OXFORD STATION (10)
Oxford Station is an important gateway to Oxford and the West End, however it is in need of significant upgrading, both in terms of operational performance and passenger provision. Plans to redevelop the station have intensified in the past few years as it has become evident that its long-term needs will soon outstrip its capacity.
The Government announced in summer 2012 its intention to provide further investment in the national rail network. In particular it proposed an electric spine from the South Coast to the Midlands and beyond. Included in this proposal is significant investment at Oxford Station to increase track and platform capacity.
Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council have since formed a partnership with Network Rail to prepare a masterplan which will outline the long-term vision for the station taking into account all rail proposals, such as electrification, the East-West rail link, and the creation of the Evergreen 3 link from Oxford to London Marylebone via Bicester. The intention of the partners is to ensure that a new multi-modal interchange station is developed that is of a quality and experience that befits this important gateway to Oxford.
With so many organisations preparing to invest in Oxford Station it is imperative that this is done in a coordinated way. The masterplan will ensure each of the proposals complement one another and contribute towards a functional station that the city can be proud of. The masterplan will also consider the role of the station in the wider regeneration of the West End, particularly with regard to Frideswide Square, Oxpens, Westgate and the western approach to the city centre, helping to deliver these broader aspirations cost-effectively and with minimum disruption to rail users and residents.
In April 2013 leading international design consultancy, Aedas, was appointed to develop a number of options for the proposed redevelopment of Oxford Station. Aedas will also 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. Additionally they will consider how these options could link in with the proposed improvements to Frideswide Square. Aedas is expected to unveil a number of proposed options for the station in late 2013 which will then be evaluated by Network Rail, Oxfordshire County Council, Oxford City Council and First Great Western to decide which elements are most suitable for futher development.
A major consultation event was held at the station in 2010 to give the public an opportunity to comment on these plans and feed into the design process. For information on this and other public consultation opportunities around the Railway Station and Frideswide Square, please see our Public Consultation Diary.
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