now make a reality. A new entrance, new additional track and platform, and improved accessibility will start to transform this station so that is fit for the 21st Century and significantly enhance capacity for increases in passenger numbers and future services such as East West Rail.
“We recognise there may be some disruption to both passengers and nearby residents while we make these upgrades. We’d like to thank them in advance for their patience and understanding. We will ensure we continue to communicate any changes to services and notify residents of any forthcoming work that may impact them.”
Cllr Susan Brown, leader of Oxford City Council, said: “We know that cities are the most sustainable locations for jobs because of the ability to provide housing close by but also public transport hubs. There will be a significant number of new jobs in the West End and wider city centre over the next few years and we need more passenger services, better freight and a rail service that can really support businesses, residents and visitors in the city.
“Rail provides fast, sustainable transport and plays an important part in our ambitions to improve air quality and reduce congestion.
“This investment is just the next step on that journey. We will continue to work towards a passenger service on the Cowley branch line to connect the south and east of the city, and the further improvements to Oxford Station including the main ticket hall and bus interchange.”
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