Leader’s vision for tram hub in Grove unveiled

The vision for Grove Station

The vision for Grove Station

First published in Wantage

This is what Grove Station could look like if it is re-opened for trams or trains.

Oxfordshire County Council leader Ian Hudspeth was in Wantage last night to set out his vision for transport in and around the town.

The Conservative councillor, who held a public meeting at The Beacon, has suggested that he might turn the former station into a tram hub if Network Rail doesn’t re-open it for trains.

It is part of his Connecting Oxfordshire vision which will feed into the new local transport plan which council officials are drawing up.



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7:43am Thu 26 Jun 14

Harold&Albert says...

Absolutely ridiculous! What a total waste of money even thinking about it! Grove station will never reopen - the line carries main line (express style) trains only - they will not want to stop there! Let's stop wasting money even pretending and commissioning pretty pictures and get down to basics. The station is so far from Grove (even further from the proposed new development) that most people would need to drive to get there! People want roads and want to use their cars - it's the only form of public transport (except expensive taxis) that actually works it gets us door to door! How about making the A34 a 3 lane motoroway - the A338 a dual carriageway - the A420 a dual carriageway all the way - that would fix it!
Absolutely ridiculous! What a total waste of money even thinking about it! Grove station will never reopen - the line carries main line (express style) trains only - they will not want to stop there! Let's stop wasting money even pretending and commissioning pretty pictures and get down to basics. The station is so far from Grove (even further from the proposed new development) that most people would need to drive to get there! People want roads and want to use their cars - it's the only form of public transport (except expensive taxis) that actually works it gets us door to door! How about making the A34 a 3 lane motoroway - the A338 a dual carriageway - the A420 a dual carriageway all the way - that would fix it! Harold&Albert
  • Score: -14

9:14am Thu 26 Jun 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Harold&Albert wrote:
Absolutely ridiculous! What a total waste of money even thinking about it! Grove station will never reopen - the line carries main line (express style) trains only - they will not want to stop there! Let's stop wasting money even pretending and commissioning pretty pictures and get down to basics. The station is so far from Grove (even further from the proposed new development) that most people would need to drive to get there! People want roads and want to use their cars - it's the only form of public transport (except expensive taxis) that actually works it gets us door to door! How about making the A34 a 3 lane motoroway - the A338 a dual carriageway - the A420 a dual carriageway all the way - that would fix it!
It wouldn't be the "fast" trains that would stop there - it would be the "slows" - there are 4 tracks there so the "slow" trains can quite readily stop whilst the "fast" services go straight through.

It would be ideal really. Particularly if a new ring road were to be around west side of Grove to open up the area to new development with cycle and pedestrian friendly routes to the new station.
[quote][p][bold]Harold&Albert[/bold] wrote: Absolutely ridiculous! What a total waste of money even thinking about it! Grove station will never reopen - the line carries main line (express style) trains only - they will not want to stop there! Let's stop wasting money even pretending and commissioning pretty pictures and get down to basics. The station is so far from Grove (even further from the proposed new development) that most people would need to drive to get there! People want roads and want to use their cars - it's the only form of public transport (except expensive taxis) that actually works it gets us door to door! How about making the A34 a 3 lane motoroway - the A338 a dual carriageway - the A420 a dual carriageway all the way - that would fix it![/p][/quote]It wouldn't be the "fast" trains that would stop there - it would be the "slows" - there are 4 tracks there so the "slow" trains can quite readily stop whilst the "fast" services go straight through. It would be ideal really. Particularly if a new ring road were to be around west side of Grove to open up the area to new development with cycle and pedestrian friendly routes to the new station. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 9

10:43am Thu 26 Jun 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

nothing more than vote buying im afraid
nothing more than vote buying im afraid yabbadabbadoo256
  • Score: 2

2:56pm Thu 26 Jun 14

King Joke says...

