County's deputy leader at East-West rail meeting

OXON: A councillor will be in Parliament on Wednesday to call for a new railway to link Oxford to the east of the country.

David Robertson, deputy leader of Oxfordshire County Council, will attend the first meeting of the All Party Group for East West Rail in Westminster, where business leaders will be briefed on the plans.

The project would connect Reading, Oxford and Aylesbury with Milton Keynes and Bedford.

The Conservative-run council is working with the region’s MPs to push for the plan to be included in the Government’s 2014-19 railway investment programme.

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12:37pm Mon 21 Nov 11

Andrew:Oxford says...

The E-W rail link will be great for Oxford.

It'll allow direct access to the West Coast Mainline without having to visit Birmingham.

Perhaps ease accommodation issues too. Aylesbury, Bletchley & MK are far cheaper places to live - all the better if they are only 30 minutes away by a fast rail service.

Best sort out the bats issue though.
The E-W rail link will be great for Oxford. It'll allow direct access to the West Coast Mainline without having to visit Birmingham. Perhaps ease accommodation issues too. Aylesbury, Bletchley & MK are far cheaper places to live - all the better if they are only 30 minutes away by a fast rail service. Best sort out the bats issue though. Andrew:Oxford
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1:39pm Mon 21 Nov 11

Nick Mawer says...

A far better way to spend tax payers money than the white elephant that is HS2
A far better way to spend tax payers money than the white elephant that is HS2 Nick Mawer
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4:41pm Mon 21 Nov 11

Lord Peter Mcvey, OX2 6EG says...

Why would anybody from Oxford want to go to Aylesbury, M.K. or Bedford? **** godforsaken places. What we really need is a high speed 30 minute link into London.
Why would anybody from Oxford want to go to Aylesbury, M.K. or Bedford? **** godforsaken places. What we really need is a high speed 30 minute link into London. Lord Peter Mcvey, OX2 6EG
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4:42pm Mon 21 Nov 11

Lord Peter Mcvey, OX2 6EG says...

Why is {****} given the **** treatment.
Why is {****} given the **** treatment. Lord Peter Mcvey, OX2 6EG
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4:43pm Mon 21 Nov 11

Lord Peter Mcvey, OX2 6EG says...

D@mn. It is in the bible for gods sake
D@mn. It is in the bible for gods sake Lord Peter Mcvey, OX2 6EG
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7:11pm Mon 21 Nov 11

Andrew:Oxford says...

Lord Peter Mcvey, OX2 6EG wrote:
Why would anybody from Oxford want to go to Aylesbury, M.K. or Bedford? **** godforsaken places. What we really need is a high speed 30 minute link into London.
Well, MK is handy as you can grab a fast Virgin to the Lake District or Scotland from there and avoid Birmingham New Street.

Aylesbury? Well, you'd be able to buy a 4 bedroom house for the same as a 2 bedroom in Headington - and probably get into central Oxford quicker by train than by bus.

Bedford? Well, got to agree with you there. Dâmned godforsaken place.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Peter Mcvey, OX2 6EG[/bold] wrote: Why would anybody from Oxford want to go to Aylesbury, M.K. or Bedford? **** godforsaken places. What we really need is a high speed 30 minute link into London.[/p][/quote]Well, MK is handy as you can grab a fast Virgin to the Lake District or Scotland from there and avoid Birmingham New Street. Aylesbury? Well, you'd be able to buy a 4 bedroom house for the same as a 2 bedroom in Headington - and probably get into central Oxford quicker by train than by bus. Bedford? Well, got to agree with you there. Dâmned godforsaken place. Andrew:Oxford
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8:16am Tue 22 Nov 11

Englishman says...

Hold on a minute. I am sure there are a few bats or newts somewhere along the route that will cost a fortune and scupper any plans.
Hold on a minute. I am sure there are a few bats or newts somewhere along the route that will cost a fortune and scupper any plans. Englishman
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9:57am Tue 22 Nov 11

Paul Wesson says...

Is this the same council which wouldn't support a rail link between Oxford and Carterton via Eynsham and Witney? Great. Commuter trains linking the west of Oxfordshire to London- Reading and Oxford aren't allowed, but links to the east are.
Is this the same council which wouldn't support a rail link between Oxford and Carterton via Eynsham and Witney? Great. Commuter trains linking the west of Oxfordshire to London- Reading and Oxford aren't allowed, but links to the east are. Paul Wesson
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4:00pm Tue 22 Nov 11

Porphyro says...

Unfortunately the trackbed between Witney and Oxford has been fractured to the extent that reinstatement would be impossibly expensive whereas the Oxford-MK (and beyond) link is feasible because the track already exists apart from a few miles that could be easily reinstated.

As for a 30-minute journey time between Oxford and Paddington, 50 minutes is already achievable with exisiting infrastructure and rolling stock. Electrification will reduce that further without the huge additional cost of re-engineering for 30 minute journey times.
Unfortunately the trackbed between Witney and Oxford has been fractured to the extent that reinstatement would be impossibly expensive whereas the Oxford-MK (and beyond) link is feasible because the track already exists apart from a few miles that could be easily reinstated. As for a 30-minute journey time between Oxford and Paddington, 50 minutes is already achievable with exisiting infrastructure and rolling stock. Electrification will reduce that further without the huge additional cost of re-engineering for 30 minute journey times. Porphyro
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