We will be installing the additional length of noise barrier within the rail corridor adjacent to the public footpath running between Bletchingdon Road and Church Close Islip and Dr South’s primary school, primarily during the school holidays in the period 11 July to 28 August 2016.
As access to the railway corridor is required at either end of this footpath, we have applied for temporary closure of this footpath, primarily for health and safety reasons, during these works with pedestrians being diverted past the village war memorial. We will be removing fencing for access and reinstating both this and any footpath damage at the ends of works. The diversion will be signed and the information will also be available on our website.
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Robert Goodwill, Rail Minister, noted in the House of Commons that trains are now expected to run into Oxford in September 2016, not May as indicated previously.
This is hardly a surprise, and may well remain optimistic.
Once again, I must condemn communication by the Consortium and Chiltern, who must have know this already but failed to inform us. Commuters from Islip and Bicester to Oxford will have been deprived of their service for a full two and a half years.
He also reasserted government commitment to the construction of Phase 2 (Bicester to Bletchley, and Aylesbury to Milton Keynes), with 100mph operation and electrification, though completion is not expected before 2020.
The OBRAG AGM took place on 17 January 2013 and was attended by around 26 members. Please find the minutes of the meeting here.
The OBRAG AGM will be held at Bicester Methodist Church, starting at 18:30 on Thursday 17th January 2013. All are welcome for what is an important chance to have your say, particularly given the current plans for temporary line closure while the track is upgraded.
Updated below with details of guest speaker.
Chiltern Railways has finally won permission from the Government to create a £130m railway route between Oxford and London, via Bicester.
More details here and here.