Network Rail and Chiltern Railways open ground-breaking new rail line connecting Oxford city centre and London Chiltern Railways and Network Rail opened a new rail link connecting central Oxford with the capital, following a unique Â£320m investment by the franchise operator and the infrastructure manager.
The completion of the new rail link to London â€“ the first from a major British city in more than 100 years sees central Oxford connected to Marylebone via successful new stations Oxford Parkway and Bicester Village. It has been just 12 months since the line opened from Oxford Parkway on the outskirts of Oxford in October 2015. The first year has seen over 1.5 million passengers using the line; this is expected to grow to with the extension into the city.
Chilternâ€™s new service offers Oxford commuters an alternative to travelling into London. The new service will offer two new trains per hour throughout the day between Oxford and London Marylebone with journey times to the capital from around an hour.
The new link is part of Britainâ€™s Railway Upgrade Plan and is an example of new, direct competition on Britainâ€™s railways creating choice and flexibility for customers. It represents a Â£320m investment by Network Rail and Chiltern Railways which have jointly funded the project. The idea for the line was conceived by Chiltern Railways who invested Â£130million of the Â£320million total cost. Network Rail constructed the line on time and within budget as part of the wider East West Rail project, contributing Â£190m.
A close collaborative partnership between Chiltern Railways and Network Rail has delivered high levels of performance. At time of launch Chiltern Railways are one of the most punctual rail operators in the UK and the company is consistently one of the top rated franchise operators for customer satisfaction in the National Rail Passenger Survey.