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Title: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Lee on September 04, 2007, 04:06:23 PM
First Great Western starts work next month on a major refurbishment of Oxford station (link below.)
http://www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/NewsItem.aspx?id=537


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: willc on January 12, 2008, 05:50:07 PM
FGW is holding a Meet the Managers session at Oxford station on Tuesday, January 22, from 4pm to 8pm. Might be an interesting four hours if the RMT strike goes ahead the two previous days. Won't be able to make it myself, as I'm not working that day.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Lee on January 14, 2008, 11:54:04 AM
FGW is holding a Meet the Managers session at Oxford station on Tuesday, January 22, from 4pm to 8pm. Might be an interesting four hours if the RMT strike goes ahead the two previous days. Won't be able to make it myself, as I'm not working that day.

More on this and other Meet the Managers sessions in the link below.
http://www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/Content.aspx?id=237


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Lee on January 23, 2008, 06:01:50 PM
Report from the Oxford meeting (link below.)
http://oxfordmail.net/display.var.1989041.0.rail_passengers_not_impressed.php


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Timmer on January 23, 2008, 06:06:58 PM
Report from the Oxford meeting (link below.)
http://oxfordmail.net/display.var.1989041.0.rail_passengers_not_impressed.php
Mulled wine and a slice of cake...very nice  :)


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: vacman on January 23, 2008, 06:08:05 PM
Report from the Oxford meeting (link below.)
http://oxfordmail.net/display.var.1989041.0.rail_passengers_not_impressed.php
Mulled wine and a slice of cake...very nice  :)
A bit out of season for mulled wine. lol  :D


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Timmer on January 23, 2008, 06:11:22 PM
bit out of season for mulled wine. lol  :D
Like FGW's trains it was running late  ;)


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: vacman on January 23, 2008, 09:28:28 PM
bit out of season for mulled wine. lol  :D
Like FGW's trains it was running late  ;)
:D


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Lee on February 23, 2008, 07:57:13 AM
Oxford could soon have its own low-cost, 24-hour rent-a-bike scheme in an effort to cut traffic congestion, as seen in several European cities (link below.)
http://www.oxfordmail.net/display.var.2067765.0.oxford_may_get_rentabike_scheme.php

Oxfordshire County Council has pledged ^100,000 to pay for a feasibility study.

The scheme could see a network of bike stations set up at key points in the city, including the train station, Westgate Centre, park-and-ride sites and city hospitals.

Although plans are currently at an early stage, council chiefs hope a credit card-payable rent-a-bike scheme would take a significant number of cars off the city's roads. They say they want to make any scheme cheap and convenient.

A rent-a-bike scheme started in Paris last July recorded more than seven million bike trips by the end of the year.

It is believed the county council wants to replicate the French capital's blueprint of providing robust bikes, which weigh about 20kg, to make them unattractive to thieves and sturdy enough to withstand damage from vandals.
 
The council's feasibility study starts in April and, if the scheme is viable, it could be introduced in the city before summer 2009.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Lee on February 23, 2008, 08:00:43 AM
Newly refurbished men's toilets at Oxford railway station have been vandalised link below.)
http://www.oxfordmail.net/news/headlines/display.var.2067609.0.rail_station_toilets_vandalised.php

Pc Bob Burrowes said: "They smashed up the taps and sink, kicked in the doors and the soap dispenser."



Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Lee on April 17, 2008, 10:01:38 PM
Update on the progress of Oxfordshire County Council's ^80m Access to Oxford scheme, which was given the green light by the Government last year, and includes plans to expand Oxford railway station, with a new bay platform built on part of the station car park on the southern side of Botley Road. Network Rail hopes to carry out this work in 2010-11 (link below.)
http://www.oxfordmail.net/display.var.2206361.0.park_to_ride_fees_will_go.php


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Lee on April 21, 2008, 10:44:51 PM
West Oxford residents have criticised Network Rail after it emerged the company will wait until next year to replace a popular footbridge into Oxford (link below.)
http://www.oxfordmail.net/news/headlines/display.var.2213844.0.bridge_delays_annoy_residents.php

The rail firm closed a well-used 60-metre bridge in Osney Lane in August, telling residents that refurbishment work would be completed within a couple of months.

However, Network Rail has now posted a new sign at the closed-off site, saying the bridge, over the tracks south of Oxford station, will have to be replaced and will not be reopened until late February next year.

The news has upset dozens of residents.

Becky Bryan, 28, bar manager of the Kite pub, in Mill Street, said:

Quote from: Becky Bryan
"Everyone's really annoyed about this. There's lots of rumours flying around and fears it won't open again.

"We just want the footbridge back."

Kristian Alexander, community relations manager at Network Rail, said:

Quote from: Kristian Alexander
"We acknowledge that for many this will be disappointing news. We're sorry for the inconvenience caused by this and hope our apologies will be accepted.

"High demand in the current steel market and the availability for manufacturing from steel fabricators means this will take longer than we would have liked."


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: intrigued on April 22, 2008, 07:15:24 PM
I've been wondering what the next step to the Oxford rail station re-furb was going to be... looks like M&S web guys are ahead of themselves.  Presuming that the store is going to slot in where the smoothie store and AMT used to be located.

http://www.marksandspencer.com/gp/store-locator/store-locator.html/202-0559640-0756638?ie=UTF8&viewID=details&postcode=&storeID=0120&prevView=listing&client=mands_01&f_id=709&lon=-1.255880&lat=51.752250&db=GB



Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Lee on April 22, 2008, 07:19:31 PM
Welcome to the forum, intrigued.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on June 02, 2009, 06:46:45 PM
From the Oxford Times (http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/4410021.Abandoned_cycles_will_be_scrapped/):

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Cyclists who have abandoned bicycles at Oxford train station face having them scrapped by First Great Western.
The rail company has tagged 600 cycles parked in racks outside the station with people given one month to claim them before they are confiscated and sold for scrap or for re-use.
The move has been welcomed by cyclists in the city who say it has become increasingly difficult to park at the station despite an ^80,000 investment in cycle shelters by FGW last year which provided 80 more racks.
FGW has given owners until Wednesday, June 10, to prove a cycle has not been abandoned by removing the label.
So far, 85 cycles have still not been claimed.



Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: IndustryInsider on June 02, 2009, 11:07:07 PM
Oxford is notorious for bikes filling up racks no matter how many you have. This sort of thing has been done routinely over the years, as quite a few students just leave a ramshackle old thing and forget all about it when they leave University.

Two stories spring to mind, once a contractor was on site early on a Sunday morning removing those bikes that had been deemed abandoned, and despite the police being informed in advance, they still turned up with sirens blazing having had a phone call from someone assuming they were being nicked!

The other story harks back to the days of the station forecourt development (circa 1997), when all of the racks were renewed and abandoned bikes were removed to a storage facility in what was to become the Said Business School. Several bikes remained uncollected after a few months and were disposed of, but some chap came down well over a year later asking where his bike was!


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on November 12, 2009, 06:44:45 PM
From the BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/oxfordshire/8357027.stm):

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Oxford station to get ^10m revamp

Oxford railway station is to benefit from Network Rail's ^3.25bn investment programme, the company has revealed.

More than 2,000 stations will receive a share of the money between now and 2014, with Oxford earmarked to get at least ^10m.

Some of the improvements will include new passenger information systems, new toilets and waiting rooms, as well as new and longer platforms.

A survey will be carried out to find out what passengers want at stations.

Network Rail operations and customer service director Robin Gisby said: "Stations are the railways' shop-front and they have been ignored for too long. With the punctuality of the railways now running at record levels and our major programme to boost capacity and provide more seats on trains under way, we can now look at other priorities and stations are at the top of the list."


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: inspector_blakey on November 12, 2009, 07:02:10 PM
Erm, unless it was all a dream, Oxford was refurbished with a shiny new information system, new loos and new waiting rooms not many months ago! Not to mention an M&S. So presumably that GBP10m is mostly targeted for new and longer platforms...


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: paul7755 on November 12, 2009, 07:14:43 PM
Drawings in the GW RUS suggest that both platforms will be islands, with four tracks through the middle, so surely a fair proportion will have to be spent relocating the station building?

Is a Banbury like layout (of the buildings, lifts and footbridge) the most probable solution?

Edit: then of course there are the new Chiltern platforms - north of the ticket office maybe?

Paul


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: willc on November 13, 2009, 09:19:02 AM
Nothing to do with the RUS diagram - anything like that would have to wait for Oxford area resignalling in the 2014-19 control period. This money is to be spent in the current control period up to 2014.

More likely to be for the bay platforms on part of the car park for London services.

And Chiltern's plans have been in the public domain for monhs, see http://www.chiltern-evergreen3.co.uk/uploads/images/Chiltern%20A4%208pp%20Booklet%20V9%20Website%20v2.pdf (http://www.chiltern-evergreen3.co.uk/uploads/images/Chiltern%20A4%208pp%20Booklet%20V9%20Website%20v2.pdf)


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: paul7755 on November 13, 2009, 11:55:27 AM
Yes I know about Evergreen, what I was really thinking of was that if the ticket office wasn't on the back of the main up platform, it would have to be set further back, and the Chiltern platforms would be sort of on their own behind it to the north, with no level access to the main up island, but I didn't really phrase it right.

What is amazing though, is that they are thinking of spending all this money on the current plan, when it is already superseded. What I can't be sure of is whether there is still a south facing bay with the new scheme, because it would seem to create a conflicting crossing move for terminating arrivals.  Surely the better solution would be a turnback siding (or two) between the main through lines north of the station?

Paul


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: willc on November 14, 2009, 12:59:58 AM
The current layout has not been superseded - the RUS diagram is no more than an ideal world exercise in wishful thinking at this stage. The south end bay has been talked about for some time, is do-able without affecting the operations of the rest of the station and will have long-term benefits, whatever may happen in some years' time, plus it would be available for use if you decided to start knocking about the rest of the station layout to achieve something like the RUS suggestion - you simply could not operate the normal timetable using one through platform while rebuilding work took place.

The approach to Oxford is already signalled to allow terminating trains - and northbound workings if platform 2 is occupied/blocked - to run into platform 1 from the south using the loop line - at quieter times of the day, especially late evening, this happens a lot anyway, as it saves people the trek over the bridge and the trains can run straight on into the stabling sidings. Any turnback, if you could fit one in without mucking up the alignment of the through lines, would still block a couple of tracks while a train was entering or leaving it, not much better than the all-line block that a movement from the west sidings into platform 1 creates now.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: paul7755 on November 26, 2009, 03:50:37 PM
Network Rail's plans for the southern bay online today:

http://www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk/content/detail.aspx?ReleaseID=4835&NewsAreaID=2&SearchCategoryID=8 (http://www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk/content/detail.aspx?ReleaseID=4835&NewsAreaID=2&SearchCategoryID=8)

Paul


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: IndustryInsider on November 26, 2009, 06:25:13 PM
Thanks for posting the link, Paul. Exciting times ahead for Oxford! In three years time the number of platforms could be double what there are now.

I hope they don't lose too many spaces in the car park, or if they do they make provision for more elsewhere - when I had a gander at about lunchtime today there was only about 20 free spaces in the long stay car park.

Also, if you look at the aerial diagram of the proposed extra platform, it becomes clear that however they dress it up, this is a far from ideal solution to the capacity problems. Just look at the hike you'll have to do if you arrive at the London end of a HST in the new bay platform and want to connect with a Bicester train or something in platform 3!


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: paul7755 on November 26, 2009, 06:46:03 PM
And presumably the First Class pax will have furthest of all to walk. ;D  Poor things...

Paul


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: gwr2006 on November 26, 2009, 07:51:14 PM
Thanks for posting the link, Paul. Exciting times ahead for Oxford! In three years time the number of platforms could be double what there are now.

I hope they don't lose too many spaces in the car park, or if they do they make provision for more elsewhere - when I had a gander at about lunchtime today there was only about 20 free spaces in the long stay car park.

Also, if you look at the aerial diagram of the proposed extra platform, it becomes clear that however they dress it up, this is a far from ideal solution to the capacity problems. Just look at the hike you'll have to do if you arrive at the London end of a HST in the new bay platform and want to connect with a Bicester train or something in platform 3!

I think there's around 250 lost parking spaces or so I am told.

Also, bear in mind that to reach the new bay platform terminating trains will have to crossover from the Down Main Line to the Up & Down Goods Loop at Hinksey North. Isnt that just shifting the shunting move from the north of the station to the south - it still takes out capacity doesn't it?

FC users will enjoy the exercise as they hike down the platform everyday to get back to their 4x4's in the car park!


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: John R on November 26, 2009, 09:47:33 PM
And presumably the First Class pax will have furthest of all to walk. ;D  Poor things...

Paul

Does your comment allow for the planned flip of HSTs (assuming this is still happening?)


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: willc on November 27, 2009, 11:57:45 PM
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I think there's around 250 lost parking spaces or so I am told.

Also, bear in mind that to reach the new bay platform terminating trains will have to crossover from the Down Main Line to the Up & Down Goods Loop at Hinksey North. Isnt that just shifting the shunting move from the north of the station to the south - it still takes out capacity doesn't it?

If it was 250 spaces that would account for about half of the entire car park and even taking the most pessimistic view, going by the plan, the area being used wouldn't account for that scale of losses.

As for the crossing move, of course it affects capacity, but not as badly as the shunt at the north end across from the sidings west of the line to platform 1, which blocks any other movement in the entire station area. Even under current arrangements, if there are two trains from Didcot heading into Oxford - one terminating and one behind it going towards Banbury or Worcester - the signallers are pretty skilled - so long as platform 1 is free - at switching the terminating train into platform 1, then resetting the route for the following train to head into platform 2, achieving near simultaneous arrivals. I have even seen this done while there is a freight bound for Didcot crawling along on the through line at low speed, waiting for the main line to clear once the train routed for platform 1 is safely in the loop line.

Of course this scheme is not ideal but due to interminable prevarication on the part of the city and county councils and the railway industry over grasping the nettle of what to do with the station and the adjacent Rewley Road LNWR site, we are where we are. There were plans as far back as the 1950s to build the main city bus station on the Rewley Road land and link it with a better railway station, but nothing was ever done and Railtrack eventually flogged it off to the university to build the Said business school, thus effectively removing any room to shunt the station to the east - and compounded the crime by allowing the youth hostel to go up at the back of platform 2, making it much harder to make space for a loop line to create an island at that side.

