Chiltern Railways marks Oxford Parkway anniversary
Chiltern Railways marked the third anniversary of the start of services from Oxford Parkway, Islip and Bicester Village stations on October 25, stating that seven million journeys have been made on the route.
The operator also says that 4.5 million passengers have travelled through Bicester Village and 2.5 million through Oxford Parkway.
Research by the Department for Transport suggests that 10% of Oxford Parkway passengers previously made their journeys by car, and that 19% were making trips they had not previously made. A quarter of a million car journeys are said to have been taken off Oxford’s roads.
CR Managing Director Dave Penney said: “These stations have given people choice, taken cars off the road, and provided real benefits for those living and working in the region.”
Network Rail’s London North Western Route Managing Director Martin Frobisher said: “This new route was built as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan, and working with Chiltern meant we were able to provide passengers with the first new connection between London and a major city for more than 100 years. It provides travel options, relieves traffic from roads and boosts the regional economy - exactly what the railway is about.”
See Analysis, pages 34-35.