Monday, 21 December 2015

Rail Ticket Refunds Too Difficult to Claim

UK Railway News



As if it was not hard enough to find the cheapest ticket for a particular rail journey, (see "Are Rail Passengers Being Ripped Off by Complex Ticket Pricing Structures?", 20/12/15), it now appears that passengers are having to 'jump-through-hoops' to try and claim refunds for which they are entitled to due to late trains.


The consumer group, Which?, has recently reported that train companies are making it too hard for passengers to claim compensation, or even find out it they are eligible.

According to a poll of 7,000 passengers, only 36% remembered being informed of their rights after their delay.

After carrying out a 'mystery shopper' exercise at 102 railway stations, Which? found that not enough was being done to remove unnecessary barriers to complaining for passengers.

Richard Lloyd, executive director for Which?, said: "Millions of passengers are left out of pocket each year, so train companies must do more to put their passengers first and make rail refunds easier."

Which? has made a 'super-complaint' to the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) formally requesting that it investigates the issue.  The ORR is required to respond to Which? within 90 days.

In defence of these accusations the Department for Transport said it was committed to improving compensation arrangements and that measures to simplify the process had helped produce a seven-fold increase in payments since 2011.

You may also wish to visit my other blog, 'Pen To Paper', which contains interesting posts on a wide variety of subjects.


A selection of railway videos from 'Along These Tracks'
UK Railways - Banbury Trains 16 June 2014 Video 
UK Railways - Trains at Gravesend March 2014 Video
UK Railways - Class 321 and 319 EMUs at Northampton 1999
UK Railways - Freight Through Northampton May 1999 Video
UK Railways - Class 58018 Heading a Ballast Train at Finedon
UK Railways - Banbury Trains at Night Video
UK Railways - Trains at Basingstoke Station 12 August 2013
UK Railways - 375 and 395 EMU's at Martin Mill and Ashford International
UK Railways - Freight Trains Through Northampton May 2013
UK Railways - Virgin Pendolinos Through Bletchley May 2013
UK Railways - Class 350 Desiro EMU Trains at Northampton May 2013
UK Railways - Class 390 Virgin Pendolinos Through Wolverton 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 350 'London Midland' EMU's at Wolverton 2013 Video
UK Railways - Chiltern Railways, First Great Western, XCountry DMU's at Banbury 2013
UK Railways - Class 222 Trains DMU's at Wellingborough Apr 2013
UK Railways - Class 43 IC125 Trains at Wellingborough Apr 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 222 Trains, DMU's, at Wellingborough Apr 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 321 EMU Snakes into Bletchley Sidings 1990's
UK Railways - Class 321 & 350 EMU's at Wolverton Video
UK Railways - Class 321 Network South East leaves Bletchley Video
UK Railways - Class 321 Silverlink Trains EMU leaves Wolverton Video
UK Railways - Class 325 Royal Mail EMU Passes through Rugby Video
UK Railways - Class 350 127 EMU Passes through Rugby Video
UK Railways - Class 321 418 Silverlink EMU at Wolverton
UK Railways - Class 60 015 Diesel Locomotive approaches Wolverton
UK Railways - Virgin Pendolino Class 390 041 EMU at Rugby Video







Sunday, 20 December 2015

Are Rail Passengers Being Ripped Off by Complex Ticket Pricing Structures?

UK Railway News




Christian Woolmar, author of a series of books on railway history, who writes a fortnightly column for Rail magazine and is a member of campaign group, Railfuture, certainly thinks so, saying: "Passengers are getting ripped off.  The pricing is completely incomprehensible."


Meanwhile, Richard Lloyd, executive director of Which? said: "It should be easier for passengers to find the cheapest tickets for their journey.

"It's absurd that some train companies are still making passengers do all the hard work to find out how to get the cheapest fares".

One example of this complicated state of affairs is highlighted on Virgin train services from London the Manchester where prices for a standard ticket were £73 on one journey to £20 on another.

While a second example sees passengers travelling on CrossCountry trains between Leeds and Bristol being offered a "cheapest" fare available on one Christmas Eve service for £110.80, while only two days later the same journey would cost a mere £32.80.

