COTSWOLD LINE VICTORY
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COTSWOLD LINE VICTORY

Peter Luff who has today welcomed an announcement by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) that they intend to allow Network Rail to redouble a large part of the Cotswold Line.

Train services should soon be both more reliable and more frequent for Worcestershire's residents. That's the message from Mid Worcestershire MP Peter Luff who has today welcomed an announcement by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) that they intend to allow Network Rail to redouble a large part of the Cotswold Line between Oxford and Worcester.

The announcement comes in the publication today of a long-awaited assessment of the rail network by the ORR, and gives the green light for Network Rail to begin the redoubling work. It confirms the earlier provisional view of the regulator.

Commenting Peter said:

"This is a major step in a campaign I have waged with local people for nearly twenty years. But it is only a step - I will not rest until the full redoubling occurs - that means the sections between Charlbury and Oxford and between Evesham and Worcester.

"But that is the next battle - today we can celebrate the prospect of a much more reliable and, I hope, more frequent service between the county and Oxford and London. A 31 mile double track between Evesham and Charlbury will make a huge difference to our train services.

"Next comes the tricky decision as to how to do the work. There are several options including a lengthy series of weekend closures with the risk of Monday overruns or a complete closure for a much more limited period with replacement bus services. I look forward to working with Network Rail to getting this work done as quickly as possible and in a way which causes the least possible disruption to passengers."

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