Harold&Albert wrote:
Absolutely ridiculous! What a total waste of money even thinking about it! Grove station will never reopen - the line carries main line (express style) trains only - they will not want to stop there! Let's stop wasting money even pretending and commissioning pretty pictures and get down to basics. The station is so far from Grove (even further from the proposed new development) that most people would need to drive to get there! People want roads and want to use their cars - it's the only form of public transport (except expensive taxis) that actually works it gets us door to door! How about making the A34 a 3 lane motoroway - the A338 a dual carriageway - the A420 a dual carriageway all the way - that would fix it!
And when all the extra lanes fill up in 2-3 years like they usually do - what then?

I'm not saying Grove Station is the answer but going back to 1980s transport policy definitely isn't!
[quote][p][bold]Harold&Albert[/bold] wrote: Absolutely ridiculous! What a total waste of money even thinking about it! Grove station will never reopen - the line carries main line (express style) trains only - they will not want to stop there! Let's stop wasting money even pretending and commissioning pretty pictures and get down to basics. The station is so far from Grove (even further from the proposed new development) that most people would need to drive to get there! People want roads and want to use their cars - it's the only form of public transport (except expensive taxis) that actually works it gets us door to door! How about making the A34 a 3 lane motoroway - the A338 a dual carriageway - the A420 a dual carriageway all the way - that would fix it![/p][/quote]And when all the extra lanes fill up in 2-3 years like they usually do - what then? I'm not saying Grove Station is the answer but going back to 1980s transport policy definitely isn't! King Joke
  • Score: 3

3:14pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Madi50n says...

If Harold&Albert thinks Cars are "public" transport and they are the only thing "...that actually works..." they are seriously deluded.

If we don't get a grip on the transport infrastructure soon and accept that cars are not the way forward, so throwing money at solutions which will only increase the number of cars moving around the county, then at some point in the not-so-distant-futur
e, cities and towns across Oxfordshire, and every other city or town in the country that fails to address the problem, will face gridlock.

Ideas like this might seem pie in the sky right now, 20 years from now, they may be the norm.
If Harold&Albert thinks Cars are "public" transport and they are the only thing "...that actually works..." they are seriously deluded. If we don't get a grip on the transport infrastructure soon and accept that cars are not the way forward, so throwing money at solutions which will only increase the number of cars moving around the county, then at some point in the not-so-distant-futur e, cities and towns across Oxfordshire, and every other city or town in the country that fails to address the problem, will face gridlock. Ideas like this might seem pie in the sky right now, 20 years from now, they may be the norm. Madi50n
  • Score: 2

3:47pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Patrick, Devon says...

Madi50n wrote:
If Harold&Albert thinks Cars are "public" transport and they are the only thing "...that actually works..." they are seriously deluded.

If we don't get a grip on the transport infrastructure soon and accept that cars are not the way forward, so throwing money at solutions which will only increase the number of cars moving around the county, then at some point in the not-so-distant-futur

e, cities and towns across Oxfordshire, and every other city or town in the country that fails to address the problem, will face gridlock.

Ideas like this might seem pie in the sky right now, 20 years from now, they may be the norm.
This, not more roads, has already been the norm across the developed world for at least 20 years. The UK is a generation behind the times and has much catching up to do.
[quote][p][bold]Madi50n[/bold] wrote: If Harold&Albert thinks Cars are "public" transport and they are the only thing "...that actually works..." they are seriously deluded. If we don't get a grip on the transport infrastructure soon and accept that cars are not the way forward, so throwing money at solutions which will only increase the number of cars moving around the county, then at some point in the not-so-distant-futur e, cities and towns across Oxfordshire, and every other city or town in the country that fails to address the problem, will face gridlock. Ideas like this might seem pie in the sky right now, 20 years from now, they may be the norm.[/p][/quote]This, not more roads, has already been the norm across the developed world for at least 20 years. The UK is a generation behind the times and has much catching up to do. Patrick, Devon
  • Score: 2

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