A study by the Department for Transport (DfT) shows more than two thirds of passengers admit to being unclear over the bewildering variations in ticket prices.

So can things ever get simpler for rail ticket buyers?  Perhaps they might.

It is understood that the rail regulator will be sending out warnings to some rail operators in the coming weeks, ordering them to simplify prices available online.  Though at present it is not clear which train companies will be targeted.


You may also wish to visit my other blog, 'Pen To Paper', which contains interesting posts on a wide variety of subjects.


A selection of railway videos from 'Along These Tracks'
UK Railways - Banbury Trains 16 June 2014 Video 
UK Railways - Trains at Gravesend March 2014 Video
UK Railways - Class 321 and 319 EMUs at Northampton 1999
UK Railways - Freight Through Northampton May 1999 Video
UK Railways - Class 58018 Heading a Ballast Train at Finedon
UK Railways - Banbury Trains at Night Video
UK Railways - Trains at Basingstoke Station 12 August 2013
UK Railways - 375 and 395 EMU's at Martin Mill and Ashford International
UK Railways - Freight Trains Through Northampton May 2013
UK Railways - Virgin Pendolinos Through Bletchley May 2013
UK Railways - Class 350 Desiro EMU Trains at Northampton May 2013
UK Railways - Class 390 Virgin Pendolinos Through Wolverton 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 350 'London Midland' EMU's at Wolverton 2013 Video
UK Railways - Chiltern Railways, First Great Western, XCountry DMU's at Banbury 2013
UK Railways - Class 222 Trains DMU's at Wellingborough Apr 2013
UK Railways - Class 43 IC125 Trains at Wellingborough Apr 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 222 Trains, DMU's, at Wellingborough Apr 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 321 EMU Snakes into Bletchley Sidings 1990's
UK Railways - Class 321 & 350 EMU's at Wolverton Video
UK Railways - Class 321 Network South East leaves Bletchley Video
UK Railways - Class 321 Silverlink Trains EMU leaves Wolverton Video
UK Railways - Class 325 Royal Mail EMU Passes through Rugby Video
UK Railways - Class 350 127 EMU Passes through Rugby Video
UK Railways - Class 321 418 Silverlink EMU at Wolverton
UK Railways - Class 60 015 Diesel Locomotive approaches Wolverton
UK Railways - Virgin Pendolino Class 390 041 EMU at Rugby Video








Thursday, 10 December 2015

More Frequent Trains Pledged Between Retford and Sheffield

UK Railway News


Class 144 Pacer DMU enters Retford station

In the wake of news that from April 2016 Arriva will be taking over from Northern Rail, it has been announced that Retford commuters will benefit from extra trains and shorter journey times as part of the take-over deal.

 
Arriva have committed themselves to providing half-hourly services, between Retford and Sheffield, by providing 20 additional trains (10 in each direction), replacing the hourly service operating at present between 7am and 7pm on weekdays.

It is said that the new timetable will mean that Worksop railway station will have the most frequent train services since it was opened in 1849.

Other changes as part of the Arriva deal are:

FASTER SERVICES - the extra trains between Sheffield and Worksop will call at intermediate stations, allowing the hourly Sheffield-Worksop-Retford service to run non-stop between Worksop and Sheffield, reducing the Retford to Sheffield journey time by up to 12 minutes by December 2019.

NEW TRAINS - most of the trains currently used on the line are 30-year-old Pacer trains. These will be replaced by 120 new trains while existing Sprinter trains are to be refurbished.

AN ENHANCED SUNDAY SERVICE - the current two-hourly service doesn't start until mid-afternoon.  By December 2017, the service will start in the morning and run every hour.

IMPROVED WEEKDAY SERVICES - the new specifications will see the number of trains between Sheffield and Worksop doubled, so that by December 2019, the service will run every 30 minutes throughout the day.


You may also wish to visit my other blog, 'Pen To Paper', which contains interesting posts on a wide variety of subjects.


