Thames Valley Branch


Berkshire (the six unitary authorities of Bracknell Forest, Reading, Slough, West Berkshire, Windsor & Maidenhead, and Wokingham), Buckinghamshire (incl Milton Keynes) and Oxfordshire.

FOR THE LATEST EAST WEST RAIL UPDATE - see the most recent Branch Newsletter below.
More info: EWR TWAO and EWR general.

WANTED – Media help!
We are campaigning for more and better train services across the Thames Valley area but need to raise our media profile to get our messages across more effectively. Can you help?
We are looking for someone who can assist with any or all of the following, depending on your own wishes, skills and experience:-
- Develop and maintain contacts in key local media across the region
- Write eye catching press releases
- Be our Social Media presence
- Be our first contact point for media enquiries and be willing to give interviews

Knowledge of and interest in transport and related issues in the region would be very helpful but full support can be given.
We are all volunteers; how much time you give is up to you.
This would suit someone who has worked in PR/journalism/marketing etc who is about to or has recently retired.
It could also suit a student or recent graduate in a relevant discipline who is looking to gain experience in a voluntary campaigning group.
Interested? To find out more email thamesvalley at railfuture.org.uk

Next Branch Meeting
To be announced in due course.

Recent Meetings
Tuesday 5th November 2019, 7.30pm, Chipping Norton Town Hall, Market Place, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 5NA
"Cotswold Line Task Force"A talk by Ian Baxter, a rail consultant and former Chairman of the Cotswold Line Promotion Group. A summary will appear in our next branch newsletter.

Railfuture - Thames Valley Branch Annual General Meeting 2019 was held on Tuesday 23rd April 2019 at Oxford Town Hall.

After the formal business of the meeting we had a talk by Councillor Alex Hollingsworth, Oxford City Council’s Board Member for Planning and Transport.
The Board is responsible for planning for the future to secure more housing and better transport for Oxford and working with road and rail partners on infrastructure delivery. Cllr Hollingsworth spoke to us on issues such as future growth in the city and the Council’s aspirations for planning and transport, the Cowley branch line reopening and the Oxford station masterplan.

Railfuture - Thames Valley Branch Annual General Meeting 2018

Saturday 21st April 2018 at 10.30am at the West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0BT.

After the formal business of the meeting our member, Dr Robin Rees gave a talk:- Temporary Diversions
Though a train enthusiast from an early age, Robin never anticipated working for the railways. Yet, at various stages of his career, opportunities arose for him to do so in a wide range of roles. He reflects on what he did — and on what he discovered.
We enjoyed seeing many of you there. Visitors were also welcome.

Monday 19 February 2018, 6.30pm at the Jericho Community Centre, 33a Canal Street, Oxford, OX2 6BQ.
A presentation by Rob Mashford of Network Rail about the ongoing works and their scheme for the Oxford corridor as a whole.

Thursday 23rd November 2017, at the New Hope Centre, 95 York Road, Reading, RG1 8DU.
Our guest speaker was Tom Pierpoint, Regional Development Manager, Great Western Railway. He talked to us about GWR’s plans and developments in particular for services across the Thames Valley and Cotswold line areas including the introduction of the IET and 387 fleets. This was a good opportunity for members to have their say and contribute to what was a lively and informed discussion.

We held our 2017 Annual General Meeting on Saturday 22nd April 2017 at the Hub, Easton Street, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 1NJ.
Our guest speaker was Stephen Barker, Strategic Development Engineer, Chiltern Railways, who gave us a presentation reviewing the reopening and start of services between Oxford and London Marylebone and also Chiltern's future plans, covering the remaining years of the franchise, as well as the proposal to extend some services to link with Crossrail at Old Oak Common.
The Hub is a very short walk from High Wycombe station and we held our AGM there for the first time following the start of through trains from Oxford.

Wednesday 16th November, at the Jericho Community Centre, 33a Canal Street, Oxford, OX2 6BQ.
A presentation from Network Rail about schemes and future plans for the Oxford corridor as a whole.

Tuesday 20th September 2016 at The Chamber, Bicester Town Council, The Garth, Launton Road, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX26 6PS.
Our guest speaker was Martin Tugwell, Director, who spoke on the activity and ambitions of the new Heartland Strategic Alliance Strategic Transport Forum.

Our 2016 Annual General Meeting was held at Oxford, on Saturday 16 April 2016 at the West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0BT.
Guest speaker was Chris Austin, co-author with Richard Faulkner of 'Disconnected: broken links in Britain's Rail Policy'.


click on No. to view, date to download:
No.96 - September 2019
No.95 - February 2019
No.94 - August 2018
No.93 - January 2018
No.92 - August 2017
No.91 - December 2016
No.90 - July 2016
No.89 - February 2016
No.88 - October 2015
No.87 - July 2015
No.86 - February 2015
No.85 - October 2014
No.84 - July 2014
No.83 - March 2014
No.82 - July 2013
No.81 - February 2013

Thames Valley on Twitter

In addition to the national Twitter feed @Railfuture, you can follow local news within the Thames Valley Branch at @RailfutureTV

Current campaigns

  • East-West Rail Route: Felixstowe-Ipswich-Cambridge-Bedford-Milton Keynes-Oxford
    • Find out more and register your support with Railfuture by clicking Ox-Cam
High Priority Projects
  • Chiltern’s Evergreen 3 and East-West Rail (Oxford – Marylebone and Oxford/Aylesbury – Milton Keynes.) Marylebone - Oxford Parkway (Water Eaton) opened October 2015 and Marylebone - Oxford in December 2016.
  • Oxford - Didcot corridor enhancement.
  • High Wycombe – Bourne End - Maidenhead - Heathrow re-opening and 2tph on Marlow branch.
  • Cowley branch line reopening to passengers.
  • Hanborough Station - more services and station/car park improvements.
  • Extra capacity and rebuilding/improving Oxford station (in addition to Chiltern's new platforms at the north end).
  • Western rail access to Heathrow from Slough and Reading.
  • Enhanced connectivity Oxford - Reading – Gatwick.
  • Safeguarding future potential freight terminal sites.
  • Oxford - Witney/Carterton corridor.
  • Grove/Wantage station reopening
  • New station at Aylesbury South for the new Garden Town proposal, also serving Stoke Mandeville Hospital (on the Amersham Line).
  • Quadrupling Didcot - Swindon & reintroduction of trains on the Oxford - Bristol axis.
Projects under way
  • Intercity Express Project.
  • Great Western main line electrification.
  • Crossrail west of London.
  • Improvements to the quality of Cross Country Trains services in next franchise.
  • High-speed 2 (HS2)including additional Chiltern route to Old Oak Common.
Longer Term Projects
  • Windsor Link Railway - connecting Windsor's two stations by a short tunnel section.
  • Oxford - Stratford (tourist link) via Honeybourne and Long Marston.
  • Rolling electrification programme.


  • events and key dates for rail campaigners

Thames Valley Rail User Groups

Rail user groups in the Thames Valley are shown on Railfuture's Regional List of Rail User Groups. The Regional List can be downloaded in PDF format here.


Email thamesvalley at railfuture.org.uk if you have any specific questions or comments about campaigns in the Thames Valley area.

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