Heart to heart
Chiltern Railways Oxford to London line, UK
December 2016 saw the official launch of the first new rail route between a British city and London in over 100 years, with easy access to a top UK destination: Bicester Village.
The line is good news for commuters, shoppers – and bats too.
On time. On budget
The project has been remarkable in many ways, notably because it was conceived and invested in by Chiltern Railways and built in partnership with Network Rail. The scheme delivered on time and on budget.
It is a rare example of new direct competition on Britain’s railways, providing choice for customers between Oxford and London and a new Parkway station to the north of Oxford.
As part of the Transport and Works Act Order process, Chiltern Railways had to provide a safe, permanent deterrent to bats in Wolvercote tunnel. An innovative lighting solution now encourages bats to hide while minimising light glare for train drivers.
The project shows our commitment to the region’s economic and social prosperity, with an expected boost of over £450m.