A selection of railway videos from 'Along These Tracks'
UK Railways - Banbury Trains 16 June 2014 Video 
UK Railways - Trains at Gravesend March 2014 Video
UK Railways - Class 321 and 319 EMUs at Northampton 1999
UK Railways - Freight Through Northampton May 1999 Video
UK Railways - Class 58018 Heading a Ballast Train at Finedon
UK Railways - Banbury Trains at Night Video
UK Railways - Trains at Basingstoke Station 12 August 2013
UK Railways - 375 and 395 EMU's at Martin Mill and Ashford International
UK Railways - Freight Trains Through Northampton May 2013
UK Railways - Virgin Pendolinos Through Bletchley May 2013
UK Railways - Class 350 Desiro EMU Trains at Northampton May 2013
UK Railways - Class 390 Virgin Pendolinos Through Wolverton 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 350 'London Midland' EMU's at Wolverton 2013 Video
UK Railways - Chiltern Railways, First Great Western, XCountry DMU's at Banbury 2013
UK Railways - Class 222 Trains DMU's at Wellingborough Apr 2013
UK Railways - Class 43 IC125 Trains at Wellingborough Apr 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 222 Trains, DMU's, at Wellingborough Apr 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 321 EMU Snakes into Bletchley Sidings 1990's
UK Railways - Class 321 & 350 EMU's at Wolverton Video
UK Railways - Class 321 Network South East leaves Bletchley Video
UK Railways - Class 321 Silverlink Trains EMU leaves Wolverton Video
UK Railways - Class 325 Royal Mail EMU Passes through Rugby Video
UK Railways - Class 350 127 EMU Passes through Rugby Video
UK Railways - Class 321 418 Silverlink EMU at Wolverton
UK Railways - Class 60 015 Diesel Locomotive approaches Wolverton
UK Railways - Virgin Pendolino Class 390 041 EMU at Rugby Video



Bluebell Heritage Railway Events For 2016






Thursday, 5 November 2015

Ffestiniog Railway Building New Wagon Shed

Heritage Railway News




The Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway, a 1ft. 11.5 in. narrow gauge railway operating within much of the Snowdonia National Park, is in the process of building a £120,000 building in its Minffordd Yard to house its unique collection of 19th century rail vehicles.

 
The 90 metre long shed will contain nearly half a kilometre of track and five storage roads.

It will provide space for all of the railway's 220 waggons, both restored and those awaiting restoration.  The F&WHR owns the largest fleet of 19th century railway goods vehicles in the world, many related to the former Welsh slate industry.

Sam Miller, F&WHR Heritage Director, said: "We are delighted that the shed is finally under construction.  This represents a massive leap forward in our ability to care for our historic rolling stock and grow the fleet of restored vehicles.  This aim has been supported throughout the wider F&WHR organisation.

Other Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway posts on this blog:
Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway's New Pullman Saloon


You may also wish to visit my other blog, 'Pen To Paper', which contains interesting posts on a wide variety of subjects.


A selection of railway videos from 'Along These Tracks'
UK Railways - Banbury Trains 16 June 2014 Video 
UK Railways - Trains at Gravesend March 2014 Video
UK Railways - Class 321 and 319 EMUs at Northampton 1999
UK Railways - Freight Through Northampton May 1999 Video
UK Railways - Class 58018 Heading a Ballast Train at Finedon
UK Railways - Banbury Trains at Night Video
UK Railways - Trains at Basingstoke Station 12 August 2013
UK Railways - 375 and 395 EMU's at Martin Mill and Ashford International
UK Railways - Freight Trains Through Northampton May 2013
UK Railways - Virgin Pendolinos Through Bletchley May 2013
UK Railways - Class 350 Desiro EMU Trains at Northampton May 2013
UK Railways - Class 390 Virgin Pendolinos Through Wolverton 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 350 'London Midland' EMU's at Wolverton 2013 Video
UK Railways - Chiltern Railways, First Great Western, XCountry DMU's at Banbury 2013
UK Railways - Class 222 Trains DMU's at Wellingborough Apr 2013
UK Railways - Class 43 IC125 Trains at Wellingborough Apr 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 222 Trains, DMU's, at Wellingborough Apr 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 321 EMU Snakes into Bletchley Sidings 1990's
UK Railways - Class 321 & 350 EMU's at Wolverton Video
UK Railways - Class 321 Network South East leaves Bletchley Video
UK Railways - Class 321 Silverlink Trains EMU leaves Wolverton Video
UK Railways - Class 325 Royal Mail EMU Passes through Rugby Video
UK Railways - Class 350 127 EMU Passes through Rugby Video
UK Railways - Class 321 418 Silverlink EMU at Wolverton
UK Railways - Class 60 015 Diesel Locomotive approaches Wolverton
UK Railways - Virgin Pendolino Class 390 041 EMU at Rugby Video




Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Restored Wensleydale Railway Coach Officially Opened

Heritage Railway News


Restored Coach 5345 at Aysgarth Station 


Sir Gary Verity, knighted by the Queen in the 2015 Honours List and instrumental in leading the winning bid to bring the Grand Depart of the Tour de France to Yorkshire in 2014, officated at the official opening of a restored railway carriage on the Wensleydale Railway on 19th October 2015.

 
Members of the Aysgarth Station Project backed by a £5,000 grant from the Richmondshire Community Opportunities Fund and the Wensleydale Railway Trust carried out the work on coach No. 5345.

Unveiling a plaque inside the carriage, Sir Gary Verity said: "I’m delighted to unveil this wonderful railway carriage which has been painstakingly restored by a dedicated team of local volunteers and businesses.

“The carriage will be a huge asset for the Wensleydale Railway, which is one of the longest heritage railway routes in the country, and plays such an important role in tourism. There are some excellent facilities being developed at Aysgarth and I hope this will pave the way for the service’s expansion.”

As part of a scheme to restore the line up to Aysgarth station, Wensleydale volunteers rescued coach 5345 which had been parked in a siding at Redmire station and have spent months restoring it.

Project Chairman, Mr. Neil Barker said they are keen to attract new volunteers to help with the project. The 22 mile long Wensleydale railway is one of the longest heritage railways in the country operating between Northallerton, Leeming Bar and Redmire in the main season, and is considering an extension of the line from Redmire to Aysgarth Falls.


You may also wish to visit my other blog, 'Pen To Paper', which contains interesting posts on a wide variety of subjects.


A selection of railway videos from 'Along These Tracks'
UK Railways - Banbury Trains 16 June 2014 Video 
UK Railways - Trains at Gravesend March 2014 Video
UK Railways - Class 321 and 319 EMUs at Northampton 1999
UK Railways - Freight Through Northampton May 1999 Video
UK Railways - Class 58018 Heading a Ballast Train at Finedon
UK Railways - Banbury Trains at Night Video
UK Railways - Trains at Basingstoke Station 12 August 2013
UK Railways - 375 and 395 EMU's at Martin Mill and Ashford International
UK Railways - Freight Trains Through Northampton May 2013
UK Railways - Virgin Pendolinos Through Bletchley May 2013
UK Railways - Class 350 Desiro EMU Trains at Northampton May 2013
UK Railways - Class 390 Virgin Pendolinos Through Wolverton 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 350 'London Midland' EMU's at Wolverton 2013 Video
UK Railways - Chiltern Railways, First Great Western, XCountry DMU's at Banbury 2013
UK Railways - Class 222 Trains DMU's at Wellingborough Apr 2013
UK Railways - Class 43 IC125 Trains at Wellingborough Apr 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 222 Trains, DMU's, at Wellingborough Apr 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 321 EMU Snakes into Bletchley Sidings 1990's
UK Railways - Class 321 & 350 EMU's at Wolverton Video
UK Railways - Class 321 Network South East leaves Bletchley Video
UK Railways - Class 321 Silverlink Trains EMU leaves Wolverton Video
UK Railways - Class 325 Royal Mail EMU Passes through Rugby Video
UK Railways - Class 350 127 EMU Passes through Rugby Video
UK Railways - Class 321 418 Silverlink EMU at Wolverton
UK Railways - Class 60 015 Diesel Locomotive approaches Wolverton
UK Railways - Virgin Pendolino Class 390 041 EMU at Rugby Video





Monday, 19 October 2015

Aberdeen to Inverness Railway in Line For Upgrade

UK Railway News




Following the success of the Borders railway, another key rail route in Scotland, the Aberdeen to Inverness line, is on track for a £170 million improvement package funded by the Scottish government.

