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 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.

Robert Welcomes 'Great News' for West Oxfordshire Rail Users

Robert said: "Great news for West Oxfordshire rail users: following much lobbying and campaigning, Great Western Railway (GWR) have now reached an agreement with the Department for Transport to introduce Delay Repay 15 (DR15) compensation (delays that are 15 mins late or more) on GWR services fro

Robert Welcomes Improvements at Hanborough Station

Work to extend platforms at stations along the Cotswold Line has been progressing in recent weeks.  Most platforms on the Cotswold Line will be lengthened to accommodate seven of the 26-metre-long coaches.

Robert's 2018 Highlights in 60 Seconds

2018 was a very busy year indeed with much to celebrate both locally and nationally. Here are just some of my highlights from last year - in 60 seconds!

Robert Courts MP