Chiltern Rail­ways marks Ox­ford Park­way an­niver­sary

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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.

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