Past Events

 “All change please – unblocking the A40”

This was a brief early evening seminar debating the challenge of connecting Witney and surrounding areas with Oxford and the rest of the County, fostering sustainable transport, developing new ideas and providing a fairer access to jobs and services.  The event was held on Thursday 10 November 2016 – 6pm – 8pm. Oxford Town Hall, Old Library.

Chaired by The Mayor of Witney and with speakers Stephen Joseph OBE, CEO, Campaign for Better Transport; Roger Blake, Director, Railfuture; Raymond Hall, International Urban Planner and Design Consultant


Please find attached presentations from Raymond Hall and Stephen Joseph.  Roger Blake did not provide a power point presentation.

cotswold-vision-b witney-nov-16-1 (Raymond Hall)

witney-nov-16-1 (Stephen Joseph)

Eynsham to South Leigh Circular Walk

Saturday 29 October 2016, 10 am

Main organiser RailFuture (Chilterns)

Meet at Wharf Road, Eynsham, OX29 4BP at 10am (by Siemens for free parking and just passed the Swinford Toll Bridge- 5p each way for cars). Rail travellers alight at Oxford, cross road to Frideswide Square (Stop F2) and take Stagecoach S1 bus to Eynsham. OS Explorer Map 180. Our walk traces the path of the old Oxford- Witney- Fairford line passed Eynsham and South Leigh stations (both now redeveloped). Many of the embankments have been removed and returned to farmland. We will be using footpaths that run parallel to the old track bed and there is still some evidence of the track bed in places. From South Leigh we return to Eynsham using public footpaths. Lunch at the Talbot Inn.

After lunch there will be a car shuffle with opportunities to visit additional track bed, stations sites and bridges on the line including the “Ballaso” bridge (time permitting). Car drivers being willing participants can be dropped back at the walk start for onward connections or in Oxford.

This is a joint walk with the Witney- Oxford Transport Group. Walk leader: Daniel Cluff:, 01235 538866, 0771 235 2011. Pre booking required for lunch orders. Maximum number 25. Please advise if travelling by train or car and if you are willing to be part of the shuffle.

The BIG Rail Walk

Saturday, 14 June 2014, 10:30 – South Leigh, Oxfordshire


A huge thanks to those who attended this event.  It was great fun, enjoyed by all, the very young, young and slightly less so.  Thanks in particular to Stuart’s machete skills…   If you would like to see some photographs of the event please access either our Facebook  or Google+ pages.  If you attended the walk and have taken some pictures of the group please share them with us! There was a photographer from the Oxford Mail too at the start of the walk, so we may have a short or two published as well.

We are walking a small section of the disused railway line between Oxford and Witney and we are inviting anyone who is interested in our project to join us.  The walk is approximately a mile each way, but some of the sections are overgrown so you will need to wear sensible clothing and of course, it may rain too!

The walk is on private land so admission rights are reserved.

You can see the exact route by following this link – do join us and discover a little of our heritage as well as contributing to our cause.

Please note that event registration through Eventbrite is now closed, but you are still welcome to turn up on the morning, however, if you turn up unreserved you will not be able to receive the ‘survival pack’, just bring your own snack and some water!

When you sign up for this event you understand that you are participating at your own risk, accepting all responsibilities and agreeing not to bring any claims against either the organisers of this activity or the officers involved in it.  This applies if you are signing on behalf of another person too.

For exact details of the walk location please see image below:

Directions to big walk
Directions to big walk


WOT Launch – 15 January Witney

The event opened with a presentation which is available to download from this page.  It was then followed by a lively Q&A session.  Many points were highly constructive and have been summarised as follows :

1. We must not overlook active transport (walking and cycling) –  for example, pushing for improvements to existing cycleways and perhaps add more (e.g. alongside busway or tram-train tracks). Inclusion of cycle storage provision at “stations” and on vehicles should be made part even of the initial brief.

2. We shall continue to monitor areas where multimodal transport systems have been launched and in particular Cambridge and Luton.

3. We must not forget that some people need to get beyond the centre of Oxford – links to Cowley, hospitals, Oxford Brookes. Mode/vehicle changing en route is not the simple answer.

4. Duplicating the route into Oxford is crucial – reduces risk of disruption (e.g. flooding, accidents) and creates spare capacity on A40 for those who have no alternative to the car (don’t forget the latter group).

5. We need short term (3-5 years) fixes as well as longer term major investment (e.g. better bus links and more frequent trains to Hanborough station, bus lane on A40 into Wolvercote roundabout, attention to Eynsham traffic lights (some disagreement on this last point!)).

6. Promote a link to Oxford Parkway station from Witney from next year encouraging bus companies to consider.

7. Consider that the cost of a study is likely to be nearer £50K

8. Work closely with residents through Parishes etc.

9. Consider economic and environmental benefits at all times.