Thames Valley Branch


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.

Next event
On Bank Holiday Monday 2 May 2022 Witney Oxford Transport Group with Railfuture Thames Valley regional branch will have a Windrush Line campaign stall at the Carterton May Day Fair. Venue: Carterton Recreation Ground, OX18 3JH. 10.00-16.00. More info: Fair.

Recent branch event
Thames Valley branch had a stall at Oxford Green Fair on Saturday 4 December 2021. Venue: Oxford Town Hall, St. Aldate's, Oxford OX1 1BX. 10.30-16.30.

Previous branch meeting
Thames Valley branch annual meeting was on Saturday 4 September 2021 at West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Road, Oxford OX2 0BT. Speakers were John Ellis, Chair of Cotswold Line Promotion Group, and John Morgan, leading on the Restoring Your Railway project for Stratford-Honeybourne via Long Marston.


For the latest Thames Valley branch newsletter, no.99 for August 2021, including latest news on East West Rail, 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

Other previous 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 on Twitter

You can follow local news within the Thames Valley Branch at @RailfutureTV. In addition, the national Twitter feed is @Railfuture, plus the three national policy groups @RailfutureNetws @RailfuturePsngr and @RailfutureFret

Current campaigns

High Priority Projects
  • Oxford station extra capacity - see Oxford corridor phase 2.
  • Oxford - Didcot corridor capacity enhancement, and electrification - see Oxfordshire Rail Corridor.
  • Cowley freight-only branch line reopening to passenger services, with new stations (initial phase of Oxford Metro?)
  • North Cotswold Line transformation, per December 2019 report commissioned by North Cotswold Line Task Force.
  • Hanborough station - more services and station/car park improvements.
  • Oxford - Witney - Eynsham (new Salt Cross garden village) - Carterton corridor (later phase of Oxford Metro?)
  • Oxford - Stratford-upon-Avon via Honeybourne and Long Marston (winning bid to DfT's Restoring Your Railway Ideas Fund round 2).
  • Quadrupling Didcot - Swindon, reintroduction of passenger services on Oxford - Bristol axis.
  • Grove station (re-opening former Wantage Road station).
  • High Wycombe - Bourne End - Maidenhead - Heathrow re-opening, and 2tph on Marlow branch.
  • Enhanced connectivity Oxford - Reading – Gatwick.
  • 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 (Reading / Heathrow Airport) through capital's city centre.
  • Improvements to quality of CrossCountry Trains services.
  • High-Speed 2 (HS2).
Longer Term Projects
  • Windsor Link Railway - connecting Windsor's two branch lines by a short tunnel section.
  • Heathrow western rail access, between Reading and Heathrow Airport via Slough.

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 (RUGs). The list can be viewed, or downloaded in PDF format, here.

Thames Valley Rail Campaign Groups

Rail development campaign groups in the Thames Valley are shown in Railfuture's national list of Rail Reopening Campaigns (ROCs). The list can be viewed, or downloaded in PDF format, here.
~ Witney Oxford Transport Group (WOT) is leading a campaign for a new rail route in the A40 corridor west of Oxford to Carterton (for RAF Brize Norton) via Eynsham / Salt Cross garden village and Witney. See Dare to Imagine and Daring to Imagine - WOT Rail 2020.


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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