And the business units alongside the tracks beyond the southern end of the car park were built on yet more former railway land, which would have been ideal for replacement parking. Isn't hindsight a wonderful thing...

See also http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/archive/2009/11/26/Oxford+news+%28om_oxfordnews%29/4760538.__10m_platform_for_Oxford_railway_station_expansion/ (http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/archive/2009/11/26/Oxford+news+%28om_oxfordnews%29/4760538.__10m_platform_for_Oxford_railway_station_expansion/)


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Oxman on November 28, 2009, 12:34:53 AM
The car park is a major issue. The disproportional reduction in the number of spaces is caused by the creation of a drop off point and the introduction of a significant number of disabled parking spaces, with all spaces conforming to current standards. The number of disabled spaces is also governed by legislation, I believe.

Adding the Chiltern Evergreen 3 proposal (which will take out the short stay car park) increases the problem. A radical solution is needed - time to deck the car park?


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: IndustryInsider on November 28, 2009, 05:45:23 PM
A radical solution is needed - time to deck the car park?

That would be a good solution, but would it ever be allowed given the architectural status of the city? There's also plenty of spare land in the former South Yard which could be used, but it's a long way from the main part of the station.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: ChrisB on November 30, 2009, 01:58:32 PM
Hmmm - there's little of historic interest about the car park, that decking couldn't be done.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: IndustryInsider on November 30, 2009, 02:07:18 PM
Hmmm - there's little of historic interest about the car park, that decking couldn't be done.

I was thinking more about the immediate surrounding area, and the fact Oxfordshire County Council will no doubt see the station area as a gateway to the town when arriving by train. There was a fuss when the original car park was originally built about 15 years ago with little or no vegetation included - and a year or two later some small trees and bushes had to be added. So, if a fuss is going to be made about that, you can bet your life that a fuss will be made if anyone suggested a few thousand tonnes of steel decking gets plonked there!


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: willc on January 11, 2010, 10:15:35 PM
A bit of work getting under way this week, to replace the lifts installed 20 years ago when the footbridge was built

http://www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/Content.aspx?id=4630


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: inspector_blakey on January 11, 2010, 10:48:33 PM
I risk asking a silly question here, but if the footbridge is only 20 years old, where/how did people cross between platforms before it was built? Did it replace a previous structure?


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Worcester_Passenger on January 12, 2010, 08:23:33 AM
There was a narrow and horrible subway.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: willc on January 12, 2010, 08:39:09 AM
Which is still there, sealed off. Its position is marked on the sides of the platforms.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: ChrisB on January 12, 2010, 09:45:06 AM
I'm following up to ensure suitable access is maintained at all times for the less mobile - maybe by allowing some blue badge parking outside the access / egress to the downside platform too.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: IndustryInsider on January 12, 2010, 01:03:13 PM
A bit of work getting under way this week, to replace the lifts installed 20 years ago when the footbridge was built

I was a little surprised to hear that they were being replaced so soon. Is twenty years really the average life-span of a lift? There was also quite a delay - between 1 and 2 years I think - between the footbridge opening and the lifts finally being installed. I think BR had committed to providing lifts, but in a less enlightened age, were less than keen to keep their promise!

As Will says the old dank smelly subway is now sealed off with metal covers on the platforms, but I think it still serves a useful role carrying electrical cables.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Tim on January 12, 2010, 01:21:05 PM
I'm following up to ensure suitable access is maintained at all times for the less mobile - maybe by allowing some blue badge parking outside the access / egress to the downside platform too.

FGW's website report that exit/entrance will be available from platform 2 to the road behind the station for those passengers requiring it. 


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: ChrisB on January 12, 2010, 01:47:11 PM
Yes, I know - but nothing about pick up / set down....

Hopefully for not long though....


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: willc on January 12, 2010, 11:18:38 PM
But in all honesty Chris, I don't think there's a problem with anyone rolling up at the back of platform 2 and parking for a while to drop off and pick up - lots of people do it in the mornings and evenings to avoid having to try to drive round to the main entrance.

And I don't think anyone has a clue about who is responsible for enforcing whatever restrictions there are in Roger Dudman Way, which leads a twilight zone existence as part railway access to platform 2 and the BTP office and catering stores that side, and part public access to Turbo Ted's nursery and the university accommodation on former railway land beyond that, plus being part of a cycle route to Jericho.

There are various notices dating back to BR days about enforcement of waiting restrictions but none I can see indicating what such restrictions may be, nor have I ever seen any sign that FGW or Network Rail is employing clampers there.

An old Oxford Mail report on the bizarre nature of Roger Dudman Way is here http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/1663603.___Strangest____city_street_needs_major_clean_up/

I'm not sure that they have actually made much progress towards achieving the things councillor Pressel wanted back in 2007.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: ChrisB on January 13, 2010, 10:08:46 AM
I'm concerned that space is reserved for the less mobiloe and not taken up by lazy commuters....


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: willc on January 13, 2010, 11:27:03 PM
Always seem to be spaces there, as I say most are simply dropping off and picking up, so not hanging around.

Anyway, at the rate the contractors are going, the work may not take until March. They were cutting up the remains of the lifts simultaneously in both shafts gone 6pm tonight.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Andy on February 03, 2010, 05:11:26 PM
Can't they be "re-cycled" in some way?  ;)


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: willc on March 21, 2010, 01:20:35 PM
The new footbridge lifts have been use for the past few days.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: willc on March 26, 2010, 11:55:58 PM
Photographer Martin Loader has just uploaded a photograph taken at Oxford in 1990 of a Reading-Bicester train with the then gleaming new station and the footbridge in its original form - without the lifts. How times have changed. See http://www.hondawanderer.com/L409_Oxford_1990.htm


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: IndustryInsider on March 27, 2010, 09:07:57 AM
You don't see many 3-car trains going to Bicester now - and look at all those litter bins...  :o


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: devon_metro on March 27, 2010, 02:25:57 PM
Photographer Martin Loader has just uploaded a photograph taken at Oxford in 1990 of a Reading-Bicester train with the then gleaming new station and the footbridge in its original form - without the lifts. How times have changed. See http://www.hondawanderer.com/L409_Oxford_1990.htm

I too noticed that yesterday, was interested to see how new it is!


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on April 07, 2010, 07:45:39 PM
From the Oxford Mail (http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/7990073.All_change_for_new_look_Oxford_platform/):

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All change for new-look Oxford platform

These images of how a planned new platform at Oxford railway station could look, has been released as part of public consultation.
Oxfordshire County Council is inviting the public to comment on the ^10m scheme at its website or by picking up details of the plan from the passenger information desk at the station, where details are on display.
The new platform, south of Botley Road on part of the station^s long-stay car park, off Becket Street, will be used by services between the city and London, with the aim of reducing delays caused by shunting trains between the station^s existing platforms and the sidings north of the station.
The platform, inset, will be connected to the main station building by a new covered footbridge over Botley Road. Huw Jones, Oxfordshire County Council^s director for environment and economy, said: ^We^re very excited about this project and looking forward to hearing what people think.^
If planning permission is granted, construction could start next year. The deadline for comments is April 26.
For further details on the station scheme, go to myconsultations.oxfordshire.gov.uk


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: paul7755 on April 08, 2010, 05:44:45 PM
The picture on the Network rail site shows that the bridge will be split, with a paid side, and a public side. Looks very much like steps from the carpark giving access through a barrier line - makes sense in that regular pax such as season ticket holders joining/leaving trains in the new bay won't ever have to visit the main station at all...

http://www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk/Resource-Library/New-platform-and-footbridge-at-Oxford-station-b3f.aspx (http://www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk/Resource-Library/New-platform-and-footbridge-at-Oxford-station-b3f.aspx)

Paul


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on April 08, 2010, 08:46:20 PM
From the BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/oxfordshire/8607652.stm):

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Passengers see ^12m Oxford Station plans

Rail passengers are being asked for their opinions on ^12m plans to upgrade Oxford Station.
They include building a new platform on the existing long-stay car park and a new footbridge with a covered walkway over Botley Road.
The county council and Network Rail are funding the scheme and want it completed by 2012 if planning permission is granted later this year.
Displays will be on show at the station until 26 April.
There was a mixed reaction among rail users interviewed by the BBC at the station about the plans.
Sumit Chakradorty welcomed the prospect of a new platform. He said: "It would be good for the image of Oxford and make it a better experience for commuters."
But another passenger, Phil Dodd, questioned whether the level of investment was needed. He said: "It's only about 10 years since they refurbished the station. It's a nice scheme but is it really necessary?"
Mark Harwood supported the idea. He said: "Public transport is massively important. Anything that increases rail options has to be good."


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: willc on April 08, 2010, 09:51:19 PM
There are a series of images of the design, including details of the platform, at the county council's online consultation page, which also feature in the display in the booking hall at the station.

http://myconsultations.oxfordshire.gov.uk/inovem/consult.ti/oxfordstation/consultationHome


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: inspector_blakey on April 08, 2010, 10:12:05 PM
I rather like the sweeping curves of the footbridge, although no doubt there will be those in the city who are furious that the building will not be constructed from Cotswold stone and feature spires and gargoyles. Can't say I'm much of a fan of the view from the platform side though: although I admit it's only a vague artist's impression, it looks like a quick and nasty 1960s prefab job from that angle.

And as an aside, I'm impressed that they managed an accurate depiction of an OBC Citaro (probably one of the flavours of route 4!) waiting at the traffic lights...


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: IndustryInsider on April 09, 2010, 01:24:13 AM
Thanks for the links, guys.  All looks fairly impressive to me, though I remain a little concerned over how many parking spaces will be lost.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on June 18, 2010, 09:32:57 PM
From the BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/oxford/10326838.stm):

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^10m Oxford railway station upgrade under threat

A ^10m upgrade of Oxford train station is under threat.

The Department for Transport was set to contribute ^5m but the project is under review as the new government looks to cut back on public spending.

The plans include building a new platform on the existing long-stay car park and a new footbridge with a covered walkway over Botley Road.

Network Rail, which would also provide a share of the money, had planned for the work to be completed by early 2012.

The plans are part of Oxfordshire County Council's Access to Oxford project, which was set up to make the city more accessible.

Leader Keith Mitchell said he hoped there was a way the work could still go ahead.

"It's really important, not just for Oxford but for the whole transport system around because it's a pivotal point in the system," he added.

The plans went on public display at Oxford Station in April and a planning application was being prepared for later this year.

On 24 May, the government announced that savings of ^683m were to be made from the Department for Transport's 2010/11 budget.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: willc on September 30, 2010, 01:43:56 PM
The new bay platform at the south end and the covered bridge over Botley Road have been given planning permission by the city council

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/8422329.Bridging_way_to_new_look_station/


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: IndustryInsider on September 30, 2010, 04:39:23 PM
I must admit I thought that the scheme might quietly be dropped to save some money, but good news that it's still looking likely to go ahead.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: gwr2006 on September 30, 2010, 07:16:47 PM
I must admit I thought that the scheme might quietly be dropped to save some money, but good news that it's still looking likely to go ahead.

Unfortunately the money isn't confirmed yet so there's still time for that happen!


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on September 30, 2010, 07:50:02 PM
It's also interesting that the figure for the cost of this project varies between ^10 million and ^12 million, and back again, in the three previous stories from the BBC, quoted above.  ::)


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: paul7755 on September 30, 2010, 08:30:21 PM
It's also interesting that the figure for the cost of this project varies between ^10 million and ^12 million, and back again, in the three previous stories from the BBC, quoted above.  ::)

Depends if the journalist is writing in the peak or offpeak I expect... ;D

Paul


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: willc on September 30, 2010, 11:57:10 PM
The ^10m figure was the one originally cited last November when the design was first unveiled. ^12.5m is the figure being given now.

The Network Rail share is coming from its Action Stations budget. The doubts are over the county's share, as that is meant to be part of its Access to Oxford strategy, which also includes other transport schemes and is caught up in the government spending review process. The council's ruling Tory group has been lobbying Mr Cameron personally, we have been told.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on October 06, 2010, 08:13:35 PM
From the Oxford Times (http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/leisure/8435056.The_Railway_Station_Oxford_might_have_had/):

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The Railway Station Oxford might have had

The railways came to Oxford comparatively late ^ thanks to the university authorities^ fear that the bright lights of London might tempt undergraduates away from their studies and generally undermine the cloistered world of dreaming spires.

The Warden of Wadham College led the fight against the Great Western Railway Act of 1843, which paved the way for the arrival of trains here the following year; and even when the first station was built, it was situated, inconveniently enough, in Western Road, Grandpont ^ so any student catching a train to London had to pay the toll to cross Folly Bridge to get there.

The first station on the present site opened on October 1, 1852, after Great Western took over a rival company, the Oxford and Rugby Railway, which had planned a station there.

Now the ^12.5m expansion plan for the place, approved last week, continues the ongoing railway saga at Oxford. But thanks to Frank Dumbleton, of Chilton, who sent in the lithograph (pictured), dating from about 1846, we have a tantalising idea of how the station would have looked had plans by the Oxford Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway company gone ahead.

The picture, displayed in the Great Western Trust^s Museum and Archive at Didcot Railway Centre, shows a splendid structure which, had it been built, would have provided a suitably grand arrival point in Oxford ^ instead of the series of far-from-grand stations we have had to put up with over the years.

Mr Dumbleton writes: ^The architectural style is very similar to Stoke-on-Trent station, which was completed in 1848 and is described as a ^robust Jacobean manor house^. The Oxford Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway (OWW) had a difficult history. It was incorporated in 1845 by Act of Parliament, but not completed until 1853. The route from Oxford to Worcester is today^s Cotswold Line. It was inextricably drawn into the gauge wars, with the Great Western Railway^s broad gauge branch from Didcot to Oxford at its southern end, and the standard gauge railways of the rest of the country at the Wolverhampton end. Not surprisingly, the gauge controversy cost much money, and the OWW had little left to build stations in the style it would have liked. In 1860, it became part of the West Midland Railway, which was absorbed into the Great Western Railway in 1863.

^The Oxford station lithograph used to hang at Paddington station in London, along with many other mementoes of the Isambard Kingdom Brunel era. When Stanley Raymond became the Western Region^s general manager in the early 1960s, he had a mission to banish the GWR traditions that still permeated the place, and he ordered that all the pictures be destroyed. Fortunately, railway enthusiasts rescued many of them.^

For more than a century the present Oxford Station stood cheek by jowl with the lovely Rewley Road station, opened in 1851. It served the line to London via Bletchley and was built by the same engineers who developed Joseph Paxton^s ideas at Crystal Palace ^ which housed the Great Exhibition in London of that year. It closed to passengers in 1951 and was removed to the Quainton Railway Society^s Railway Centre, in Buckinghamshire, in 1998 ^ to make way for the Said Business School.

