Network Rail have published their version of the timetable for the new service.
Sadly, service at Islip is missing the two trains that would render commuting with London and High Wycombe viable : the 06.12 and 20.15 departures for Oxford. (The 06.12 allowed connection at Oxford Parkway for London; the 20.15 allowed a departure from London at 19.07 – o’wise 17.50 or 21.35.) Earliest arrival in London is otherwise 09.27.
Chiltern have informed me that the NR timetable is not final, and that they still intend to run the two trains mentioned above. (I had thought that the NR timetable, published in May and December, was definitive, but that appears not to be the case.)
Aside from this, the NR timetable closely matches the earlier one provided by Chiltern, which is very welcome news.
NR have also just published their “Control Period 5” (CP5) Plan, which only confirms what we already knew :
- EWR infrastructure will not be ready for the proposed Dec 2017 service between Milton Keynes and Reading until 2019
- Oxford Parkway to Oxford opening remains scheduled for March 2016, but is subject to delays in obtaining planning permission for works at Oxford station and approval by Oxford City Council of noise and vibration mitigation.
At least the Oxford Area Resignalling project appears to have been completed on time (May 2015). Electrification also remains part of the plan but with no clear schedule.