Oxford Station revamp gets green light

19 August 2022
£161 million in Government funding is being made available for upgrades to the station, helping to bring faster journeys for passengers.

The Department of Transport has announced plans to fund £161m of upgrades at Oxford Station, boosting economic growth and opportunities in the local area.

Announced by Rail Minister Wendy Morton, the upgrades have been specifically designed to improve passenger experience, better integrate the station into the local road networks and boost economic growth by supporting the creation of almost 10,000 jobs in the area.

Among the upgrades will be the creation of a brand-new track, platform and fully accessible entrance on the west side of the station, making travel far easier for passengers. 

Funding will also be used to renovate the existing road bridge on Botley Road to create a four-metre wide cycling and walking path and allow standard height double-decker buses to pass underneath for the first time. It will also fund three new high-speed crossovers to be created, which will enable trains to turn around in the station, increasing services and reducing journey times.

Rail Minister, Wendy Morton said: “While union bosses continue on their campaign to inflict maximum disruption to the lives of everyday people with strikes, I am busy getting on with the job at the hand, modernising our railways to create one which is fit for the 21st Century and meets the needs of the modern-day passenger.

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“This £161 million will truly transform the region, increasing the number of services for passengers, boosting economic growth by connecting people to new opportunities and increasing freight services between the South and Midlands.

Mike Gallop, Network Rail’s Western route and Strategic Operations Director, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this significant amount of funding from the Department for Transport, which will enable us to make positive substantial improvements to Oxford station and railway for the benefit of our passengers and freight customers.

“A new entrance, new additional track and platform, and improved accessibility will transform this station, so that it is fit for the 21st century and significantly enhance its capacity for increases in passenger numbers and future services such as East West Rail."

As one of the busiest stations in the South of England, managing 8.7 million passenger journeys a year pre-pandemic, the new track and platform is hoped to significantly improve capacity at the station, boosting connections, the economy and job opportunities in the area, with almost 10,000 new roles being supported as a result of the project. 

Work at the station will begin later this year, with the Botley Road improvements expected to be completed by the end of 2023, followed by the new platform and entrance, which is set to open in 2024.

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