The Anonymous Widower

We’re Increasing Capacity At Oxford Station To Accommodate Additional Services From 2024

The title of this post, is the same as that of this news item on the Network Rail web site.

This is the sub-heading.

The rail infrastructure in the Oxford Station area is close to full capacity and currently wouldn’t support the start of East West Rail services from the end of 2024. Through Oxfordshire Connect, the station is being expanded and the wider area upgraded, bringing a range of benefits to passengers and residents alike.

I have a few thoughts,

East West Rail Services

East West Rail is aiming to get these services up and running. for Phase 2 of the project.

  • Oxford and Milton Keynes Central via Oxford Parkway, Bicester Village, Winslow and Bletchley – two trains per hour (tph)
  • Oxford and Bedford via Oxford Parkway, Bicester Village, Winslow, Bletchley, Woburn Sands and Ridgmont – one tph
  • Aylesbury and Milton Keynes Central via Aylesbury Vale Parkway, Winslow and Bletchley – one tph.

I suspect not all services will be delivered by the end of 2024. But extra platforms may be needed at Oxford station to accommodate services on East West Rail.

Direct Services Between Oxford And London

There are two direct services in each hour, between Oxford and London Paddington.

  • One service terminates at Oxford and the other service terminates at either Great Malvern, Hereford or Worcester.
  • Both services stop at Slough and Reading.
  • Both services are run by Class 800 electro-diesel trains.

Distances without electrification are as follows.

  • Hereford – 96.9 miles
  • Great Malvern – 76.1 miles
  • Worcester Shrub Hill – 67.6 miles
  • Oxford – 10.5 miles

Hitachi are developing a series of battery-electric Intercity trains, which I described in Hitachi Rail And Angel Trains To Create Intercity Battery Hybrid Train On TransPennine Express.

This Hitachi infographic shows the Hitachi Intercity Battery Hybrid Train.

And this Hitachi infographic shows the Hitachi Intercity Battery Hybrid Train.

It looks to me, that one or both of these trains could work some or all of the the four routes to and through Oxford.

A battery train with a range of 21 miles would certainly be able to go between Paddington and Oxford, with battery charging to the East of Didcot.

These trains could be running services by the end of 2024.


March 3, 2023 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. EWR services from Aylesbury definitely won’t be running end 2024 as that’s still not been confirmed by the DfT. According to “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.” I would have thought it unlikely that will be confirmed before the next government is in power.

    Services to Bedford (i.e. upgrade of current line from Bletchley) are part of what they call ‘connection stage 2’.

    Comment by Peter Robins | March 3, 2023 | Reply

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