Crystal Palace burned down in 1936 but the Rewley Road station contained so many echoes of it that the magazine The Structural Engineer commented in 1975: ^Until recently it was thought that no trace of the Crystal Palace structure remained. Strictly speaking, none does, but something very similar has survived.^

It then went on to describe the Paxton-like work at Rewley Road. The magazine added: ^Almost more telling as a comparison than the structural components are the remains of the decorative iron cladding at Oxford which were clearly made from the same castings as in the Exhibition Building.^

As for the dons^ fears that the train to London might take students away from their studies, perhaps they were right: the last train back to Oxford was for years called the Flying Fornicator.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: bignosemac on October 06, 2010, 11:11:12 PM
From the Oxford Times (http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/leisure/8435056.The_Railway_Station_Oxford_might_have_had/):

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As for the dons^ fears that the train to London might take students away from their studies, perhaps they were right: the last train back to Oxford was for years called the Flying Fornicator.

Can we petition FGW to get that name reinstated?!?!

 ;D


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on October 07, 2010, 12:18:24 AM
Would it be a turbo, or a pacer?  :-[


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: ChrisB on October 31, 2010, 11:28:37 AM
The new bay platform & associated transfer deck has been a victim of the cuts!

From the Oxford Mail....

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Transport projects worth ^62m shelved
9:00am Friday 29th October 2010

^By Chris Walker ^


PLANS to Transform Oxford railway station and the A34 as part of the most extensive transport project in the city^s history have been shelved.

In 2007 the county council was allocated ^62m for its ambitious Access to Oxford project, which promised to expand the railway station and tackle congestion on the A34 as well as the city^s ring road.

At the time the county^s then transport chief David Robertson said it was ^the largest sum for transport ever handed to Oxfordshire^.

Funding for the scheme became uncertain when the Regional Transport Board was abolished by the coalition Government in June 2010.

Now it has emerged County Hall has missed out on the cash after the Department of Transport overlooked the project and chose to spend ^2.3bn on 24 other transport schemes instead.

Commuters now face missing out on the ^12.5m expansion of the station for the foreseeable future as Network Rail^s funding for the scheme is dependent on the council getting the cash.

A further ^47m of investment to cut congestion on the A34 and install new slip lanes and bus lanes on the northern and southern approaches into Oxford also hang in the balance.

Hugh Jaeger, spokesman for the Railfuture campaign group and Bus Users UK in Oxfordshire said: ^This is a disaster.

^The buses will lose out, the trains will lose out and the poor people trying to get into Oxford will lose out.^

The blow comes just six weeks after the city council gave planning permission for the expansion of the station.

The plan would see a new platform added south of the Botley Road to reduce passenger congestion and improve journey times to London.

Chairman of the Oxford-Bicester Rail Action Group Dr Ian East said: ^Oxford Station really did need reconfiguration and expansion.

^At the busiest times it^s overcrowded and heading towards being dangerous.^

The station is at the start or end of 5.6 million train journeys a year, with passenger numbers at Oxford rising by 16.5 per cent in 2008/09.

County Hall can now submit new bids for cash to the ^560m Local Sustainable Transport Fund and ^400m Regional Growth Fund in April next year.

However, with public finances tight it is unclear what scale of project the council will be able win cash for.

Earlier this year councillor Ian Hudspeth, the council^s cabinet member for growth and infrastructure, made a personal appeal to Prime Minister David Cameron to try and secure the cash.

He said: ^This is bitterly disappointing news. Having initially secured funding we have now become victims of the nation^s financial woes and the Government^s efforts to resolve them.

^However, we must retain our ambitions and push our case to central government at any and every opportunity.^

Missing this funding does not affect the council^s ability to fund Transform Oxford or improve Frideswide Square.

However, these projects are currently part of the council^s review of all its capital spending.

Plans to change Heyford Hill roundabout are also not expected to be affected.

Network Rail spokesman Russell Spink confirmed that Network Rail^s cash for Oxford station was not ring-fenced.

He said: ^The loss of the county council^s funding is a blow, but all parties are determined to find a solution which allows us to deliver this scheme.^

DfT spokesman Paul Starbrook said: ^The Access for Oxford scheme did not secure funding through the regional funding and we would therefore encourage the promoters to look at alternative funding mechanisms.^

Labour MP for Oxford East Andrew Smith said: ^This is really bad news. I wrote to the Government strongly supporting the county bid.

^This Coalition decision is cutting off its nose to spite its face because Oxford is an economic powerhouse for the region and the country.

^These improvements would have boosted the economy as well as making travel better for local people.

^I will work with the county council to continue to press our case at every opportunity.^

Conservative MP for Abingdon and Oxford West Nicola Blackwood said: ^This decision is obviously a big disappointment for all of us.

^But we are dealing with one of the most serious fiscal crises this country has faced in the last 50 years and the Government^s first priority has to be to get the public finances back in order.

^Access to Oxford is an important project that would offer a significant economic boost to our region, not to mention improve the quality of life of many residents.

^I have already written on this issue to Philip Hammond, Transport Secretary, and will continue to work with the county council to take our case to the Government.

^I hope that Oxfordshire^s new status as a local enterprise partnership will help strengthen our cause.^

Conservative MP for Henley John Howell said: ^I agree with the county council that it is a shame, but I^m not surprised given the way we^ve been left with no money by the previous government.

^More important than that, the bid made by the county council and others for one of the new local enterprise partnerships has been approved, which presents an exciting opportunity to grasp the issue of infrastructure for the Oxfordshire region as a whole.

^And who knows what that may produce for transport in the local area.^

Conservative MP for Banbury Tony Baldry said he was confident the privately funded Bicester-to-Oxford rail project would go ahead. He said: ^ Clearly it^s a time when all public spending is being substantially reduced so it^s not surprising programmes such as this are being cut back.^

Conservative MP for Witney David Cameron was in Brussels last night and unavailable for comment. Conservative MP for Wantage Ed Vaizey did not return our calls.

A new bus interchange in Mansfield, a plan to make Ipswich^s transport infrastructure fit for the 21st century and a new south entrance to Leeds train station were among the 24 schemes to win funding from the Government.

More than 16 roads projects were among those winning funding from Transport Secretary Philip Hammond including improvements on the M25, M60 in Manchester and M1 in Yorkshire and Derbyshire.

The Government will spend ^8.6m on a new bus station in the heart of Mansfield bringing it closer to the town^s trains with a new pedestrian bridge. Meanwhile, a ^14m project to build a new south entrance to Leeds railway station will make it more accessible to 20,000 passengers who head in that direction each day.

In Ipswich rebuilt bus stations, a computerised traffic management and improvements to the town^s cycle network will cost about ^25m. Although not included in this cash, an ^850m revamp of Reading train station and the surrounding track network will start in earnest in December.

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Cameron blames deficit for city's transport snub
9:10am Saturday 30th October 2010



Prime Minister David Cameron says he is disappointed that Oxford has missed out on ^62m of investment to improve its road and Rail network.

Yesterday, it emerged the county council had lost out on funding for the most extensive transport project in the city^s history which would have seen the expansion of Oxford Railway Station and tackled congestion on the A34 and city ring road.

Witney MP Mr Cameron has blamed the Government^s ^900bn national debt for the cut in spending on transport projects throughout Britain.

He told the Oxford Mail: ^Clearly it is disappointing some transport schemes aren^t going ahead because of the massive budget deficit we inherited.

^Our priority has to be cutting it. This involves taking difficult decisions and means that it is just not possible for every road and public transport scheme to go ahead immediately.^

Next year the council will have to re-submit the bid to try to win part of a ^2bn cash pot from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund and the Regional Growth Fund.

Wantage MP Ed Vaizey has not responded to requests for a comment.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on March 28, 2011, 11:57:12 PM
From the Oxford Mail (http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/8935669.Purge_on_abandoned_bikes/):

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Purge on abandoned bikes

Owners of bikes abandoned at Oxford Railway Station have until tomorrow to ^remove them or lose them^.

Six weeks ago train operator First Great Western and British Transport Police tagged about 500 bikes left in racks outside the station.

The company said the purge was part of a clampdown on vandalised and abandoned bikes which had been left outside the station and were take up valuable space needed by Rail passengers.

Spokesman Dan Panes said: ^We do this quite regularly. About six weeks ago we tagged all the bikes outside the station and put a note on explaining what we were doing. We explained people had until March 29 to remove the tag otherwise their bike would be seized, refurbished and sent to charity.^


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: paul7755 on August 07, 2011, 02:25:15 PM
The Oxford Mail is reporting concerns about BRB(residuary) planning to sell the Oxpens site (next to the ice rink), which will supposedly prevent Oxford having a completely new station built:

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/9175980.Fears_over_future_of____transport_hub___/

It all seems to be a bit of an artificial argument, because according to the council's planning policy stuff provided with the sale particulars, there are no plans for a replacement station on the site anyway.   Network Rail's plans (in the RUS)  seem to be pretty much all about various expansion options on the current site, or at least in the carpark, and of course Evergreen 3 works well as planned with its independent route into the rebuilt northern platforms at the existing station.

Sale particulars are here: http://www.brbrlandsales.co.uk/sites/oxford/

Paul


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on January 29, 2012, 09:21:01 PM
From road.cc (http://road.cc/content/news/51287-oxford-cycle-business-targets-rail-commuters-while-you-work-servicing):

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An Oxford-based bicycle business has set up shop at the city^s railway station to enable commuters to have their bikes serviced or repaired while they are away at work. Bainton Bikes, operating from a gazebo at the First Great Western-operated station, is also renting bikes from the facility to visitors to the university city.

Kevin Moreland of Bainton Bikes told the Oxford Mail: ^We were talking to First Great Western about putting hire bikes at the station and they said they wanted a repair service as well.^

Having visited Cambridge to see a business there called Station Cycles, Mr Moreland believed that a similar, train station-based initiative could work in Oxford. ^We know people in Oxford want longer opening hours,^ he explained. ^The feedback we have had is that they just don^t get the chance to get to a bike shop.^

To begin with the facility is open each Monday from 6.30m to 7.30pm, although it is planned that within the coming months it will start operating on a daily basis.

^It has also allowed us to offer hire and cycle tours to visitors and we are planning to open seven days a week from March or April, depending on how things go,^ said Mr Moreland, who also runs Walton Street Cycles in the city^s Jericho area.

Andy Saunders, integrated transport manager at First Great Western, said: ^Oxford is one of our most popular stations for commuting cyclists and I^m delighted to partner Walton Street Cycles and Bainton Bikes to offer this innovative service.^


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on February 16, 2012, 09:07:50 PM
From the British Transport Police press release (http://www.btp.presscentre.com/Media-Releases/Were-you-a-witness-British-Transport-Police-appeal-after-woman-attacked-at-Oxford-rail-station-1911.aspx):

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Were you a witness? British Transport Police appeal after woman attacked at Oxford rail station

British Transport Police (BTP) is appealing for witnesses after a woman was attacked at Oxford rail station in the early hours of Saturday, 11 February.

Officers would like to hear from anyone with information about the incident which took place around 3.30am as the victim was making her way home after a night out.

PC Anthony Wykes, the investigating officer based at Oxford, said: ^The young woman had been out with a friend for the night. They^d walked back together and parted ways at the station. As the victim walked along the path close to the bike racks, talking on her mobile phone to a friend, she noticed a man loitering close to the bikes. Assuming he was unlocking a cycle, she walked past and continued with her conversation.

^Suddenly, and totally unprovoked, she was hit from behind twice to the head and once to the back. She screamed out and knocked her attacker to the floor as she turned around, before running towards a group of men who approached after hearing the commotion. However, when they got to the cycle rack the man had already fled.^

The victim, from Didcot, reported the incident to police later that day.

PC Wykes added: ^This was a swift and unprovoked attack on a woman who, fortunately, was not seriously injured. Luckily there were people around, however the attack could have been much worse and I am determined to find the man responsible.

^If you were in the area at the time, or noticed a man acting suspiciously in the vicinity, I would urge you to contact police.^

The man is described as white with a slim build aged between 30 and 35 years. He short, dark spiky hair and a moustache. He was wearing dark jeans and a brown jacket.

Anyone with information can call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference B5/LNA of 16/02/2012. Or call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on February 18, 2012, 11:19:28 AM
From the Oxford Mail (http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/9539328.Woman_describes_terrifying_station_attack/):

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Woman describes terrifying station attack

A supermarket worker last night described fearing for her life after a stranger attacked her at Oxford Railway Station.

Kerry Hastings was left screaming for help after a man punched her twice in the head and once in the back before grabbing hold of her jacket.

As the 20-year-old tried to flee from his grasp her attacker fell to the ground and she ran.

The Sainsbury^s cashier from Didcot was going home on her own after a night out with friends in Oxford city centre when the attack happened.

The man attacked her from behind as she passed him loitering by the bike racks at the station at 3.30am last Saturday.

She said: ^d never even seen him before. I didn^t approach him, he approached me. When I had my back to him he hit me.

^I just thought ^am I going to survive?^Somehow he was grabbing hold of my jacket as I was trying to escape and he fell over. I was just screaming.

^I was just screaming, there were no words.^

She ran towards a group of men who approached after hearing the commotion. But when they got to the cycle rack the man had already fled.

Ms Hastings said: ^If it wasn^t for the three guys running over to me because I was screaming, if no-one was there I thought I wouldn^t be alive.

^ve just recovered from five days of back pain and headaches.

^It was a good night out and this had to happen. I feel like Oxford is my home town.

^I felt safe in the city and now I^m afraid to go out alone.^

She added: ^Knowing no-one^s been arrested makes me worried he could be out there doing it to someone else.

^I do think ^why me?^ and if someone saw something then please contact the police.^

The attacker is described as white with a slim build, aged between 30 and 35.

He had dark spiky hair and a moustache. He was wearing dark jeans and a brown jacket.

Pc Anthony Wykes, from British Transport Police, said: ^This was a swift and unprovoked attack on a woman who, fortunately, was not seriously injured.

