OXF – BIC

Status: constructed

Oxford to Bicester

East West Rail is a valuable rail infrastructure project for the region. It aims to deliver vital transport connections for communities between Oxford and Cambridge, providing people with faster journeys and more affordable travel. Connecting them to the things that matter most.

A major upgrade of the existing railway line between Oxford and Bicester was completed in December 2016. The work was delivered by Network Rail, Chiltern Railways, and a joint venture led by local companies Carillion and Buckingham Group.

As the East West Rail project is delivered, more services will be added to this section of the railway.

East West Rail Route between Bicester and Bletchley

Local benefits

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New stations and services

New stations have been built at Oxford Parkway and Bicester Village. They will provide vital connectivity for local communities.

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Cheaper and easier travel

With new services and stations, we aim to make travel quicker and cheaper for all.

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Jobs and growth

By connecting science parks, universities and industry, we’ll provide access to new opportunities.

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Bicester Village

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Services will be introduced in three connection stages

We’ve designed the delivery of this project with the community in mind. Ensuring minimal disruption, while making sure the services are reliable from the start. All to provide the best value for the taxpayer.

To achieve this, we will be introducing services in three connection stages. Read more below, or watch our helpful video.

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Connection stages

    Following confirmation of funding in the 2020 Spending Review, we’re now starting construction of the section between Bicester and Bletchley, delivered through the East West Rail Alliance. This will allow us to run trains from Oxford to Milton Keynes by 2025 (Connection Stage 1).

    Delivering a reliable service for passengers is our top priority, and we are working with government to deliver the full Oxford-Milton Keynes connection from day one.  We may though need to introduce the service to Bletchley first, and then extend to Milton Keynes as soon as we are satisfied it will be reliable for our customers.

    Upgrades to Bletchley station have already begun, and a brand-new station will be built for communities at Winslow.

    We are also working on a costed plan to run a reliable service from Aylesbury, so we can make the best possible case for Government to confirm that upgrade too.

    After the Oxford to Bletchley/Milton Keynes connection is delivered, the next stage of East West Rail will see trains run from Oxford all the way to Bedford. Bedford station will be completely remodelled to support this.

    The existing train line between Bletchley and Bedford will also need a significant upgrade, both to enable trains to reach Bedford, and so that trains can eventually run all the way to Cambridge

    We are looking at different options to do this while minimising disruption. We will bring these options to the community through a consultation in early 2021.

    After the Oxford to Bedford Connection is delivered, in the final stage of East West Rail services will run all the way from Oxford through to Cambridge, via Bedford.

    We will be presenting options for the section between Bedford and Cambridge in a public consultation early in 2021.

    Following consultation we will work with Government to unlock the next stage of funding to progress the project.

Project delivery

Our role is to oversee delivery of the project between Oxford and Bletchley. We're also designing the section of railway between Bletchley and Cambridge. 

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