Railways: Oxfordshire

Department for Transport written question – answered on 17th January 2017.

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Photo of Andrew Smith Andrew Smith Labour, Oxford East

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will commission a study into the viability of a rail link between Oxford and Witney.

Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

A study into the options for re-opening the rail route from Witney to Yarnton to connect with the Oxford to Worcester has already been carried out by Oxfordshire County Council to inform its “Investing in the A40 - Long Term Strategy Consultation Report” published in May 2016.

We believe that local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are best placed to carry out further studies and consider whether a rail re-opening is the best way to meet local transport needs.

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