^Luckily there were people around. However, the attack could have been much worse.^

* Anyone with information can call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference B5/LNA of 16/02/2012.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Oxman on March 27, 2012, 06:50:40 PM
From the BBC:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-17521919

Oxford Station is unstaffed after about 0200 on a Sunday morning, AIU.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on April 18, 2012, 08:57:34 PM
From the BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-17756265):

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Ministers consider moving Oxford train station

The government has said it will look at proposals to move Oxford's railway station to a new location.

Oxford East MP Andrew Smith raised the issue in the Commons on Tuesday, asking transport minister Norman Baker to look at the plan by Oxford Civic Society. The society wants the station to be moved from Frideswide Square to the Oxpens area of the city.

(http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/59721000/jpg/_59721851_59721850.jpg)
Mr Baker, who told the house his mother-in-law lived near the station, said he was interested in the plans.

Responding to the Labour MP's question, Mr Baker said: "We are in a position where we are increasingly devolving responsibility for transport matters down to local council level, I think it's right to do that, and people in Oxford are in a better position to know what's best for them than people in Westminster. There are, I think, plans to improve the situation in Oxford anyway in terms of getting more trains running through it and, of course, the electrification programme the government announced will hugely benefit Oxford and points west. We have to make sure what we don't do is spend money now that would be rendered useless by further changes subsequently but I would be interested in those proposals. It's a station I know quite well, not least of which because my mother-in-law lives there... not in the station - nearby, she's not the station mistress."

After the session, Mr Smith told the BBC: "There's a chunk of land by Oxpens which is still owned by the residual old British Rail body and the government wants them to dispose of it. I've written to the secretary of state for transport and said don't sell that just yet because it is part of the jigsaw of land that you would need to assemble if the station could be moved.

"There are very strong arguments, as the Civic Society has said, for moving the station. It would enable you to put a coach station alongside it so you would have a proper interchange. It wouldn't leave the station out on the limb where it is now. It would provide a new gateway to the city, close to the new Westgate shopping centre development, and it would free up a huge amount of land around the present station site and some in Gloucester Green. It would ease all those congestion problems in Frideswide Square, so I think it's worth looking at."

Mr Smith said a study carried out eight years ago found that moving the station would be feasible if funding could be found. He said: "The point is that now there have to be big changes at Oxford station anyway because there's going to be trains running through Bicester down the Chiltern line to London, also because electrification is on the way, they want to use longer trains and have to lengthen the platforms anyway. It seems a once in a century opportunity to get a more sensible location for the station."


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on May 17, 2012, 09:27:49 PM
From the British Transport Police press release (http://www.btp.presscentre.com/Media-Releases/BTP-release-CCTV-after-cycle-stolen-from-Oxford-station-1a8a.aspx):

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British Transport Police (BTP) is appealing for information after a cycle was stolen from Oxford rail station.

Investigators have released CCTV of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the theft, which took place on Thursday, 22 March.

PC Bob Burrowes, investigating officer, said: ^The victim, a 42-year-old from Oxford, had left her bike locked to the cycle racks outside the station at around 3.15pm. When she returned to collect it at 9.50pm she realised it had been taken.^

Officers have conducted several lines of enquiry into the incident including speaking to local commuters and anniversary visits in the area but to no avail. CCTV has been viewed and police are now keen to speak to the man pictured, who is believed to have key information.

(http://www.btp.presscentre.com/imagelibrary/displaymedia.ashx?MediaDetailsID=8703&SizeID=2)  (http://www.btp.presscentre.com/imagelibrary/displaymedia.ashx?MediaDetailsID=8704&SizeID=2)

PC Burrowes said: ^From viewing CCTV footage at the station, we know what a man was seen loitering around the bike racks around 5.15pm. If you recognise the man pictured and think you can tell us who he is, please get in touch.

^Unfortunately cycles are a popular target for thieves but there are several steps people can take to ensure their bikes are adequately marked and secured to help reduce the risk of becoming a victim of bike theft.

^The best thing to remember is to register your bike and also to ensure a solid lock is used to secure it. If a bike is adequately marked, it makes it much easier to identify and therefore reduces its desirability to thieves.^

BTP officers regularly conduct cycle crime awareness surgeries at stations to offer crime prevention advice and identify the top locations for bike theft regularly, they are then targeted them through covert and overt policing operations to try and catch would-be offenders in the act.

Anyone who can name the man in the CCTV images should contact BTP on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference B13/LNA of 16/05/12. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police advice for making your bike more secure:
- Get your bike tagged and register it at www.bikeregister.com
- Ensure you have a solid lock
- Always lock your bicycle through its frame, not just through the wheel
- Fix your bike to solid, immovable objects in recognised cycle storage areas
- Whenever possible, lock your bike in a busy, well-lit and CCTV-covered area


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on August 27, 2012, 09:19:21 PM
Another incident - from the British Transport Police press release (http://www.btp.presscentre.com/Media-Releases/CCTV-released-Cycle-theft-sees-13-year-old-boy-s-bike-stolen-Oxford-1c00.aspx):

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CCTV released: Cycle theft sees 13-year-old boy^s bike stolen ^ Oxford

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for information after a 13-year-old boy had his bike stolen from Oxford rail station last week.

Investigators have today released CCTV of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the theft, which took place on Tuesday, 14 August 2012.

PC Roddy Brown, of BTP at Oxford station and who is investigating the theft, said: ^The young victim secured his bike to the racks at the station with a lock around midday. When he returned around 2.30pm, he noticed his bike had been taken.

^After viewing CCTV a man is seen to arrive at the racks on a bike at 2.15pm, before stealing the boy^s bike and riding off.^

Officers are conducting a number of enquiries into the incident including speaking to anyone who may have witnessed the incident, viewing CCTV as well as carrying out anniversary visits to the station.

PC Brown added: ^Officers will continue to carry out high visible patrols in and around the station and bike racks, delivering crime prevention advice for owners who fail to properly lock and secure their cycles.

^We work closely with train operator First Great Western to tackle cycle crime at rail stations and ask passengers to report any suspicious behaviour to a member of staff or police.^

Earlier this week, a man was arrested and charged for the attempted theft of a bike at the same station. Jason Mark Kilduff (33) of Linnet Close, Oxford, was charged with one count of going equipped and two counts of theft of a cycle. He is next due to appear at Oxford Magistrates^ Court on Friday, 7 September with bail conditions not to enter Oxford rail station.

TIPS TO ENSURE YOUR BICYCLE REMAINS SAFE AND SECURE:

Bicycles are a popular target for thieves. Here are some simple tips to ensure your cycle remains secure:

^ Always lock your bicycle whenever you leave it at a designated cycle rack area. Lock the frame and both wheels to a cycle stand.

^ Consider using more than one lock to secure your bike and ensure that you use a recognised security standard lock. D-locks, extension cable or heavy chain locks are certified locking mechanisms. It is important to ensure that yours are up to date.

^ Make the lock(s) and bike hard to manoeuvre when parked by ensuring little room between the stand and the bike.

^ Do not allow your lock(s) to come into contact with the ground, where they are viewed as more vulnerable.

^ Take a photograph of your bike and record your frame number and key details. This will be crucial in recovering your bike if it is stolen.

^ Mark your frame with your postcode in two separate locations, one of which should be hidden. Attach a ^Coded Cycle^ label to reduce the risk of making your bike a target for theft.

^ Do not ride with valuables in open baskets or panniers.

^ Register your bicycle at www.bikeregister.com or www.immobilise.com


Title: Oxford Station Redevelopment
Post by: ellendune on January 09, 2013, 10:19:20 PM
Vision for Oxford railway station overhaul unveiled (http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/yourtown/witney/9474725.Vision_for_Oxford_railway_station_overhaul_unveiled/)

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A CrossCountry train calls at one of Oxford station's two existing through platforms
THE main building at Oxford railway station could be knocked down to make way for new platforms under plans being considered by transport bosses.

The major redevelopment would see four through platforms ^ with no dead ends ^ built to solve what officials see as a major regional bottleneck.

County councillor Rodney Rose, responsible for Oxfordshire^s transport infrastructure, said the project was the only long-term solution to create enough capacity on Oxfordshire^s Rail network.


The proposal is put forward in a new county council rail strategy covering the next 22 years, which lists a station revamp by 2018 as the ^top priority^.

Under the proposal, the existing station would be demolished with trains pulling up either side of two island platforms, boosting the flow of trains.

The council^s draft Rail Strategy and Delivery Plan, to be discussed by Cabinet today, calls for a new project board to oversee the station^s re-design and link it with scheduled work to electrify the track and update signalling.

The strategy says: ^Oxford station has been identified by Network Rail as being a significant constraint on the network and is our top priority for improvement.

^Once the ^850m redevelopment of Reading station is complete, this will become the biggest single capacity bottleneck in the Thames Valley and a major barrier to rail and economic growth.^

It goes on: ^It is predicted that the number of peak services using the station is close to the maximum that can be accommodated, before any additional passenger or freight growth.^

In 2010, less ambitious plans to add an extra platform on the long stay car park were axed when County Hall lost millions of pounds of Government funding.

Network Rail is still committed to the project, and has asked for funding between 2014 and 2019.

But Mr Rose said in the longer term, the complete redesign of the station was needed.

He said: ^I still think this is something we should push for.

^Oxford is going to be the major bottleneck, and if East-West Rail goes through it will make it even worse.^

Network Rail spokesman Sam Kelly said a complete rebuild was not part of its current plans, but it would ^gladly discuss it^ with the council.

She added: ^In terms of the station itself, we will be working with First Great Western, Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council to review passenger flow through the station to provide better facilities in the future.

^With regards to the railway itself, our plans over the coming years will provide the capacity need for the future.^

First Great Western would not comment on the plans, but said stakeholders and rail users should ^make their aspirations known^ ahead of its attempt to regain the franchise to run trains to London from April 2013.

Chiltern Railways has its own separate plans to build two new platforms on the old parcels platform and part of the short stay car park to serve its new Evergreen 3 link to London via Bicester.

The council^s new rail strategy includes other ambitious projects.

It says ^the time is right to look at again at the potential of a Grove & Wantage station^ and that a train service could be offered by firms competing to win the Great Western franchise in 2013.

And it commits the council to investigate reinstatement of the rail link between Oxford, Witney and Carterton, to improve connections with the west Oxfordshire towns and RAF Brize Norton.

The public will be able to have their say on the proposals in a consultation process due to start next month.

RAIL STRATEGY PRIORITIES

  • Major projects already set to go ahead include electrification, the creation of the Evergreen 3 link from Oxford to Bicester, the East-West rail link, and ^5.6m redevelopment of Didcot Parkway forecourt
  • A new masterplan for Oxford railway station, the re-development of Frideswide Square and integration of the station into the West End redevelopment
  • More parking and bus facilities proposed for Bicester Town station, with a link to Bicester North. There is potential for rail freight facility at Graven Hill, using the Bicester Military Railway network.
  • Opening a railway station near Grove and Wantage to serve Science Vale UK
  • Redesign of Banbury station forecourt
  • Improve buses from Witney to Hanborough station, and investigate long-term reinstatement of a rail link from Oxford to Witney and Carterton
  • Improve parking and public transport links to stations in the Cotswolds


Title: Re: Oxford Station Redevelopment
Post by: ellendune on January 09, 2013, 10:25:34 PM
Long-awaited plans for Oxford railway station spelled out (http://www.thisisoxfordshire.co.uk/news/10147908._/?)

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OXFORD train station should be redeveloped on its existing site instead of being rebuilt elsewhere, bosses behind a planned revamp say.

Network Rail yesterday submitted a raft of infrastructure plans costing up to ^300m, including a new station by 2019.

Its predecessor Railtrack and Oxfordshire County Council had previously backed moving the station to a new site south of the existing station off Oxpens Road.

But Network Rail route managing director Patrick Hallgate yesterday said: ^Our preferred option is to leave it where it is. We believe there is little benefit from moving it, from a rail perspective.^

Moving the station further south would be ^prohibitively expensive^ as the land slopes downwards, he said.

Network Rail wants to add a third platform to the west of the station by the youth hostel and replace the Botley Road bridge to cater for the extra track. That will also see the road space below widened.

Mr Hallgate said passenger numbers have grown by 40 per cent in the last decade and are expected to rise another 40 per cent in the coming 10 years.

A raft of projects is set to boost Oxford^s capacity including faster, bigger electric trains, a line to Milton Keynes and a new link to London Marylebone via Bicester.

Mr Hallgate said: ^If we don^t create another platform we will struggle to meet that extra demand.^

The firm, along with council chiefs, is about to put out an invitation for station designs, which would not necessarily mean a complete rebuild.

Network Rail ^ which owns the station ^ pledged to continue having 90 per cent of trains arrive within five minutes of schedule during the work.

Mr Hallgate said the current rebuild of Reading station showed this could be done, but there would ^inevitably be trade-offs^.

Rodney Rose, deputy leader of Oxfordshire County Council, responsible for roads, ^totally agreed^ with the plans.

He said: ^I don^t see the funding being available to move it and, for a transport hub, it is better to be more central in Oxford.^

The authority is keeping an open mind on where parking and bus services would go, he said.

Oxford City Council leader Bob Price said: ^Frankly, the cost of moving it further down as people have suggested is astronomical. It is not worth the significant extra expense it would involve.^

But Oxford Civic Society chairman Peter Thompson, who has called for the station to move to land by Oxford Ice Rink, urged a rethink.

He said: ^If Network Rail are spending a huge amount of money anyway, the opportunity should be taken to provide Oxford with a properly integrated transport hub.^

OxRail passenger group spokesman Dennis Tan said of Network Rail^s plans: ^I don^t think it will go down well with a lot of commuters.

^A lot of people were expecting a brand new station. It is very crowded in peak hours.^

Network Rail^s plan has been submitted to the Office of Rail Regulation which will publish its final decision on how much funding it available in October.

PEOPLE will be able to have their say on billions of pounds of potential investment in the county^s railways tonight.
Members of the public can quiz officers from Network Rail on its five-year investment plan that will see ^9bn spent on the Great Western main line by 2019.
Network Rail plans to electrify the line and redevelop Oxford Station as well as creating a new link between the city and London Marylebone.
Yesterday these projects were confirmed as being part of the organisation^s five-year plan.
Some groups, including the Wolvercote Commoners, have expressed concern about the impact the planned schemes would have.
Commoners chairman Michael Buck said: ^We want to make sure that the development doesn^t affect the common.
The meeting is at the Town Hall in St Aldate^s, starting at 6.30pm with a presentation on the proposals.


