The Anonymous Widower

Connecting To The Chiltern Main Line

I took these pictures as my train came back from Oxford Parkway station rejoined the Chiltern Main Line using the Bicester Chord.

I think that no-one could complain about the quality of all the work.

October 26, 2015 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Good Progress At The Bicester Chord

I went past the Bicester Chord today on my way to Birmingham and Coventry and some progress has seemed to have been made since I last did this in November last year.

The start of services is supposed to be in September 2015, when Chiltern Trains will reach Oxford Parkway station.

For more about this chord and the stations being built in the area; Bicester Town, Islip and Oxford Parkway, there is a lot of information at the Oxford to Bicester Collaboration web site.

Every project and especially major ones, should have a web site as good as this one.

March 24, 2015 Posted by | Transport | , , , | 1 Comment

The Bicester Chord Takes Shape

I took the Chiltern Line to Stratford upon Avon today and I was able to get these pictures of the building of the Bicester chord.

This will allow Chiltern Trains to start services between Oxford and Marylebone sometime in 2015.

The Bicester Chord is the first idea of several to come to fruition and transform railways in the area between Oxford, Banbury and Milton Keynes.

The East West Rail Link will be built and electrified, to link Oxford, Bicester, Milton Keynes, Bedford, Cambridge, Ipswich and Norwich.

The Cowley Branch at Oxford will be opened to passenger traffic.

Marylebone to Birmingham will drop to ninety minutes.

Chiltern Trains will probably want to expand. This is probably just as well, as if HS2 is to be built and Euston rebuilt, someone will have to get the passengers between London and Birmingham.

November 25, 2014 Posted by | Transport | , , , , | 1 Comment