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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GWR introduces mobile ticketing on their services

Mobile train ticketing is certainly a welcome step and is something Robert called for in his response to the Great Western Railway franchise consultation in February.

Mobile ticketing is fantastic for many reasons:

Robert Courts hosting his 'Ask the GWR' event

Robert hosted a public meeting in Charlbury with Great Western Railway and Network Rail so that residents can raise their concerns and feed into the consultation on the future of the GWR franchise.

Robert Courts attends Oxford Rail Summit

Robert said, "I greatly enjoyed the Oxford Rail Summit in Westminster with Great Western Railway, Network Rail and Chiltern Railway.  I thank Lord Faulkner for hosting and for the leader of the County Council, Ian Hudspeth, and MP for Wantage, Ed Vaziey for attending.

Robert meets with Network Rail to discuss Tackley Rail Crossing

Robert Courts MP met with Network Rail representatives today to discuss the ongoing safety issues at the Tackley rail crossing.

Robert made clear his continued concerns over the crossing, and emphasised the need for action to be taken.

Tackley's new railway shelter

I was honoured to open Tackley's new railway shelter today with GWR - a real asset for the local community.