Title: Re: Oxford Station Redevelopment
Post by: mjones on January 10, 2013, 09:43:13 AM
This interested me: "Network Rail wants to add a third platform to the west of the station by the youth hostel and replace the Botley Road bridge to cater for the extra track. That will also see the road space below widened".

Highlighting the short sighted decision to allow the youth hostel to be built there in the first place...

But if the bridge can be widened at the same time that would be very helpful, providing an opportunity to provide continuous full width cycle lanes where it is currently very squeezed and a significant hazard.


Title: Re: Oxford Station Redevelopment
Post by: paul7755 on January 10, 2013, 10:06:53 AM
It always seemed to me that the pretty vocal lobby that wanted to move lock stock and barrel down to Oxpens (by the ice rink) were looking at the problem purely from the perspective of commuting towards London.  The site was pretty much useless once you added in Chiltern's known plans, the possibility of E/W rail, existing XC and freight to the Midlands, and the Cotswolds services, most of which seems to add up to a conventional through station on a straightforward north/south alignment.

Regarding the bridge being 'widened' though, IIRC NR used the term 'widening' for the work at Caversham and Vastern Rd bridges in Reading.  This then appeared to mislead a few into thinking the widening would apply to the roads, but in hindsight they actually just meant the width available for the railway...

Paul   


Title: Re: Oxford Station Redevelopment
Post by: ellendune on January 11, 2013, 10:28:00 PM
Architects vie to put train station on map (http://www.thisisoxfordshire.co.uk/news/10155192._/?) This is Oxfordshire

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10:30am Friday 11th January 2013 in News By Katriona Ormiston

Buy this photo ^ Chris Aldridge, NetWork Rail's principal strategic planner, talks to a packed public meeting in the Long Room at the Town Hall
ARCHITECTS are set to design the revamp of Oxford railway station.

Plans to appoint an architect to redesign the station have been agreed by Oxford City Council and Network Rail.

Councillor Jean Fooks said a competition was being run by the Royal Institute of British Architects for the best design for the station.

She said: ^It is very exciting there will be an architect to design the station. That doesn^t happen to stations generally so it^s great news.

^The plans for the railway in Oxford look really good, but clearly you have to look at the effects of increasing traffic on people who live nearby.^


The masterplan for Oxford^s rail future was greeted with enthusiasm by residents at a meeting on Wednesday.

More than 100 people packed into a crowded room at Oxford Town Hall to hear the proposals.

Network Rail principal strategic planner for the western region, Chris Aldridge, said plans were to make Oxford a central hub for the UK^s railways.

He said: ^It is a great opportunity to develop Oxford. I think the city has a great rail future and we will be working closely both with Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council to make it happen.

^We will be developing it to work as a hub for trains to run across the UK. So far, Oxford has been a terminating point but this will change that.^

Mr Aldridge said plans were to build another platform at the station and extra tracks.

That will double the number of trains which run through Oxfordshire at the moment.

Adrian James, 50, from Osney, said: ^I live near the station and use it. Oxford is a world-class city so it is brilliant we are now going to get our world-class station.

^Everyone in the world knows Oxford and they arrive at that station, and my god what they must think of it at the moment. People in Botley need to feel better connected, too.^

The ^70m development proposed for the county is part of the countrywide ^300m plan by Network Rail announced on Tuesday. At the moment there are 11 trains per hour running through Oxford.

In 2019 that number is set to double to 22 in total.

But people who live near the railway lines said the plans to double the number of trains filled them with dread.

Keith Dancy, from St Peters Road in Wolvercote, said: ^My pictures fall off the walls when a train goes past, the vibrations are so bad.

^My neighbour even thought she was having a heart attack when the freight trains went past she was shaking so much, so it is not good news for us.^

Mr Aldridge said he did not know what kind of mitigation people who live near the rail lines might receive but Network Rail would look into it.

Extra track lines at Oxford station will also mean freight trains can pass through the central tracks between platforms at the station while passenger trains load and unload.

The Royal Institute of British Architects was unavailable for comment.



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Extra track lines at Oxford station will also mean freight trains can pass through the central tracks between platforms at the station while passenger trains load and unload.

One commentator has pointed out that the author had obviously never been to the station as they can do this now.


Title: Re: Oxford Station Redevelopment
Post by: paul7755 on January 12, 2013, 12:01:16 AM
"Oxford has been a terminating point..."   ???

If only there were through trains to Scotland...

Paul


Title: Re: Oxford Station Redevelopment
Post by: Puffing Billy on January 13, 2013, 08:56:44 PM
Just wondering, but would it be at all feasible to extend the existing platforms northward and have crossovers at the mid-way point to achieve the same flexibility as parallel platforms? I can see that it would involve a lot of signalling and fancy pointwork, not to mention at least partial relocation of the carriage/servicing sidings, but on the other hand it could avoid having to extend the current railway boundaries and virtually rebuild the main buildings.


Title: Re: Oxford Station Redevelopment
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on January 13, 2013, 09:11:03 PM
Thanks for posting, Puffing Billy - and welcome to the Coffee Shop forum!  :)

I have no answer to your suggestion, as I'm not an Oxford expert - but I'm sure you will have some responses from our erudite members shortly!


Title: Re: Oxford Station Redevelopment
Post by: 81F on January 14, 2013, 10:43:07 PM
Just wondering, but would it be at all feasible to extend the existing platforms northward and have crossovers at the mid-way point to achieve the same flexibility as parallel platforms? I can see that it would involve a lot of signalling and fancy pointwork, not to mention at least partial relocation of the carriage/servicing sidings, but on the other hand it could avoid having to extend the current railway boundaries and virtually rebuild the main buildings.

When I first came to Oxford in 1964 there were diamond crossovers between through and platform lines halfway down each platform. Ex-area manager David Mather led a walk around the railway lands of Oxford last September (part of the "Open Doors" weekend) and I asked him whether this might be a way of handling more trains through Oxford station. He reckoned not, and was in favour of a new station south of Botley Road with tracks re-aligned through the car park.
Only last week [9 Jan 2013] there was a public meeting at Oxford Town Hall where NR revealed their plans for increasing capacity, basically involving turning the down platform into an island (on the present site).
I have a file of NRs powerpoint presentation showing how they propose to deal with traffic growth.   It includes, inter much alia, their plans for the new station layout. I don't know how to post it to this newsgroup, but if anyone is keen to see it, please send a personal message with email address and I'll send it to you attached to an email.


Title: Re: Oxford Station Redevelopment
Post by: paul7755 on January 15, 2013, 01:51:35 PM

Only last week [9 Jan 2013] there was a public meeting at Oxford Town Hall where NR revealed their plans for increasing capacity, basically involving turning the down platform into an island (on the present site).


I think a couple of us discussed this possibility in one of the previous threads about Oxford station a year or so back.  In the 2011 GWML RUS they were proposing turning both sides into islands, and that looked incredibly difficult to achieve, given the layout of the main station buildings, and Chiltern's plans for the Marylebone bays etc.

I for one thought that a through line behind the down platform would give them much of the operational flexibility required, as trains from the south could terminate and head back towards Didcot from the current down platform, without conflicting at all with other down through trains that would pass through on the new platform.  The addition of the up side bay alongside the car park provides another option for terminating trains from the south of course, presumably this may still happen as well.

Paul


Title: Re: Oxford Station Redevelopment
Post by: IndustryInsider on January 15, 2013, 05:32:16 PM
Yes, that looks like the favoured layout at the moment.  Space constraints mean that it'll be a very tight squeeze, especially (and assuming) given that platform lengths will need to be at least 270 metres to be able to accommodate 10-Car Bi-mode IEP's.  Currently platforms 1 and 2 are 275 metres long, so are just about OK, but it's clear to see why the Botley Road bridge will need widening in order to give room for the new track.

Buildings wise it works quite well given how tight the space is.  Just south of Botley Road is railway land and buildings (the former Railway Club and also some Permanent Way accommodation), which can easily be demolished to allow the track for the new platform to fit in, and with the panel box building becoming redundant in a couple of years, some offices and buildings on platform 2 will need to go, but can easily be built elsewhere.  Crucially there should still be just about be enough room to squeeze in Roger Dudman Way, the access road to the ever growing housing and student accommodation on the site of the GWR Locomotive Yard.


Title: Re: Oxford Station Redevelopment
Post by: mjones on January 15, 2013, 07:43:08 PM
And the Youth Hostel...?


Title: Re: Oxford Station Redevelopment
Post by: IndustryInsider on January 15, 2013, 07:46:24 PM
It's tight, but as long as that end of the platform was quite thin, I think it wouldn't be in the way - though they might have to lose a bit of their garden!


Title: Re: Oxford Station Redevelopment
Post by: mjones on January 15, 2013, 09:39:33 PM
Yes, you are (of course!) right- I had in mind that it was right next to the platform buildings but I've just had a wander around there on Google Streetview and there is more space behind than I'd realised.


Title: Re: Oxford Station Redevelopment
Post by: IndustryInsider on January 16, 2013, 12:31:10 PM
Using Google streetview you can also see what an odd road Roger Dudman Way is.  Set to become twice as busy later this year with two new housing developments nearing completion.  I could see the parking spaces being removed and along with removal of the Panel Box building and other signalling related structures further down, there would probably be room for a new track along the existing side of Platform 2 and an improved 'proper' road access.


Title: Re: Oxford Station Redevelopment
Post by: paul7755 on January 16, 2013, 05:31:10 PM
The biggest issues would seem to be at the north end, crossing the Sheepwash Channel.   It looks from Google as though the four tracks spread out in width to match the individual bridge positions, (compared to the Botley Rd end of the station it's about twice the width) with the road in question taking the westernmost span.  In hindsight, that doesn't seem to have been such a good idea...

Paul


Title: Re: Oxford Station Redevelopment
Post by: ellendune on January 16, 2013, 10:32:55 PM
The biggest issues would seem to be at the north end, crossing the Sheepwash Channel.   It looks from Google as though the four tracks spread out in width to match the individual bridge positions, (compared to the Botley Rd end of the station it's about twice the width) with the road in question taking the westernmost span.  In hindsight, that doesn't seem to have been such a good idea...

Paul

Yes but I thought that leaving room for Roger Dudman Way to cross the Sheepwash channel would be a problem, now you point it out a new single bridge deck would allow the tracks to be moved nearer (and also the platform ends leaving room for the extra tracks and the island platforms, while still leaving room for the bay for evergreen 3. 


Title: Re: Oxford Station Redevelopment
Post by: IndustryInsider on February 04, 2013, 10:57:45 AM
I've chanced across some quite detailed diagrams of current Network Rail plans for Oxford, which are in slightly more advanced stages than I've seen before.

Lines marked in black are unchanged.
Lines marked in red are new sections of track.
Lines marked in green are sections of track to be removed.

The first one is an overview of the Oxford area.  It shows that current thinking is for Bi-Di signalling on both the up and down main lines along with the up passenger loop and an extended down passenger loop as far as just before Wolvercote Junction.  Linespeeds on the loops are to be improved massively with the up loop going from 25mph to 75/90mph!

It also shows a re-laid Oxford North Junction for East-West Rail with the current single lead 25mph junction being replaced with a double 50mph junction.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8464/8443348777_c012c02659_c.jpg)



The second one shows the station area itself in more detail.  Things to note include the new platform at the back of the current platform 2, with both of those platforms gaining signals so that trains can depart back to London from them.  Both bridges at the end of the platforms would be replaced/widened with the line leading to the new through platform meaning the removal of the two 'West Midland' sidings immediately south of the station.

The sidings on both sides are altered to mostly provide for 260m long trains (10-Car IEP length) and this is achieved by moving the access route into the down sidings closer to the station for two of the three roads which would then not be able to access the current up platform, though with two other London platforms available that would not be a problem.  The up sidings would be extended by removing the headshunt at the Banbury end and making four long sidings using space created at that end.

It appears, from the diagram, that the London end bay platform idea isn't included, although passive provision for a fourth through platform linking through to the current platform 3 would be - though that would mean knocking down the concourse!

The other major alteration is for the Evergreen 3 service, which it appears would only use one additional platform (and could also use the current bay platform), and would have no dedicated line to Oxford North Junction but would instead share the main or loop lines that other services would use.

I must stress that these are only provisional plans, and there may be other plans that are totally different, but just as likely to see the light of day.  But it's interesting to get a glimpse of what the current thinking is, and if these improvements were to be made there would be a huge leap in flexibility at Oxford.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8499/8444440266_e5fde3277e_c.jpg)


Title: Re: Oxford Station Redevelopment
Post by: Gordon the Blue Engine on February 05, 2013, 06:33:09 PM
Thank you II for that, track diagrams are always very interesting (well I think so). I know one can always think of bells and whistles to add, but it would add flexibility if the down passenger loop were extended to run past Wolvercote Junction into the Cotswold line, so that (for example) up Cotswold line trains could acccess P4 and P5 independently of the UM and DM.  As far as I can recall there are no physical barriers eg overbridges in the way. 



Title: Re: Oxford Station Redevelopment
Post by: IndustryInsider on February 06, 2013, 12:36:14 AM
I agree with the extending of the down loop, but there would need to be an additional bridge span over Duke's Lock just before the junction, and a couple of lineside buildings would need moving.  Quite possibly that will be worth the investment if and when Wolvercote Junction to Charlbury section is re-doubled as the whole junction would need changing then?


Title: Re: Oxford Station Redevelopment
Post by: bobm on February 06, 2013, 10:04:20 AM
track diagrams are always very interesting (well I think so)

Totally agree - I still regularly refer to my ageing copy of the Thames Valley Trackplans produced internally by Network Rail even though it is getting woefully out of date in the Reading area!


Title: Re: Oxford Station Redevelopment
Post by: Oxman on April 22, 2013, 03:57:02 PM
Network Rail press release announces appointment of "master planners" to develop options for the station and its environs.

http://www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk/News-Releases/7439/Masterplanners-appointed-for-the-proposed-redevelopment-of-Oxford-station

Interestingly, a joint project with the County and City Councils.

"Aedas will look at the wider station area including the forecourt and transport interchange, Becket Street car park, Roger Dudman Way and the Botley Road bridge area. They will also consider how proposed options would link in with the county council's Frideswide Square development."



