Making West Oxfordshire's Railways Fit for the Future

People across West Oxfordshire rely on our railways to get to work and to visit family and friends.  With heavy congestion on our main roads, it is essential that we have railways that are fit for the future and a transport system that keeps us moving.

The franchise is due for renewal in the next few years and this is a great opportunity for us to look at what improvements can be made in the way West Oxfordshire's railways run, and what changes can be made to ensure that we can all get to where we need to be.  I have responded to this consultation in full, which you can read below.

With eight stations in West Oxfordshire, we have the potential for trains to become a key part of an integrated local transport network - linking with our roads, buses and active travel infrastructure. 

Last year, I led a debate in Parliament on Upgrades to the Cotswold Line, during which I outlined the case for various upgrades to our railways in West Oxfordshire - you can watch this in full here. I also held a public meeting in Charlbury to discuss your priorities for the future of West Oxfordshire's railways.

I am pleased to say that we have achieved many of these upgrades in recent months, with top-of-the-range new trains, platform extensions, station parking improvements, and a new station building at Hanborough, making it a staffed station for the first time in over 50 years. 

These significant upgrades now achieved, I am intensifying my campaign to deliver further re-doubling of the Cotswold Line, which is crucial in enabling more frequent and reliable trains on the line. 

I hope to keep you all updated with what I am doing on this key issue below - to ensure Oxfordshire's transport network works effectively for us all.


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Robert Reacts to Budget 2020

Today's Budget delivers on our promises to the British people - to support families and help them with the cost of living, to level-up infrastructure, and to invest in Britain's future.

Here's my top 10 announcements from the Budget:

Oxford Mail - West Oxfordshire Set For £200m Rail Upgrade

UP TO £200m could be spent to improve the Cotswold line railway, by running extra trains between Oxford and Worcester.

The North Cotswold line currently runs from Oxford to Hereford and crosses many constituencies, one of which is Witney.

Robert Continues Campaign for Further Cotswold Line Upgrades

Robert said: "During the first Business Questions of 2020 I took the opportunity to call for a debate on the Government's ambition to increase investment in rail infrastructure - ensuring that West Oxfordshire passengers benefit through upgrades to the Cotswold Line.

Robert Questions Transport Secretary on Cotswold Line Progress

Robert has helped to deliver significant improvements to local rail services in West Oxfordshire in recent years, with additional car parking provision, platform extensions, upgraded facilities, world-class new trains - and a staff presence at Hanborough Station for the first time in over 50 year

Robert Lobbies New Transport Secretary on A40 Congestion

Robert said: "Earlier this week I met with the new Secretary of State for Transport and the Roads Minister to lobby for their support in tackling congestion on the A40, with a particular eye on the County Council's bid to the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF).

Robert Welcomes Improvements to Local Rail Services

Robert said: "We've seen significant improvements to local rail services in recent years, with additional car parking provision, platform extensions, upgraded facilities, world-class new trains - and a staff presence at Hanborough Station for the first time in over 50 years.

Robert Opens New Station Building at Hanborough

Passengers travelling from Hanborough will have a fresh start to their journeys as a brand new station building provides a waiting room, customer toilets, and a staff presence for the first time in 53 years.

Robert Leads Debate on Active Travel

Robert said: "Delivering integrated transport networks is a key priority of mine, particularly local projects like the B4044 community path and Hanborough Pedestrian Bridge.