Architects vie to put train station on map

Chris Aldridge, NetWork Rail's principal strategic planner, talks to a packed public meeting in the Long Room at the Town Hall

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ARCHITECTS are set to design the revamp of Oxford railway station.

Plans to appoint an architect to redesign the station have been agreed by Oxford City Council and Network Rail.

Councillor Jean Fooks said a competition was being run by the Royal Institute of British Architects for the best design for the station.

She said: “It is very exciting there will be an architect to design the station. That doesn’t happen to stations generally so it’s great news.

“The plans for the railway in Oxford look really good, but clearly you have to look at the effects of increasing traffic on people who live nearby.”

The masterplan for Oxford’s rail future was greeted with enthusiasm by residents at a meeting on Wednesday.

More than 100 people packed into a crowded room at Oxford Town Hall to hear the proposals.

Network Rail principal strategic planner for the western region, Chris Aldridge, said plans were to make Oxford a central hub for the UK’s railways.

He said: “It is a great opportunity to develop Oxford. I think the city has a great rail future and we will be working closely both with Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council to make it happen.

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“We will be developing it to work as a hub for trains to run across the UK. So far, Oxford has been a terminating point but this will change that.”

Mr Aldridge said plans were to build another platform at the station and extra tracks.

That will double the number of trains which run through Oxfordshire at the moment.

Adrian James, 50, from Osney, said: “I live near the station and use it. Oxford is a world-class city so it is brilliant we are now going to get our world-class station.

“Everyone in the world knows Oxford and they arrive at that station, and my god what they must think of it at the moment. People in Botley need to feel better connected, too.”

The £70m development proposed for the county is part of the countrywide £300m plan by Network Rail announced on Tuesday. At the moment there are 11 trains per hour running through Oxford.

In 2019 that number is set to double to 22 in total.

But people who live near the railway lines said the plans to double the number of trains filled them with dread.

Keith Dancy, from St Peters Road in Wolvercote, said: “My pictures fall off the walls when a train goes past, the vibrations are so bad.

“My neighbour even thought she was having a heart attack when the freight trains went past she was shaking so much, so it is not good news for us.”

Mr Aldridge said he did not know what kind of mitigation people who live near the rail lines might receive but Network Rail would look into it.

Extra track lines at Oxford station will also mean freight trains can pass through the central tracks between platforms at the station while passenger trains load and unload.

The Royal Institute of British Architects was unavailable for comment.

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11:07am Fri 11 Jan 13

Red Robbo 2 says...

As usual anything to do with railways produces a badly written and inaccurate article.

1. Sorry Jean Fooks but almost all public buildings have to be designed by architects because of the rules imposed by councils.
2. "So far, Oxford has been a terminating point but this will change that". What rubbish - tell that to people travelling from the South Coast to Birmingham and the north or Paddington to Worcester and Hereford. In fact more trains will terminate at Oxford than ever before when Chiltern's Marylebone service starts...
3. "Extra track lines at Oxford station will also mean freight trains can pass through the central tracks between platforms at the station while passenger trains load and unload." Patently the author has never been to the station as this is the case now!
4. As for Mr Dancy, he should stop whining and get some stronger nails.
As usual anything to do with railways produces a badly written and inaccurate article. 1. Sorry Jean Fooks but almost all public buildings have to be designed by architects because of the rules imposed by councils. [No surprise she didn't know that then!] 2. "So far, Oxford has been a terminating point but this will change that". What rubbish - tell that to people travelling from the South Coast to Birmingham and the north or Paddington to Worcester and Hereford. In fact more trains will terminate at Oxford than ever before when Chiltern's Marylebone service starts... 3. "Extra track lines at Oxford station will also mean freight trains can pass through the central tracks between platforms at the station while passenger trains load and unload." Patently the author has never been to the station as this is the case now! 4. As for Mr Dancy, he should stop whining and get some stronger nails. Red Robbo 2
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1:07pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Andrew:Oxford says...

It must have been far noisier in the olden days when steam hauled services on jointed track hammered through Wolvercote.
It must have been far noisier in the olden days when steam hauled services on jointed track hammered through Wolvercote. Andrew:Oxford
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12:24am Sat 12 Jan 13

Myron Blatz says...

Why live next to an airport, main road or railway line if you are going to be unable to cope with associated issues like noise? Personally, I think the Saeed Business School looks just like the sort of impressive 'railway edifice' which Oxford needs - and maybe relocate the Saeed to the impressive Randolf Hotel site? Thinking of which, why does the City of Oxford still have a 'Town Hall' - surely it should be renamed City Hall or City Community Centre?
Why live next to an airport, main road or railway line if you are going to be unable to cope with associated issues like noise? Personally, I think the Saeed Business School looks just like the sort of impressive 'railway edifice' which Oxford needs - and maybe relocate the Saeed to the impressive Randolf Hotel site? Thinking of which, why does the City of Oxford still have a 'Town Hall' - surely it should be renamed City Hall or City Community Centre? Myron Blatz
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2:01am Sat 12 Jan 13

Grunden Skip says...

Adrian James, 50, from Osney, said: “I live near the station and use it. Oxford is a world-class city so it is brilliant we are now going to get our world-class station.

A world class city, with a world class station, where the last train departs on a Saturday night at 11.07, somebody's having a laugh, as Mr Royle would say, World Class, my @rse.
Adrian James, 50, from Osney, said: “I live near the station and use it. Oxford is a world-class city so it is brilliant we are now going to get our world-class station. A world class city, with a world class station, where the last train departs on a Saturday night at 11.07, somebody's having a laugh, as Mr Royle would say, World Class, my @rse. Grunden Skip
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11:35pm Sat 12 Jan 13

patjay says...

At last the Botley road rail bridge area will be improved for pedestrians, cyclists, road users, wheel-chair users, pram-pushers and luggage carriers.

Any hope that Gloucester Green can be moved to the station area, offering
an integrated service for travellers. The current site equally gives the same wrong impression as the rail station to our global travellers arriving at our
world class City.

Freight trains every hour will have long-term repercussions for property owners, tenants, residents and businesses on the same station rock-base or living next to the rail lines. Already this is a problem with existing traffic levels.

One has to accept that freight traffic is an essential form of transportation,
what 'purse' gains from this track service provided

Having seen the over-crowded Long room for this public meeting, the interest will not subside. We must trust in the Oxford Mail and Times
reporting all the facts for all to follow.
Patjay





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At last the Botley road rail bridge area will be improved for pedestrians, cyclists, road users, wheel-chair users, pram-pushers and luggage carriers. Any hope that Gloucester Green can be moved to the station area, offering an integrated service for travellers. The current site equally gives the same wrong impression as the rail station to our global travellers arriving at our world class City. Freight trains every hour will have long-term repercussions for property owners, tenants, residents and businesses on the same station rock-base or living next to the rail lines. Already this is a problem with existing traffic levels. One has to accept that freight traffic is an essential form of transportation, what 'purse' gains from this track service provided Having seen the over-crowded Long room for this public meeting, the interest will not subside. We must trust in the Oxford Mail and Times reporting all the facts for all to follow. Patjay . patjay
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1:13pm Sun 13 Jan 13

Railtraveller says...

Can I suggest Keith Dancy urgently checks his house construction as there must be serious faults in its foundations that need addressing. I've lived next to rail lines for over 15 years and never experienced any of his so called problems.
Can I suggest Keith Dancy urgently checks his house construction as there must be serious faults in its foundations that need addressing. I've lived next to rail lines for over 15 years and never experienced any of his so called problems. Railtraveller
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