 
When completed the line will benefit from faster journey times between destinations and more frequent trains, and there are plans for a new station at Forres.

The platforms at Insch and Elgin stations will be extended to cope with longer trains, signalling systems are to be enhanced, while Dalcross and Kintore will have initial infrastructure work done that will allow new stations to be built there in the future.

BAM, the company responsible for completion of the new Borders rail line, has been made the principal contractor for the upgrade work.

Opened in 1855, and operated in three sections by the Inverness and Nairn Railway, the Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway, and the Great North of Scotland Railway, the line suffered in the 1950's and 1960's with many intermediate station closures.  

Only Inverurie, Insch and Dyce survived.


A selection of railway videos from 'Along These Tracks'
UK Railways - Banbury Trains 16 June 2014 Video 
UK Railways - Trains at Gravesend March 2014 Video
UK Railways - Class 321 and 319 EMUs at Northampton 1999
UK Railways - Freight Through Northampton May 1999 Video
UK Railways - Class 58018 Heading a Ballast Train at Finedon
UK Railways - Banbury Trains at Night Video
UK Railways - Trains at Basingstoke Station 12 August 2013
UK Railways - 375 and 395 EMU's at Martin Mill and Ashford International
UK Railways - Freight Trains Through Northampton May 2013
UK Railways - Virgin Pendolinos Through Bletchley May 2013
UK Railways - Class 350 Desiro EMU Trains at Northampton May 2013
UK Railways - Class 390 Virgin Pendolinos Through Wolverton 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 350 'London Midland' EMU's at Wolverton 2013 Video
UK Railways - Chiltern Railways, First Great Western, XCountry DMU's at Banbury 2013
UK Railways - Class 222 Trains DMU's at Wellingborough Apr 2013
UK Railways - Class 43 IC125 Trains at Wellingborough Apr 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 222 Trains, DMU's, at Wellingborough Apr 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 321 EMU Snakes into Bletchley Sidings 1990's
UK Railways - Class 321 & 350 EMU's at Wolverton Video
UK Railways - Class 321 Network South East leaves Bletchley Video
UK Railways - Class 321 Silverlink Trains EMU leaves Wolverton Video
UK Railways - Class 325 Royal Mail EMU Passes through Rugby Video
UK Railways - Class 350 127 EMU Passes through Rugby Video
UK Railways - Class 321 418 Silverlink EMU at Wolverton
UK Railways - Class 60 015 Diesel Locomotive approaches Wolverton
UK Railways - Virgin Pendolino Class 390 041 EMU at Rugby Video


Sunday, 18 October 2015

Northampton and Lamport Railway On Track For Possible 3 Mile Extension

Heritage Railway News




The Northampton and Lamport Railway, a heritage railway running on the trackbed of the Northampton to Market Harborough line which closed on 26th August 1973, may be on track to extend the 1.5 mile working length of the railway if a public consultation goes in their favour enabling them to be granted a 50 year lease on a section of land.

 
If they get the go-ahead it will mean being able to double the length of their running track as far as the site of the old Spratton station, which closed on 23 May 1949, and stood between Pitsford and Brampton station, (current home of the Northampton and Lamport Railway) and Brixworth station.

The line of the Northampton and Lamport Railway, which carried its first passengers on the 19th November 1995, is 5 miles from Northampton and forms part of a 14-mile linear park known as the Brampton Valley Way, and incorporates a public footpath running alongside much of the heritage railway's tracks.  Therefore, before any land can be leased, visitors to the park will be invited to give their opinions on the proposal before any final decision can be made.



Northampton Steam Railway Limited, which already leases land from Northampton County Council, says it will apply for various grants to fund the extension northwards, which already has planning permission.

