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Oxford Parkway railway station

Oxford Parkway
Oxford Parkway
Station site in September 2009
Location
Place Water Eaton
Local authority Cherwell
Coordinates
Grid reference SP501119
Operations
Managed by Chiltern Railways
Number of platforms 2
History
Key dates Opening 2015 (planned) (2015 (planned))
National RailUK railway stations
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Oxford Parkway railway station is a planned[1] railway station at Water Eaton, Oxfordshire, on the railway line between Oxford and Islip. The station will be between Kidlington and Oxford next to an existing park-and-ride site. It will serve Kidlington, north Oxford and nearby villages, and attract park-and-ride traffic from the busy A34, A40 and A44 roads. The existing car park will be enlarged for this purpose.

The station is part of Project Evergreen 3, funded and managed by Chiltern Railways. It will be served every half-hour by trains between London Marylebone and Oxford. Chiltern Railways plans to open the station in Summer 2015 for trains towards Bicester and London, with services towards Oxford commencing in Spring 2016.[2] The journey time to London will be about an hour.

The East West Rail Consortium's planned rail service between Oxford and Milton Keynes Central and Bedford Midland will also serve Oxford Parkway.[3]

The station will be to the north-east of the site of the former Oxford Road Halt, which was opened in 1905 and closed in 1926. In 1942 a Government grain silo was built next to the site as part of a Second World War network to concentrate scarce food and distribute it by rail. It was in operation until the late 1980s.[4] In October 2013 Chiltern Railways had it demolished as part of site preparation for the new station and car park.[5]

On 20 September 2013 the station name was announced as "Oxford Parkway".[6] The previous widely-publicised planned name had been "Water Eaton Parkway".

Services

Preceding station Future services Following station
Oxford   Chiltern Railways
London Marylebone — Oxford
  Islip
Oxford   TBA
Reading — Bedford
  Bicester Town

References

  1. ^ "New Oxford - London rail link given the go-head". Chiltern Railways. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.chilternrailways.co.uk/bicester-oxford
  3. ^ "Prospectus". East West Rail Consortium. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Memory Lane (21 October 2013). "a look back at the history of the Water Eaton grain silo as wartime facility nears its end".  
  5. ^ Fantato, Damian (2 November 2013). "Water Eaton grain silo is demolished".  
  6. ^ "Chiltern Railways names new Oxfordshire station Oxford Parkway" (Press release). Chiltern Railways. 20 September 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 

External links

  • Chiltern Railways official home page
  • Evergreen 3 Project
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