The amount wasted is estimated to be millions

Railway spending is criticised

Railway spending is criticised

First published in Letters

PERHAPS the rail fares would rise less if there was less reckless spending.

Chiltern Railways’ upgrade requires re-routing of Langford Lane in Bicester.

Two routes were proposed, one by Chiltern Railways one by local people.

The Chiltern route crosses a river at a very shallow angle and the bridge is therefore about three times as long as the bridge for the locals’ route crossing at a right angle.

The Chiltern route has one additional waterway to cross, so one additional bridge. The Chiltern route requires extensive relocation of electricity poles and cables which the locals’ route did not. The amount wasted has not been disclosed but is estimated at tens of millions of pounds. Ironically the reckless Chiltern route was chosen by German-owned Chiltern Railways who have now passed the buck and the costs to Network Rail.

The Chiltern route was described by Thames Valley traffic police as dangerous, and TMS Consultancies considered it an accident waiting to happen, so perhaps there are more costs to come. The final choice lay with Oxfordshire County Council but they have not explained why they preferred the more expensive option.

John Offord
Langford Lane
Bicester

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Oxford Mail:

2:40pm Thursday 28th May 2015

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Children will have to cross dangerous road

Oxford Mail:

2:38pm Thursday 28th May 2015

I SEE that you published an article in respect of the Barton Park development but failed to publish a report on when the hedgerow was cut down and removed at Foxwell Drive.

Residents, congestion and economy lose out

Oxford Mail:

2:35pm Thursday 28th May 2015

REFERENCING your article (May 22) surprise, surprise, charges up and ‘Number of cars using Water Eaton park-and-ride drop by more than a third.’ Congestion on Oxford’s ring roads up.

Pub site could become much-needed DIY store

Oxford Mail:

2:34pm Thursday 28th May 2015

WITH regards to the plans being turned down for a Hungry Horse outlet in Templars Square, there is already a family pub opposite the proposed site.

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7:44pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Sometimes it's more important to consider the things that you can't see - as well as the things that you can.

Isn't there a major fuel pipeline near that area?
Sometimes it's more important to consider the things that you can't see - as well as the things that you can. Isn't there a major fuel pipeline near that area? Andrew:Oxford
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1:35pm Tue 26 Aug 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

no i believe the route was choosen by Network Rail, and while we are at it, germany runs some of the best railways in the world.
no i believe the route was choosen by Network Rail, and while we are at it, germany runs some of the best railways in the world. yabbadabbadoo256
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