Oxford station regeneration – Advanced Oxford’s statement of priorities

Advanced Oxford is a member of a group convened by Network Rail, Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council to refine the brief of future design development and master-planning work for Oxford Station and the surrounding area (the “West End”).

Network Rail collected views from stakeholders in March, 2020, asking them to articulate, in simple terms, their top 3 priority objectives for the redevelopment of Oxford station and its infrastructure.

Having reached out to our membership of science and innovation based businesses and organisations, the following 3 key priorities were identified:

Increased capacity/frequency

– Providing an effective interchange with other public transport modalities (buses and cycling were particularly highlighted)

– Opening up new infrastructure, in particular: branch lines, new stations where you can get on and off, opening up Cowley and links to Oxfordshire’s science parks and science campuses is a particular priority

In addition to the three top priorities, there were some clear messages:

  • Place is important, the station should provide a welcoming and impressive hub for people arriving in the city, fitting of a global city, operating on a World stage. However, an improved visitor experience to Oxfordshire as a whole was cited also

  • Better connection to Didcot, opening up Cowley, regenerating Oxpens and Osney Mead, the ability to connect across Oxfordshire with stations where you can get on and get off

  • Connectivity to cycling routes and the ability to take bikes onto trains more easily (bike-train-bike) as well as to bus services is important

  • Given Advanced Oxford’s membership, it is not surprising that respondents want the area around the station to be representative of innovation and enterprise, for the station to stimulate economic development

  • Reducing the dependence upon cars was strongly supported, specifically reducing traffic on the A34, A40 and A44

We will continue to work with this group to represent the views of our community.

 

Recent news

Evotec expands again at Milton Park

Evotec expands again at Milton Park

Evotec, a leading life sciences company, has taken additional office and laboratory space at Milton Park.  Evotec’s latest expansion space, totals 43,141 sq ft and is in addition to the 16,823 sq ft at 90 Park Drive it took in September 2020. Evotec has had a presence...

read more
OxLEP’s Energy Pathfinders 2050

OxLEP’s Energy Pathfinders 2050

Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s (OxLEP) Energy Pathfinders 2050 (EP:50) is seeking the best energy projects from across Oxfordshire. EP:50 is open to every size and type of organisation, from social enterprise to multinational. EP:50 will shine a light on a...

read more
Oxford PV hits new world record for solar

Oxford PV hits new world record for solar

Revolutionary solar technology developed in Oxfordshire has set a new world record for the amount of the sun’s energy that can be converted into electricity by a single solar cell. The ground-breaking cell, produced by Oxford PV, has been independently proven to...

read more