Chiltern train times change labelled 'a betrayal'

CHILTERN Railways has stood by a “difficult” decision to cut back non-stop rush hour trains between Banbury and London Marylebone.

It said the weekday change is needed to take demand from a major new housing development in Bicester.

At the moment, the 7.11am service gets in at 8.06am and the 7.17am leaves for a 8.24am arrival. Both are non-stop.

But changes from December 9 will instead see a 6.58am service which gets in at 8am and a 7.24am service for 8.28am. Both will stop at Bicester North.

Banbury resident Nick Moore, who lives in Fisher Close, said: “I will honestly have to spend 30 minutes longer each day out of the house – over two hours per week. It is a complete betrayal of a town that is going places and is becoming increasingly popular to commuters.”

Chiltern customer service director Jennifer Payne said: “This difficult decision was taken in view of the extensive housebuilding programme in the Bicester area.”

Banbury MP Tony Baldry said: “I don’t think it is acceptable that the excuse for any deterioration of service at Banbury is that this is in some way to improve services for Bicester.”

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2:58pm Thu 6 Dec 12

locodogz says...

"Banbury resident Nick Moore, who lives in Fisher Close, said: “I will honestly have to spend 30 minutes longer each day out of the house "

15 minutes to slow down, pick up and leave Bicester North? Honestly Nick? Honest.........
"Banbury resident Nick Moore, who lives in Fisher Close, said: “I will honestly have to spend 30 minutes longer each day out of the house " 15 minutes to slow down, pick up and leave Bicester North? Honestly Nick? Honest......... locodogz
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3:09pm Thu 6 Dec 12

ducati57 says...

NEWS FLASH!!

A chap called Nick from Bicester will have to spend 2 hours more a week out of his house.

Get real Nick!
NEWS FLASH!! A chap called Nick from Bicester will have to spend 2 hours more a week out of his house. Get real Nick! ducati57
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3:33am Sat 8 Dec 12

Pavinder Msvarensy says...

ERR, nick, if you currently get the 7:17 the new service leaves only 7 minutes later, or the earlier service only 13 minutes later but gets in 6 minutes earlier. neither of which equates to and extra 30 minutes out of your house. I do hope your job does not entail "doing sums"
ERR, nick, if you currently get the 7:17 the new service leaves only 7 minutes later, or the earlier service only 13 minutes later but gets in 6 minutes earlier. neither of which equates to and extra 30 minutes out of your house. I do hope your job does not entail "doing sums" Pavinder Msvarensy
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