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.
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