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Rail Improvements Planned for England

January 15, 2010 By: Jena Tesse Fox

Network Rail is funding a $407 million project to create a new main line from London to Oxfordshire and to deliver much faster services on the Chiltern route to Banbury and Birmingham

The Chiltern Railways’ project will see journey times of 92 minutes from its London Marylebone base to Birmingham Snow Hill, slashing the present travel time by 25 minutes. Banbury will be 50 minutes away (presently 67 minutes). Average journey times are expected to fall by 20 percent.

A new line will be built to Oxford; the first new rail link from London to a major British city since 1910. Designed explicitly to take cars off the road, the centrepiece of the Oxford link will be Water Eaton Parkway in North Oxford; a high quality integrated transport hub linked to the A34, A40 and Oxford city centre.

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