This project is situated in an evolving transport context. Some of the key projects include:
1. Plans to expand Oxford Station – this is a critical step as Oxford station lacks capacity, both in terms of platform capacity as well as track capacity at the squeeze point of the Botley Road bridge. Much work has been done to remedy these issues and other, larger and more advanced projects such as East-West Rail to Cambridge are reliant on this occurring. Funding has not yet been announced for this. However, given that the East West Rail Line is currently being built it is highly likely that funding will be found for this in the fairly near term.
2. Plans to dual the Cotswold Line between Wolvercot (sic) Junction and Hanborough – this is largely driven by the need to have more capacity on this section of line in order to increase train frequencies from Oxford to Worcester and Hereford, including 4 trains per hour between Oxford and Hanborough. If the Witney line joins the main line just south of the A40 then this work is an entirely separate and independent project. However, if the junction is near Yarnton then the Witney line is dependent on this works project.
WOT Group is a strong supporter of the above projects.