If the line extension gets the go-ahead, a safety fence will be erected between the railway line and the public.


You may also wish to visit my other blog, 'Pen To Paper', which contains interesting posts on a wide variety of subjects.


A selection of railway videos from 'Along These Tracks'
UK Railways - Banbury Trains 16 June 2014 Video 
UK Railways - Trains at Gravesend March 2014 Video
UK Railways - Class 321 and 319 EMUs at Northampton 1999
UK Railways - Freight Through Northampton May 1999 Video
UK Railways - Class 58018 Heading a Ballast Train at Finedon
UK Railways - Banbury Trains at Night Video
UK Railways - Trains at Basingstoke Station 12 August 2013
UK Railways - 375 and 395 EMU's at Martin Mill and Ashford International
UK Railways - Freight Trains Through Northampton May 2013
UK Railways - Virgin Pendolinos Through Bletchley May 2013
UK Railways - Class 350 Desiro EMU Trains at Northampton May 2013
UK Railways - Class 390 Virgin Pendolinos Through Wolverton 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 350 'London Midland' EMU's at Wolverton 2013 Video
UK Railways - Chiltern Railways, First Great Western, XCountry DMU's at Banbury 2013
UK Railways - Class 222 Trains DMU's at Wellingborough Apr 2013
UK Railways - Class 43 IC125 Trains at Wellingborough Apr 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 222 Trains, DMU's, at Wellingborough Apr 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 321 EMU Snakes into Bletchley Sidings 1990's
UK Railways - Class 321 & 350 EMU's at Wolverton Video
UK Railways - Class 321 Network South East leaves Bletchley Video
UK Railways - Class 321 Silverlink Trains EMU leaves Wolverton Video
UK Railways - Class 325 Royal Mail EMU Passes through Rugby Video
UK Railways - Class 350 127 EMU Passes through Rugby Video
UK Railways - Class 321 418 Silverlink EMU at Wolverton
UK Railways - Class 60 015 Diesel Locomotive approaches Wolverton
UK Railways - Virgin Pendolino Class 390 041 EMU at Rugby Video

Bluebell Heritage Railway Events For 2016

Saturday, 17 October 2015

New Oxford Parkway/Bicester Village Station to London Line Will Run 18 Hours a Day

UK Railway News




Trains running on the new Oxford Parkway/Bicester Village Station, (the latter replacing the former Bicester Town Station),  to London Marylebone, will be running services for 18 hours a day when the line opens on Monday 26th October 2015.

 
On weekdays the first train on the new line to London Marylebone will leave Oxford Parkway at 5.42am, stopping at Bicester at 5.52am, with the last train leaving London Marylebone on weekdays at 11.10pm arriving at Bicester Village Station at 12.06am and Oxford Parkway at 12.17am.

Chiltern Railways train services will run about every half an hour and more frequently at peak times.

In response to frequently asked questions from the public, the reponses from Chiltern Railways are as follows:

What benefits will the new rail service bring?
Passengers from north and east Oxford, Kidlington, Yarnton, Woodstock and Witney will have easy access to a mainline rail service at Oxford Parkway station, without having to drive through the congested city centre.   Commuters from Bicester to Oxford will have a fast and frequent rail alternative to the crowded A34, whilst the Bicester Village shopping centre will have a direct rail service from the capital, taking many cars off the M40.  Oxford will also gain a rail link to High Wycombe, for the first time in over 40 years, and connections to Wembley Stadium.

Where will the new line stop and what work are you doing? 
There will be four stations along the route; Bicester Town, Islip and Oxford stations will be upgraded to accommodate the new train service and a new parkway station will be built next to the Water Eaton park and ride.

·         Bicester Town station will be completely rebuilt, with a booking office, coffee shop, a bus interchange and parking for cars, taxis and bikes. There will be two platforms, with access from London Road on both sides of the level crossing. The area around the station will be greatly improved, to make it a fitting gateway for the town. A direct pedestrian link will be provided to the Bicester Village Outlet Shopping Centre.

