The Anonymous Widower

Oxford Now Wants Silent Track

Network Rail must rue the day they agreed to extend the Chiltern Line to Oxford, as the locals have done everything they can to tell Network Rail, that they don’t want the new railway. I wrote about it in July 2015, in Network Rail’s Problems In Oxford.

This article in the Oxford Mail was published yesterday. This title is.

City council bosses to force Network Rail to install Silent Track on another stretch of North Oxford railway.

Which is a good precis of the article.

So what is silent track?

This article on Railway Technology is entitled Tata Steel’s SilentTrack to reduce noise levels at London Blackfriars station.

It gives a sensible explanation.

I know something about noise and vibration and feel very strongly that we should do what we can to minimise noise, where it causes problems.

Noise from a railway comes from several sources.

  • The track
  • Diesel locomotives and multiple units.
  • Pantographs on electric locomotives and multiple units.
  • Freight wagons.

All contribute to a various degree.

In my view, the worst noise comes from diesel locomotives like the noisy and smelly Class 66 locomotives and there is not much point on spending millions on silent track and then allowing these to run through sensitive areas.

The sooner lines like this one through North Oxford are electrified the better.


October 13, 2016 - Posted by | Travel | , ,


  1. What a bunch or cry baby NIMBY’s – why don’t they just plant cypress trees at the bottom of their gardens?

    PS if they put a north chord in at Bicester, would this make this line suitable for use as a night freight route from southern ports to the north? ;-}

    Comment by Mark Clayton | October 13, 2016 | Reply

    • The freight route is part of the plan as the East West Rail Link is an electrified 160 kph route from Reading to Milton Keynes via Oxford, bicester, Winsford, and Bletchley. There will be plenty of paths for freight trains

      Comment by AnonW | October 13, 2016 | Reply

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