Title: Re: Oxford Station Redevelopment
Post by: ellendune on October 31, 2013, 07:41:05 AM
The ORR final determination for PR13 (http://www.rail-reg.gov.uk/pr13/PDF/pr13-final-determination.pdf) Page 918 includes funding for:

"Oxford station area capacity and enlargement"


Title: Re: Oxford Station Redevelopment
Post by: DidcotPunter on November 05, 2013, 03:40:48 PM
The ORR final determination for PR13 (http://www.rail-reg.gov.uk/pr13/PDF/pr13-final-determination.pdf) Page 918 includes funding for:

"Oxford station area capacity and enlargement"


Some more detail on thisisoxfordshire

http://www.thisisoxfordshire.co.uk/news/10784375.It_s_full_steam_ahead_for___70m_revamp_of_Oxford_rail_station/

 THE ^70m transformation of Oxford railway station will now go ahead after Government officials finally approved the plan.

The scheme, which has been in the pipeline for years in an effort to free up the bottlenecked route, has now been given permission by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR).

It will see the Botley Road bridge replaced and an extra platform built to accommodate more services using the new link to London Marylebone and Milton Keynes via Bicester.

The ^500m East West Rail project, which will connect Reading to Bedford via Oxford, has also been approved by the ORR as part of the same list of projects the regulator said Network Rail must deliver in the next five years.


Title: Re: Oxford Station Redevelopment
Post by: IanL on November 07, 2013, 09:09:19 PM
I hope they do something about the narrow platforms where they pass the lifts and stairs to the bridge, too often I see an entire HST of passengers trying to pass this narrow section on the way to the exit, when the dispatch team are also yelling to stay behind the yellow line so they can see to get the train to clear the platform it just makes matters worse.


Title: Re: Oxford Station Redevelopment
Post by: ellendune on February 01, 2014, 02:06:15 PM
Some further news last month in the Oxford Mail (http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/10913925.It___s_all_change_again_at_Oxford_railway_station/)

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It^s all change again at Oxford railway station

PLANS for the multi-million pound redevelopment of Oxford^s railway station are set to be unveiled early this year.

This will bring to an end months of discussion over the future of the site off Frideswide Square which some hope will see it become an integrated ^transport hub^.

Since early last year, Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council and Network Rail have been working together to draw up a masterplan for the station and the surrounding area.

The new station will include extra platforms to accommodate extra services using the planned new links to London Marylebone and Milton Keynes via Bicester, in conjunction with the electrification and resignalling of the Oxford to London route via Didcot.

These projects are due to be operating by 2017.

A number of potential uses are being considered as part of the ^70m redevelopment ^ including a new bus station ^ but there are plenty of different ideas about what should actually become reality.

In April First Great Western said it would be supportive of anything which came out of the masterplan which made sure there were integrated transport links, while Network Rail appeared cooler on the issue.

Network Rail spokesman Dayle Sellars said the aspiration to create a ^transport hub^ would be wrapped up in the masterplan due to released soon.

County councillor Rodney Rose, deputy leader of transport authority Oxfordshire County Council, said: ^My priority for the site is that people can get on and off trains, that they have somewhere to park their cars and bicycles and somewhere to catch the bus. Beyond that I am not so worried.

^We do need a proper hotel there but we need to be careful that we don^t build the site up so much that you cannot get bus, taxi or car infrastructure in there.^

Figures from the Office for Rail Regulation show that 6,227,018 used the station in 2011-2012 compared with 3,064,362 in 1997-1998 ^ a rise of 103 per cent.

Proposals to create an integrated transport hub in Oxford date back to the late 1940s, when the Great Western and London Midland & Scottish railways proposed a rebuilt station with a bus station alongside on land now occupied by Oxford University^s Said Business School, which was then the site of the LMS^s Rewley Road station.


Title: Re: Oxford Station Redevelopment
Post by: ellendune on March 31, 2014, 11:26:24 PM
More news in Network Rail's delivery plan http://www.networkrail.co.uk/cp5-delivery-plan/cp5-enhancements-delivery-plan.pdf
 (http://www.networkrail.co.uk/cp5-delivery-plan/cp5-enhancements-delivery-plan.pdf)

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Oxford Corridor Capacity Improvements

Scope of works
 Improvements to line speeds.
 Improved operational flexibility.
 Bi-directional signalling between Didcot North and Aynho Junction.
 Revised Oxford station platform arrangements.
 Enhancement to the Botley Road bridge.
 Track and signalling enhancement to improve capacity.

Phase 1: enables Chiltern Rail services to commence from London Marylebone to Oxford
from March 2016 as part of the East West Rail scheme, through existing bay platform
enhancement. This will include some reconfiguration to the track layout and sidings to
provide additional operational capacity, capability and flexibility through the station. This
further compliments the concurrent electrification of the railway south of Oxford by Great
Western electrification.

Phase 2: provides additional through platform capacity and line speed improvements to
enable an enhanced timetable to operate electric trains and provides additional East West
Rail services from Milton Keynes or Bedford. This also supports Oxford City Council^s
aspirations to improve the highway through the Botley Road Bridge.


It says Phase 1 complete by December 2016 and Phase 2 by December 2018


Title: Re: Oxford Station Redevelopment
Post by: ChrisB on April 09, 2014, 10:02:19 AM
Attended a presentation by two Network Rail guys last night put on by the local branch of IMechE....we got Richard McCulloch -Principal Sponsor for the IEP & Electrification project plus Ben Stevens, sponsor for the Oxford Resignalling project....

Some notes....

IEP trains testing on ECML Feb15, GWML (RDG-DID) Aug/Sep15
Class 800 will be bi-mode units, Class 801 all-electric units - according to Richard, the DfT *still* haven't firmed up the mix!
Pantographs can be raised / lowered while at speed

Electrification - RDG-DID in time for the testing above
Remaining track to OXF/BSK (EMUs to run)/Newbury & BPW Dec16
BPW/Bath & BTM May17
Cardiff Dec17
Swansea May18
164 structures in total (bridges/tunnels/station awnings) need clearance work

Oxford resignalling Stage 1 complete by Dec16, then transferred to Didcot signalling centre by Mar17
Stage 2 (E/West Rail Oxford North junction doubled too) complete Dec18
This includes extra through Down platform (so an island platform)
Platform renumbering (from the East, so Up through platform =3, down throughs = 4&5
Current platform 3 to 6car length, new platform 4 (Chiltern) only 5car (will be plat 1&2 after renumbering)
New Botley Road Bridge with 4.8m height clearance from road, with 3 lane road plus a cycle lane and footway both sides of road!

I'll copy the IEP/electrification info to the appropriate thread
Passive provision for South Bay platform on the Up side
New station Masterplan going out to competition amongst architects




Title: Re: Oxford Station Redevelopment
Post by: IndustryInsider on April 09, 2014, 01:28:26 PM
Thanks for posting those details, Chris.  My diagrams further up the page remain pretty accurate.


Title: Re: Oxford Station Redevelopment
Post by: ChrisB on April 09, 2014, 02:49:12 PM
Yes, I didn't note any changes


Title: Re: Oxford Station Redevelopment
Post by: Class 50 on April 26, 2014, 11:07:20 PM
 Please note the presentation below at , Railfuture (Thames Valley AGM ) , all very welcome, it should give a very good update of what is being planned at Oxford.
It's about 10 mins walk from Station .
7pm on Wednesday
7th May 2014 at The King's Centre, Osney Mead, Oxford, OX2 0ES
 
Speaker
 
Mike Hogg of First Group.
 
^Oxford^s railway ^ getting ready for its new role^.
 


Title: Re: Oxford Station Redevelopment
Post by: FremlinsMan on April 27, 2014, 07:50:07 PM
Cool. Do you need to be a member of RailFuture to attend?


Title: Re: Oxford Station Redevelopment
Post by: ChrisB on April 28, 2014, 10:19:58 AM
No you don't!

AGM business to start at 7pm, so Mike Hogg will hopefully be on his feet by 7.20 till 9ish. I've seen his presentation already & good it is.

All welcome. (from one of the organisers)


Title: Re: Oxford Station Redevelopment
Post by: FremlinsMan on May 02, 2014, 09:36:06 PM
Were there any surprises in the presentation by Mike Hogg?


Title: Re: Oxford Station Redevelopment
Post by: ChrisB on May 02, 2014, 09:43:49 PM
Depends what you already know, I guess :-)....the meeting is on the 7th, but I've heard it elsewhere. Worth coming, if you have an interest!


Title: Re: Oxford Station Redevelopment
Post by: IndustryInsider on May 27, 2014, 10:15:58 PM
Seems to be taking a little longer to work out a plan that all the stakeholders are happy with:

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/11236584._/ (http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/11236584._/)

Not too surprising really I suppose, though I'm not sure how Chiltern's plans to restore services to Oxford will fit in if the new infrastructure is not finished?  A delay beyond spring 2016? 

Meanwhile, work continues on the reinstatement of the down loop line between Oxford North Junction and Wolvercote Junction.  Special attention is being given to drainage as the whole area is very close to the large flood plain that is Port Meadow, and the heavy rain at the turn of the year will have given engineers a vivid idea of how the area floods.


Title: Re: Oxford Station Redevelopment
Post by: ChrisB on May 28, 2014, 09:23:07 AM
No delay, just politicians pontificating....coz they know they need to put money into their grandiose scheme & they haven't got any/much & they worry what their taxpayers will say while cuts are made elsewhere....

FGW comment...
Quote
My comment at the end is the position as far as we are concerned. The 'just a booking office' words are unrecognised from the dealings we have had and in fact the multi-party Oxford Project Board is tomorrow [today] where I'm sure clarity will be achieved.

I wouldn't worry about the item in the press - all part of the pre-amble to a decent project in my view.


Title: Re: Oxford Station Redevelopment
Post by: IndustryInsider on May 28, 2014, 11:45:14 AM
No delay.. yet.  And, of course, I hope there won't be.  Indeed, no real work can commence until the Oxford Panel Box is transferred to Didcot (presumably that won't be delayed as Swindon Panel's transfer is), but timescales are still pretty tight...


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: ray951 on July 24, 2014, 03:00:47 PM
Haven't seen the actual plans but details of the new Oxford station are apparently due to be announced today.
http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/top_news/11361473.City_gets___75m_bus_and_rail_gateway/?ref=mac (http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/top_news/11361473.City_gets___75m_bus_and_rail_gateway/?ref=mac)
Although I hope that isn't correct but it seems to suggest there will only be 3 platforms.
Although presumably they will also be split into A and B and also bi-directional.
Will the start of the Oxford - Marylebone services be delayed as they are due to run from land that now appears to be targeted for development and no mention of where the car park will be.

it would also explain why there have been several groups of people using pile drivers to I assume take soil samples around the car park and station area for the last couple of days.



Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Gordon the Blue Engine on July 24, 2014, 05:28:20 PM
There's a video within that link which suggests that there will be 3 THROUGH platforms (ie additional to the north-facing bays).  Also, the youth hostel will be demolished to make way for the new through platform and some new development outside the station.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: stebbo on July 24, 2014, 06:48:30 PM
There's a news article with outline picture on the BBC Local News website - not that informative.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: ray951 on July 24, 2014, 08:56:28 PM
Must say it looks impressive from the video. But it is always a case of jam tomorrow as it won't be completed for 4 years assuming it is finished on time.
I wont be holding my breath given how long it is has taken to complete just the car park/bus stops at Didcot Parkway.

A masterplan can be found here http://www.oxford.gov.uk/PageRender/decN/newsarticle.htm?newsarticle_itemid=54987 (http://www.oxford.gov.uk/PageRender/decN/newsarticle.htm?newsarticle_itemid=54987)


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: ChrisB on July 25, 2014, 09:41:12 AM
I thought I heard that the additional fourth Up platform was being passively provisioned for in this build & would go in at a later date. Hence most the station being on an upper level?....


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: stuving on July 25, 2014, 10:05:34 AM
The picture in the masterplan news piece shows four through platforms, while the fly-through video didn't (at least not clearly). However, both are artists' impressions, presumably based on engineering plans which we haven't seen. I guess they will be produced for planning.

Note that if you count platforms, and include the "parcels platform", the up through platform is being lengthened, not added to the total. On that basis only the down through is an extra platform.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: paul7755 on July 25, 2014, 03:12:48 PM
The 'third through platform' (i.e. rather than four) shouldn't be a surprise, it has been a fairly consistent factor, especially if you go back to the track diagrams posted by IndustryInsider in early 2013 (on the previous page of this thread).

Paul


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Btline on July 25, 2014, 06:05:16 PM
Oxford station either needs:

*4 through platforms, plus 2 bays for Chiltern.

Add central turnback sidings to the North of the station and a terminating fast or slow from London can tip out and then go up to reverse (whilst not delaying XC or East West services who can use the adjacent platform)

Or:

*2 through platforms, 2 central terminating platforms, plus 2 bays for Chiltern. So terminating trains do not hold up a following through service.

Of course, the central terminating platforms will be so long they might as well be through!


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: paul7755 on July 25, 2014, 06:09:59 PM
There won't be as many terminating trains as now if they join EWR services with existing FGW terminating services across Oxford (as planned).   It is quite possible that with through trains using the new west side loop platform the existing down platform will be able to deal with reversals OK.  Hasn't this been discussed earlier in the thread?

Paul


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: stuving on July 25, 2014, 07:43:58 PM
I wonder - that "masterplan" diagram should reflect a plan of the structure and track that was given to the arstist(s).

What it shows is both platforms extended over Botley Road, and in both cases there's a track (and presumably platform face) on the outer side too. Both also have a hole in them over the bridge, the significance of which is that there has to be a separate single-track bridge each side of the main bridge, and the platform doesn't fully span the gap across the bridge. (No, I don't understand why either.) 

There is also a separate platform for the short track to the east.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: IndustryInsider on July 26, 2014, 12:11:19 PM
Certainly a far more ambitious project that I would have expected a couple of years ago when the redevelopment was first announced.  A mini-Reading in many ways with a similar style 'transfer deck' and areas formerly used for buses being turned into public squares at the front of the station, and a new proper west end entrance is added.  The extra through platform being confirmed is excellent news and it appears the ambition to extend the current Platform 3 (and the new Chiltern bay platform) will be realised following the demolition of the current concourse.  I'm assuming that all three through platforms will be bi-directional as per previous plans.

On the west side of the station, Roger Dudman Way, the strangest street I know, getting spliced into Cripley Road is a good idea as that creates room for all the new staff buildings and western entrance.  In some ways it's a shame the Youth Hostel has to go as it was only built 20 years ago - it's not clear, but perhaps it will be rebuilt into one of the three commercial development blocks in the masterplan diagram?

