Oxford to London via Bicester has got the final go-ahead

Summertown’s Sean Feeney had tried to halt the £130m scheme over its environmental impact. It was thought it could have put the scheme back two years.

Mr Feeney brought the case against the Government on the impact of nitrogen oxides on the Oxford Meadows Special Area of Conservation.

But Mr Justice Ouseley said Natural England – a Government executive agency – could enforce pollution measures.

Details here and here.

Bus replacement 17 and 24 February 2013

As you may have noticed – this Sunday (17th Feb) and next (24th), Chiltern are running a bus replacement service until 16:00. I have been informed that these buses will allow bicycles to be carried. If anyone has tried this, please comment here so that I can pass the feedback on to Chiltern Railways. This is an important test of how the service may operate during the closure of the line.

Feedback from Chiltern Railways following AGM

Following the AGM our chairman, Ian East, conveyed the following requests to Chiltern:

  • that accurate up-to-date information, concerning closure and relief, be continuously posted on a clearly delineated website (the EG3 website has little directly useful info)
  • that discussion takes place as soon as possible regarding relief transport during closure, including rail and bus alternatives
  • some members felt an option to use either X5 (half-hourly) or rail via Banbury should be open
  • particular concern was expressed concerning the carriage of bicycles
  • that the situation wrt future service between Oxford and Water Eaton is clarified.

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