Cotswold Line Redoubling "Big Step Closer"
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Trains services from the county to Oxford and London could be transformed by the middle of 2010 and a half-hourly service introduced according to local MP Peter Luff.

The publication of a major document from the Office of the Rail Regulator has brought the partial redoubling of the Cotswold railway line between Worcestershire and Oxford much closer. The document - the so-called "draft determinations of Network Rail's outputs and access charges" - lists the partial redoubling as a scheme that should be allowed to proceed.

Commenting, Peter said,

"This may sound technical and unimportant, but it could not be more significant. For the first time since the old nationalised British Rail monstrously singled the track in 1971, we are talking about the possibility of a real expansion of both capacity and services.

"The deal is not done yet. The draft document is now consulted on and a final decision reached in October. And the redoubling proposed is only between Evesham and Moreton-in-Marsh, leaving two significant single line sections at each end of the line, between Worcester and Evesham and between Charlbury and oxford. But this is a hugely encouraging development, creating the real prospect of a 31 mile double track section that will transform reliability for our trains.

"I have been campaigning for redoubling of the whole line for nearly twenty years now and at last there is a real prospect of improvement to our awful rail service to Oxford and London."

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