The bus interchange on Becket Street taking up part of the current car park is an interesting idea, though it's not clear how many buses that currently use Gloucester Green will migrate to this new facility - it should be remembered that the Railway Station is not situated in the City Centre, so some routes might be better off avoiding the station and serving the city instead.  As usual the CGI video has a very sparse number of buses, cars and pedestrians compared with what will eventually be the reality!

The extra level on top of the transfer deck will be the first thing to go if money needs to be saved I'd have thought.  Let's hope that this ambitious plan goes through all the various hurdles quickly and gets built as soon as possible.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Andrew1939 from West Oxon on July 26, 2014, 12:25:34 PM
I agree with II in general. However I do not think the promotors would describe the existing presentation as a "master plan". It is, I believe, their ideas of what the final project should look like and include. Looking at the internet presentation, it left a lot of question marks in my mind and I therefore hope to attend one of the consulation meeings to be held next Friday and Saturday at the Westgate shopping centre where I hope a little more detail may be available.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: ChrisB on July 26, 2014, 03:04:12 PM
I think it's an exhibition & Q&A with staff rather than a meeting as such, and hopefully more detail....

It is a consultation, so things I'm sure can & will change. The YHA is under compulsory purchase, so they will need to be found a home or it'll cost a lot of money that could otherwise be spent on the scheme.


Title: Oxford train station to get multi-million pound expansion - Oxford Mail 02/02/15
Post by: bignosemac on February 02, 2015, 06:02:36 PM
From the Oxford Mail (http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/11764291._/?):

Quote
A MULTI-MILLION-POUND expansion of Oxford station is planned in order to create a rail link to challenge the A34.

Network Rail has submitted plans to Oxford City Council that would see longer platforms built to allow Chiltern Railways^ extended trains to stop there.

It is forecast that 3.3 million more passengers will pass through the station each year by 2026 compared to 2011.

The Chiltern trains would have nine carriages instead of four to cope with the extra demand, and would run from Bicester, Banbury and the new Oxford Parkway station in Water Eaton to London Marylebone.

The extended platforms at Oxford would allow the new extended trains to stop there and create a direct link from Didcot to Bicester.

City council leader Bob Price said: ^We are extremely happy at the way in which railway improvements will make it easier to get to London and the way in which they put Oxford at the centre of the rail network. I think it will have some effect on congestion and we certainly welcome that. It will ease pressure on Woodstock Road, Banbury Road and so on. Rail investment is really important for tourism and for the business economy because all the research shows that railways are vital in improving the attractiveness of Oxford."

Network Rail would not reveal the cost of the expansion project but a similar scheme approved in October 2010 but never implemented would have cost about ^12.5 million.

The company^s planning statement for the scheme said: ^East West Rail [a wider project to link East and South West England] will enable half a million new rail trips, and provide a direct Didcot-Oxford-Bicester link to rival the A34.^

Rail user^s group Railfuture, which campaigns for better train services, said the scheme would not just benefit people who use trains regularly.

Thames Valley representative Andrew McCallum, from Banbury, said: ^I would like to see the dominance of the A34 challenged. The congestion is getting chronic and something needs to be done. This is not the whole solution but it is a big part of it. The trains could keep going down to Didcot and even the South Coast. It will benefit those who use the train, those who will still have to use the roads and those who currently use the roads but will be able to take the train.^

The project would also see the one-storey staff accommodation block beside the station demolished and a temporary two-storey building built in its place.

Network Rail said it could be there for up to ten years as part of the station masterplan if that scheme goes ahead.

The masterplan, supported by the city council, Oxfordshire County Council, and First Great Western, would see ^75m spent to redevelop the station.

The platform extensions are not officially part of the scheme but would be the first stage of redevelopment of the station.

Susanna Pressel, city councillor for Jericho and Osney ward which contains the station, said the plans for a temporary accommodation block concerned her.

She said: ^I share the concern of some residents who would be seriously affected by these proposals. I have seen their tiny back gardens and I hope it will not be necessary to put a new two-storey building right up against them. This would cause them to lose a lot of sunlight. We need to make sure that anything that is built does not cause more noise pollution or light pollution.^

A consultation will run until Monday, February 16, and the city council will be asked to decide whether to approve the scheme by March 9.

Oxfordshire County Council cabinet member for transport David Nimmo Smith said: ^The changes planned at Oxford station are welcome. It is already a very busy railway station and there is more passenger and freight traffic to come in future years. The extra capacity that is planned is very timely and I look forward to seeing work getting under way. It is important that local people are able to see that there are positive plans in place for the future.^

Details of the planning application submitted by Network Rail can be found at Oxford City Council's website planning portal (http://www.oxford.gov.uk/planningapplications). The application reference is 15/00096/PA11.


Title: Re: Oxford train station to get multi-million pound expansion - Oxford Mail 02/02/15
Post by: ellendune on February 02, 2015, 07:27:32 PM
Would this be better added to the existing thread at http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=593.0 (http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=593.0)


Title: Re: Oxford train station to get multi-million pound expansion - Oxford Mail 02/02/15
Post by: stuving on February 02, 2015, 07:59:34 PM
I'm not sure what this is about:
Quote
The Chiltern trains would have nine carriages instead of four to cope with the extra demand, and would run from Bicester, Banbury and the new Oxford Parkway station in Water Eaton to London Marylebone.

The extended platforms at Oxford would allow the new extended trains to stop there and create a direct link from Didcot to Bicester.

The report does say that this "application" is only for the building, not the track and platforms, but planning authority approval is required for new bridges. There is no new bridge here, so the track has to fit into the existing one, and the platforms in any case within the railway boundary. So the new platform "4"  will be only 4 or 5 cars long, and P3 can't really be any longer than it is. That is what the plans show (though they do not extend to the end of P3).

And why would a direct service through to Didcot, which isn't envisaged until East-West Rail anyway, need these new bay platforms?

All rather confused. And as for this:
Quote
Network Rail said it could be there for up to ten years as part of the station masterplan if that scheme goes ahead.

The masterplan, supported by the city council, Oxfordshire County Council, and First Great Western, would see ^75m spent to redevelop the station.

The platform extensions are not officially part of the scheme but would be the first stage of redevelopment of the station.

Surely this first step is really a stop-gap, and will all be redone come the big remodelling. Obviously the building is temporary as it will not be part of the masterplan, not because it is.


Title: Re: Oxford train station to get multi-million pound expansion - Oxford Mail 02/02/15
Post by: stuving on February 02, 2015, 10:54:03 PM
So the new platform "4"  will be only 4 or 5 cars long, and P3 can't really be any longer than it is. That is what the plans show (though they do not extend to the end of P3).
That's not quite right - the track's being extended at the other end, by nearly 40 m. So P3 could reach nearly 180 m, but with the required gap behind the buffers that's barely 8x23 m car lengths. And "P4" looks like about 150 m, less the gap.

In any case, what trains are Chiltern likely to come up with in the next 10 years?


Title: Re: Oxford train station to get multi-million pound expansion - Oxford Mail 02/02/15
Post by: paul7755 on February 02, 2015, 11:57:36 PM
Chiltern have already organised the 9 x 2 car 170s from TPE that will apparently be converted to 168 standard, AIUI they get the first 5 in a few months time.

Rumour is that all of Scotrail's 170s also come up for grabs next year, (less those already moving to Southern in July).

Paul


Title: Re: Oxford train station to get multi-million pound expansion - Oxford Mail 02/02/15
Post by: Network SouthEast on February 03, 2015, 01:21:04 AM
Chiltern have already organised the 9 x 2 car 170s from TPE that will apparently be converted to 168 standard, AIUI they get the first 5 in a few months time.

Rumour is that all of Scotrail's 170s also come up for grabs next year, (less those already moving to Southern in July).

Paul
It's not quite next year. The Scotrail class 170s will be released when the shortened HSTs take over their duties, and electric  Glasgow-Edinburgh services commence. And the HSTs won't be released until the IEPs start services.


Title: Re: Oxford train station to get multi-million pound expansion - Oxford Mail 02/02/15
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on February 03, 2015, 10:40:31 AM
Would this be better added to the existing thread at http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=593.0 (http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=593.0)

A good suggestion, ellendune - I've now moved and merged both discussions here.  CfN.  :)


Title: Re: Oxford train station to get multi-million pound expansion - Oxford Mail 02/02/15
Post by: stuving on February 03, 2015, 03:58:21 PM
In any case, what trains are Chiltern likely to come up with in the next 10 years?

I guess what I really meant was: what train/unit lengths could be put onto the route, if the demand is there?

A few existing platform lengths:
P3: 142 m (TPR) or 106 m (Sectional appendix)
"P4" (Dock) 68m (TPR only)
Parcel Dock (to be removed) 45 m (TPR only).

By the way, are the old parcels vans in the Parcel or East Dock (if they are still there) going to a good home?

Looking at the milestones set out in the CP5 Enhancements Delivery Plan, there is not a lot of time for this work. Noting that:
Quote
As stated above, it is proposed to deliver East West Rail in two phases:
Phase 1, between Bicester and Oxford, will deliver both the infrastructure required for
Chiltern^s Evergreen services to London and the incremental works required for the later
introduction of East West Rail services.
  under East West Rail Phase 1 (Oxford only), we find:

MilestoneDescriptionDateStatus
Oxford GRIP 3 completion   Single option selectionSeptember 2014   Complete
Oxford GRIP 4 completionSingle option scope defined  January 2015Indicator
Oxford GRIP 6 startStart on siteSeptember 2015Indicator
Oxford GRIP 6 completionInfrastructure ready for use  March 2016Regulated Output

The first two have been met. Given the time left, you can understand that the option chosen was close to "do minimum" to run trains. The canopy design and manufacture can presumably be cloned from elsewhere (perhaps Reading).


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: ChrisB on April 16, 2015, 05:25:20 PM
Don't forget that pl 3 will become a new through up platform before either Chiltern or East West can readily reach Cowley/Didcot/Heathrow/Swindon.

There maybe paths to get the odd train off East/West onto Oxford current Up platform, but there aren't sufficient to run a regular timetable, especially in the down direction where they will block all lines north of Oxford to get across to East West.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: stuving on December 10, 2015, 08:33:51 AM
From the BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-35039433):
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Vote launched to help decide revamped Oxford station design
(http://ichef-1.bbci.co.uk/news/660/cpsprodpb/8C97/production/_87119953_a0290cc9-6bc2-4e9c-9591-64a59ac38c8c.jpg)
 Members of the public can vote for which Oxford Station design they would like to see

Designs for a revamp of Oxford station have been unveiled and the public will be able to vote for their favourites.

They show ideas for an estimated ^125m redevelopment of the train station and regeneration of the surrounding area.

Six architects were asked to submit designs as part of a competition backed by the city and county councils.

City council regeneration director David Edwards said an expert judging panel would also have a say before the final design is unveiled.

Members of the public can vote from Friday by visiting Oxford City Council's website.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: ray951 on December 10, 2015, 01:53:36 PM
A picture of the six options can be found here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-35039433 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-35039433)
 


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: ChrisB on December 10, 2015, 04:06:10 PM
Struggling to like any of those, most of which are quite alike (slabby)


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: didcotdean on December 10, 2015, 05:00:02 PM
To match the Said Business School next door, possibly.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: grahame on December 10, 2015, 05:20:20 PM
Struggling to like any of those, most of which are quite alike (slabby)

If you wanted to suggest some alternatives ... could ask for one of these (http://www.holidify.com/blog/best-railway-stations-in-india/)


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: bignosemac on December 10, 2015, 08:49:09 PM
How about another rebuild like Newport, South Wales?


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: AMLAG on December 10, 2015, 09:15:46 PM
Nairn


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Red Squirrel on December 10, 2015, 10:15:53 PM
How about another rebuild like Newport, South Wales?

...or this:

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/12/Pilning_railway_station_MMB_02.jpg/265px-Pilning_railway_station_MMB_02.jpg)


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: stuving on March 02, 2016, 12:06:28 PM
From This is Oxfordshire (http://www.thisisoxfordshire.co.uk/news/14312979.Winning_designs_selected_for_Oxford_Rail_Station_revamp/):
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Winning designs announced for multi-million pound Oxford Rail Station revamp
Naomi Herring, Reporter covering Bicester

THE top three designs of the multi-million pound overhaul planned for Oxford Rail Station have been announced.

The striking designs give an insight into what the city centre rail station could look like in the future and will be used as inspiration for the long-awaited ^75m revamp.

Six designs were put to a panel of judges and following a public consultation Entry F by architects AHR was chosen as the 'people's favourite' with 70 per cent of the vote.

A judging panel - made up of Network Rail, Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council, the Department for Transport and Great Western Railway - separately selected the design along with two others.

Winning designs including entries from architects Wilkinson Eyre (Entry B); Allies & Morrison (Entry C) and AHR (Entry F).

Chairman of the judging panel Fiona Piercy said: "We were delighted with the calibre of architects involved. They all produced excellent ideas making it very hard to choose the three winners.

"The ideas will help us set the benchmark for architectural quality standards and raise ambitions for a new world class gateway station for Oxford building on the completed work at Frideswide Square and linking to new schemes at Oxpens  and the Westgate development."

I can't get any of their pictures to show here, so you can use their page link, or go to the original consultation page (http://consultation.oxford.gov.uk/consult.ti/oxfordstationcomp/consultationHome) which has all six candidates as files to download.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: IndustryInsider on March 02, 2016, 12:26:40 PM
Yes, it will be interesting to see whether 'people power' and their massive vote of 70% for the one design will win through, or whether one of the two other ideas will eventually be taken forward.  I suppose there's also a good chance that money constraints mean that all three of them get binned in preference to a much more modest design!


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: ray951 on March 02, 2016, 02:30:07 PM
Judging by the last comment in that article Oxford station isn't going to look anything like the winning designs as they are just ideas and I quote "The ideas will help us set the benchmark for architectural quality standards and raise ambitions for a new world class gateway station for Oxford".


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: ChrisB on March 02, 2016, 02:32:39 PM
Just like the County Council's idea of a monorail to relieve the Oxford traffic chaos....

They need to identify how much cash can go in this pot....and the County has a BIG problem as they are making swinging cuts. I doubt the City Council can find much either. Until that's solved, it's pie in the sky really, because NR won't stump it up.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: IndustryInsider on April 13, 2016, 02:04:56 PM
The two parcels vans that have been in the east dock at Oxford for well over twenty years are currently being broken up in situ.  Cost of them being preserved was deemed too much apparently.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: 81F on May 16, 2016, 05:55:42 PM
The down platform at Oxford in Realtime Trains today seems to have an identity crisis, being referred to occasionally as 2, occasionally as 4.  Looking ahead, it appears to be consistently platform 4.  I imagine this means that the new platform for Chiltern trains will be known as platform 2?


