Monthly Archives: May 2015

Oxford extension work could be delayed

Work to bring Chiltern Railway services into Oxford railway station could be delayed following changes to the project. The work was given permission in 2012 but cannot proceed until Oxford City Council discharges condition 19 over the impact of noise and vibration to nearby homes. Network Rail has moved the location of a set of points away from the property but there have been delays getting this change implemented.

Local residents have expressed concern about the report submitted by the Independent Noise Assessor and the council/local residents have asked for lower line speeds/noise fencing to mitigate noise. In addition, traffic volumes are expected to substantially increase with the introduction of East-West Rail.

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Oxford City Council Page

This will not impact the delivery of the route to Oxford Parkway, which will open on 26th October.


Todmorden Curve opens

A key new section of railway in the north west of England has reopened providing a direct link between Manchester and Burnley for the first time in over 40 years.

The 300m-long Todmorden Curve was used by the first Northern Rail trains on Sunday 17 May following a £10 million investment from Burnley Borough Council, Network Rail and Lancashire County Council.

The first service to use the curve was Northern Rail’s 0818 from Blackburn. To celebrate the first commuter service on Monday 18 May, there was a community celebration at Burnley Manchester Road and Accrington stations to mark the historic day and the latest chapter in rail travel in the north west. Passengers were welcomed with tea, coffee and muffins.

Source: Network Rail