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Thames Valley Branch

Area

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

FOR THE LATEST EAST WEST RAIL UPDATE - see the most recent Branch Newsletter below.
More info: EWR Western section, Phase 2 TWAO and EWR general.

Newsletters

For the latest Thames Valley branch newsletter, no.98 for September 2020, click view or download.
See all branch newsletters since February 2013 here.

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, 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 appears in our March 2020 branch newsletter no.97.

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 for passenger services and the Oxford station masterplan.

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

High Priority Projects
  • Rolling electrification programme.
  • Oxford - Didcot corridor capacity enhancement, and electrification.
  • Oxford station extra capacity.
  • Cowley freight-only branch line reopening to passenger services, with new stations (initial phase of Oxford Metro?)
  • Hanborough station - more services and station/car park improvements.
  • Oxford - Witney - Eynsham (new Star Cross garden village) - Carterton corridor (later phase of Oxford Metro?)
  • North Cotswold Line transformation, per December 2019 report commissioned by North Cotswold Line Task Force.
  • Oxford - Stratford-upon-Avon via Honeybourne and Long Marston.
  • Western rail access to Heathrow from Slough and Reading.
  • Enhanced connectivity Oxford - Reading – Gatwick.
  • Quadrupling Didcot - Swindon, reintroduction of passenger services on Oxford - Bristol axis.
  • Grove/Wantage station reopening.
  • High Wycombe -Bourne End - Maidenhead - Heathrow re-opening, and 2tph on Marlow branch.
  • New station at Aylesbury South for new Garden Town proposal, also serving Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
  • Safeguarding future potential freight terminal sites.
  • Additional Chiltern route to new Old Oak Common terminus, per Network Rail's West Midlands & Chilterns Route Study including Technical Appendix 4, August 2017.
Projects under way
  • Crossrail west of London through city centre.
  • Improvements to quality of Cross Country Trains services in next operating contract.
  • High-speed 2 (HS2).
Longer Term Projects
  • Windsor Link Railway - connecting Windsor's two branch lines by a short tunnel section.

What's on

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 viewed, or downloaded in PDF format, here.

Contact

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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