·         Islip station will be substantially refurbished and the existing platform lengthened allow for allow for longer trains. There will be new passenger facilities including a new waiting shelter, ticket vending machines and improved paving. The station will remain as a facility for the local community, and will not be promoted as a railhead for the wider area.

Oxford station will be enlarged by the construction additional platforms on the site of the former parcels depot (on the east side of the station, adjacent to the present platform 3). These will be integrated into the existing station, enabling easy interchange between Chiltern, CrossCountry and First Great Western services.

 The new parkway station at Water Eaton will be built adjacent to the existing Water Eaton bus park and ride, on the site of the derelict grain silos east of the A4165 Banbury Road. It will have a booking office, a coffee shop and a full range of facilities, including secure car and cycle parking. There will be direct and easy interchange with buses to Kidlington, the City Centre and the Radcliffe Hospital.   We have not decided on a name for this station as yet.

What train services will operate?
It is currently expected that trains will run every half an hour between London Marylebone and Oxford. Projected journey times are:-

Marylebone-Oxford from 66 minutes;
Marylebone-Oxford Parkway from 58 minutes;
Bicester Town-Oxford from 14 minutes; and
Oxford-High Wycombe from 38minutes.
All trains will call at Bicester Town, Water Eaton Parkway and Oxford. Some will also call at Islip. Most trains will stop en-route at High Wycombe, with easy connections to Wembley Stadium and other Chiltern stations.

The exact timetable and stopping patterns will be communicated closer to the opening date.

How is the project funded?
Chiltern Railways is funding the work needed for the new Oxford-Marylebone trains; this will be funded entirely by Chiltern Railways, as part of their franchise commitment, and no additional public funding will be required.

 When will you open?

We have reviewed our timescales and we will continue to commence services from Oxford Parkway in 2015.   However, we will not run services from Oxford to Marylebone until 2016.


You may also wish to visit my other blog, 'Pen To Paper', which contains interesting posts on a wide variety of subjects.


A selection of railway videos from 'Along These Tracks'
UK Railways - Banbury Trains 16 June 2014 Video 
UK Railways - Trains at Gravesend March 2014 Video
UK Railways - Class 321 and 319 EMUs at Northampton 1999
UK Railways - Freight Through Northampton May 1999 Video
UK Railways - Class 58018 Heading a Ballast Train at Finedon
UK Railways - Banbury Trains at Night Video
UK Railways - Trains at Basingstoke Station 12 August 2013
UK Railways - 375 and 395 EMU's at Martin Mill and Ashford International
UK Railways - Freight Trains Through Northampton May 2013
UK Railways - Virgin Pendolinos Through Bletchley May 2013
UK Railways - Class 350 Desiro EMU Trains at Northampton May 2013
UK Railways - Class 390 Virgin Pendolinos Through Wolverton 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 350 'London Midland' EMU's at Wolverton 2013 Video
UK Railways - Chiltern Railways, First Great Western, XCountry DMU's at Banbury 2013
UK Railways - Class 222 Trains DMU's at Wellingborough Apr 2013
UK Railways - Class 43 IC125 Trains at Wellingborough Apr 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 222 Trains, DMU's, at Wellingborough Apr 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 321 EMU Snakes into Bletchley Sidings 1990's
UK Railways - Class 321 & 350 EMU's at Wolverton Video
UK Railways - Class 321 Network South East leaves Bletchley Video
UK Railways - Class 321 Silverlink Trains EMU leaves Wolverton Video
UK Railways - Class 325 Royal Mail EMU Passes through Rugby Video
UK Railways - Class 350 127 EMU Passes through Rugby Video
UK Railways - Class 321 418 Silverlink EMU at Wolverton
UK Railways - Class 60 015 Diesel Locomotive approaches Wolverton
UK Railways - Virgin Pendolino Class 390 041 EMU at Rugby Video




Class 67s 'Royal Sovereign' and 'Diamond Jubilee' Locos Northampton

During the reconstruction of Northampton's railway station in 2014, I decided to take a trip there on the 24th June to see how thing...