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: IndustryInsider on May 16, 2016, 06:44:21 PM
The platforms were all renumbered as of today, with 1 becoming 3, 2 becoming 4 and 3 becoming 2.

Written like that it sounds a silly idea, but the new Chiltern platform will become Platform 1 when it opens later this year, and then all platforms will be numbered sequentially 1 through 4.

No doubt it'll take a while for everyone to get used to the new numbers, just like when Platform 4 became Platform 7 at Reading.



Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: ChrisB on May 16, 2016, 07:53:50 PM
If & when the up loop platform opens (& it is on plans I've seen) another renumber will be necessary...and platform 5 will appear first on the down loop


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: IndustryInsider on May 16, 2016, 08:13:01 PM
If & when the up loop platform opens (& it is on plans I've seen) another renumber will be necessary...and platform 5 will appear first on the down loop

I'm not sure it will be - the plans I've seen indicate that the up loop platform is merely an extension of bay Platform 2, what was Platform 3 until today.  And yes to Platform 5 being the down loop.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: ChrisB on May 16, 2016, 09:43:10 PM
Yes, that's possible...but isn't Chiltern meant to be getting 2 bay platforms?...


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: IndustryInsider on May 17, 2016, 05:11:48 AM
I think it was originally, but the likelihood of Chiltern and EW Rail services terminating at Oxford in the longer term looks slim, and so having two north facing bay is enough - the existing one and a new one.  Then if the new platform 2 eventually becomes a through platform then that's still available to them if needed.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: ellendune on June 15, 2017, 11:52:50 PM
Further details of the Oxford Station Masterplan have been published  http://www.oxfordwestend.co.uk/Direct/Loresexhibitiongraphics.pdf (http://www.oxfordwestend.co.uk/Direct/Loresexhibitiongraphics.pdf)


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: paul7755 on June 16, 2017, 12:28:05 PM
Further details of the Oxford Station Masterplan have been published  http://www.oxfordwestend.co.uk/Direct/Loresexhibitiongraphics.pdf (http://www.oxfordwestend.co.uk/Direct/Loresexhibitiongraphics.pdf)

I've seen that before, it's a 2014 pdf.    Quite possible to have changed since then, I'd have thought?

Paul


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: ellendune on June 16, 2017, 01:58:37 PM

I've seen that before, it's a 2014 pdf.    Quite possible to have changed since then, I'd have thought?

Paul

Sorry was trying to be helpful and not put in a link to something behind a paywall.

Try this http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/15341633.RAILWAY_STATION_REVAMP__Oxford_s_full__masterplan__finally_revealed/ (http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/15341633.RAILWAY_STATION_REVAMP__Oxford_s_full__masterplan__finally_revealed/)


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Gordon the Blue Engine on June 17, 2017, 04:43:52 PM
I hope that if any platforms are likely to be occupied by more than 1 train at a time – quite likely I would have thought with terminators coming in from the north and the south – then the platforms will be properly signalled for this with mid platform signals etc.  Unlike Reading. 


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: SandTEngineer on June 17, 2017, 05:30:40 PM
I hope that if any platforms are likely to be occupied by more than 1 train at a time – quite likely I would have thought with terminators coming in from the north and the south – then the platforms will be properly signalled for this with mid platform signals etc.  Unlike Reading.
They won't be. Normal platform sharing arrangements using 'Calling On' aspects on the platform protecting stop signals are being provided.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Gordon the Blue Engine on June 17, 2017, 06:14:57 PM
OK, but Group Standard GK/RT0044 “Guidance on Permissive Working” states:

"2.2.1    Facilities for signalling a passenger train on to an occupied line shall only be provided where all of the following apply:
                a) It is a platform line.
                b) The purpose is for platform sharing and / or joining trains.
                c) There is no reasonably practicable alternative method of working which presents less risk."

Para c) acknowledges that signalling a passenger train on to an occupied line (ie permissive working) carries a risk.  I would have thought that for a new layout with new signalling it would be difficult for NR to claim “there is no reasonably practicable alternative method of working which presents less risk”. 


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: ChrisB on June 17, 2017, 07:17:05 PM
So very poor integrated transport requiring those with mobility problems to have to negotiate their way to Becket Street (no current plans for pick up in front of the new station. Only pedestrians and cyclists get that bonus


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: SandTEngineer on June 17, 2017, 08:16:59 PM
OK, but Group Standard GK/RT0044 “Guidance on Permissive Working” states:

"2.2.1    Facilities for signalling a passenger train on to an occupied line shall only be provided where all of the following apply:
                a) It is a platform line.
                b) The purpose is for platform sharing and / or joining trains.
                c) There is no reasonably practicable alternative method of working which presents less risk."

Para c) acknowledges that signalling a passenger train on to an occupied line (ie permissive working) carries a risk.  I would have thought that for a new layout with new signalling it would be difficult for NR to claim “there is no reasonably practicable alternative method of working which presents less risk”.
I think you have mis-understood that.  It means that permissive working itself should not implemented unless there is no alternative, not that alternative signalling should be arranged to permit it. In truth it is suggesting that there should be additional platforms that are not shared.

I can think of lots of recent schemes that comply with the standard but don't have intermediate platform signals.  Out of interest Bristol Temple Meads will have intermediate platform signals but that is probably due to the length of the platforms which are in effect two operationally separate platforms and will therefore be separated by signals.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Gordon the Blue Engine on June 18, 2017, 10:41:19 AM
We are interpreting this extract differently, others can come to their own conclusions.  The fact is that permissive working carries risks which can be avoided if fixed signals are provided, and providing fixed signals at new build stage is relatively easy. 

NB the Sprinter/HST collision at Plymouth last year, the RAIB Report on which was published in February.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: SandTEngineer on June 18, 2017, 03:02:52 PM
We are interpreting this extract differently, others can come to their own conclusions.  The fact is that permissive working carries risks which can be avoided if fixed signals are provided, and providing fixed signals at new build stage is relatively easy. 

NB the Sprinter/HST collision at Plymouth last year, the RAIB Report on which was published in February.
Fixed mid-platform signals would not have reduced the risk as part of that collision.  The HST was stood well past the platform mid-point so the DMU would have still been signalled into an occupied platform by a 'Calling On' aspect.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Gordon the Blue Engine on June 19, 2017, 08:57:03 AM
The point I was making is that permissive working carries risks which do not exist with fixed signals.  Permissive working is sometimes necessary eg coupling up but my view is that where it can be avoided it should be.  If there had been a mid-platform signal and the first train couldn't fit behind (like the HST at Plymouth), then I contend that a second train should not normally be allowed in permissively from the other end.  If the first train had been a 3 car Sprinter from the London end, it could have sat behind a mid-platform signal and the Sprinter from Cornwall could have been safely let in to the platform under fixed signals.

Fixed signals, especially nowadays with TPWS etc, provide a safeguard against human error: these safeguards do not exist with permissive working, hence the wording in the Group Standard.

I think I've said all I want to say on this topic, S&TE I'm happy if you have the last word.  Off to the seaside for a few days so I'll leave arguments behind.

Sorry about delayed response – BBQ yesterday and I don’t email, post messages etc when I’ve been drinking! 

3rd sentence edited for clarity


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: SandTEngineer on June 19, 2017, 09:57:15 AM
Enjoy your break.  Don't think I have any further points to add to those I have already made ;)


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: Oberon on July 23, 2017, 09:37:40 AM
This link provides the first word from the DfT I have read that Didcot-Oxford wiring is not abandoned but is going ahead. This presumably will be part of the CP6 agenda. And, of course, it will give those nice new EMUs something to do when otherwise they'd be sitting in their depots for most of the day.

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/15426688.Train_track_electrification_will_go_ahead_in_Oxfordshire/?ref=rss


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: stuving on July 23, 2017, 10:35:17 AM
This link provides the first word from the DfT I have read that Didcot-Oxford wiring is not abandoned but is going ahead. This presumably will be part of the CP6 agenda. And, of course, it will give those nice new EMUs something to do when otherwise they'd be sitting in their depots for most of the day.

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/15426688.Train_track_electrification_will_go_ahead_in_Oxfordshire/?ref=rss

How come? What DfT are quoted as saying is only what has been noted on this forum already; that the statement last week about electrification planned for CP6 being dropped didn't mention the work (like Oxford) planned for CP5 and deferred to CP6 at all. The Oxford Mail have concluded from that that the work is definitely going ahead, but that's hardly authoritative.

So DfT's position is still what it was when those deferrals were announced, that they intend the work to be done in CP6. The work content of CP6 is still being negotiated with NR, who will need to make a case for each item to DfT.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: didcotdean on July 23, 2017, 10:36:33 AM
The only commitment here to me is Didcot-Oxford will have its own announcement whatever way that is at whatever time. Running bi-modes on the fasts to Oxford and the 387 on stoppers to Didcot and a diesel stopper shuttle Didcot-Oxford-Banbury could be however be considered to be consistent with the principles expounded within broader cancellation announcement, with the possible exception of the shuttles. East-West is possibly the additional factor in the mix.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: ChrisB on July 23, 2017, 12:01:01 PM
Agree with Stuving - Oxford-Didcot currently is pushed into CP6, whose HLOS is under current negotiation between NR, ORR & DfT. The DfT has noted an October 13 date for the SoFA (Statement of Funds Available) for CP6. NR & ORR then have to agree which projects meet the criteria for inclusion in that spending round.

Personally, I suspect this small add-on will make it into CP6, otherwise the work this weekend probably wouldn't have proceeded as it was needed prior to the wires going up.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: IndustryInsider on July 23, 2017, 12:21:16 PM
Agree with ChrisB and Stuving regarding the position of the DfT and NR.

However, the work taking place at the moment is not connected with electrification directly but is part of the Oxford Corridor Enhancement scheme which provides more capacity between Didcot and Heyford through resignalling and improved track layouts.  It will eventually lead to Oxford PSB closing and control transferring to the Didcot TVSC next year.  After this stage of the work is complete there will be improved line speeds just south of the station as new crossovers are installed and there will be a couple of altered signal locations.

Provision for electrification is part of that work, but is not the reason for it.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: ChrisB on July 23, 2017, 12:28:29 PM
NR tweeted this yesterday - looks as though all track's been lifted

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DFXVOL6WAAAhhqR.jpg)


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: IndustryInsider on July 23, 2017, 12:34:45 PM
Yes, all bar the down relief lifted south of the station yesterday.  Leaving Oxford heading south and the old 25mph crossover will be replaced with a 30mph one located nearer the station which should mean trains can pretty much leave the station on full power.  The 25mph speeds on the loop line (known ask the 'old main' to some) will increase to 60mph and there will also be another 25mph crossing replaced with a 40mph one for trains arriving at Platform 3 from the south.

I expect other enabling work for the future stages will also be completed and will report  back on what's been done.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: ellendune on July 23, 2017, 12:43:02 PM
So is this work all the changes south of the station that are on this plan (http://16cbgt3sbwr8204sf92da3xxc5m-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Oxford-Phase-1.pdf) of Oxford Corridor Phase 1?


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: didcotdean on July 23, 2017, 01:10:43 PM
So who didn't turn up (or forgot) to open Oxford station in time for the Chiltern train this morning ...

Oxford Mail (http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/15428401.Rail_passengers_left_stranded_outside_locked_station_doors_in_staff_blunder/?ref=mrb&lp=1):
Quote
DOZENS of people were left stranded outside of Oxford Railway Station after staff failed to unlock the doors before the first train arrived.
More than 100 people were reportedly left queueing outside the main entrance after the error this morning.
They could only watch in despair as the first Chiltern service to London passed by the station oblivious to the hordes of passengers stuck behind the locked door.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: ChrisB on July 23, 2017, 01:44:39 PM
Hah! Several of us boarded that train at Bicester Village, all forecasting that no seats were likely - at it turned out, there were very few on the train & we were left with quizzical faces.....this explains it :-)


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: IndustryInsider on July 23, 2017, 04:11:34 PM
So is this work all the changes south of the station that are on this plan (http://16cbgt3sbwr8204sf92da3xxc5m-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Oxford-Phase-1.pdf) of Oxford Corridor Phase 1?

Yes, the majority of those works are being done.  The West Midlands Sidings were removed a month or so ago.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: IndustryInsider on July 27, 2017, 03:18:18 PM
Here's a few snaps at the work taking place at Oxford during the possession this week:

First, what Oxford station did look like:
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4298/35395140683_4ceaf542a9_c.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4327/35363896214_6d189250b3_c.jpg)

During the works:
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4306/36065834191_c7b200faff_c.jpg)

And with works nearly completed:
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4322/36065827941_2355f33428_c.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4299/36158456276_1d01c062a8_c.jpg)

You can see the West Midland Sidings on the right have been removed (done in the run up the the possession).  A 30mph crossover has been installed nearer to the end of the platforms for services departing Platform 3 to replace the 25mph one just south of the station.  Another crossover has been removed leading from the Up Main to the Up and Down Loop line.  The crossover leading from the Down Main to Platform 4 has been renewed slightly closer to the station (and should become a 30mph crossover at a later stage of the works).  Finally, a new 30 mph crossover has been installed which (at a later stage) will allow passenger movements from Platform 4 heading south.  Any works for the planned line into a new Platform 5 have not taken place at this stage.


Moving slightly further south to North Hinksey:

Here's what it did look like:
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4323/35395142123_71fe75b076_c.jpg)

And with works nearly complete:
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4303/36199613025_386cbdbf75_c.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4300/36032756832_a3a619a646_b.jpg)

In these images you can see the existing 25mph crossover between the main and relief lines has been replaced with a 40mph one, and the existing 25mph crossover leading to from the Up & Down Loop Line has been replaced with a 75mph crossover (restricted to 60mph until a later stage of the works).  In the final image, you can see the four signals that have been repositioned.  Eventually, when control passes to Didcot TVSC and Oxford PSB closes, these signals will be renumbered and more routes added and speeds raised further.


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: SandTEngineer on July 31, 2017, 04:27:09 PM
Looks like it was all commissioned on time this morning (31/07/2017).


Title: Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic)
Post by: IndustryInsider on July 31, 2017, 08:42:01 PM
Yes, though to be honest they had a very long time to do what was not exactly an enormous amount of work.