Oxfordshire Liberal Democrats

Keep London Road Open

East West Rail have launched a consultation on future options for the London Road crossing in Bicester.

When the Oxford-Cambridge service is running, the level crossing could be down for 50 minutes in every hour, which is not considered safe or viable. They are now consulting on alternative options.

We are disappointed that those planning the railway did not do more when the railway in Bicester was reconstructed to address this problem, which was obvious to all local people. Opportunities for potential solutions were missed when the station and Bicester Village were extended in 2015.

Option 1 is to close the road and force all traffic round via the A41. We are totally opposed to this option and shocked that it is included in the alternatives. The inconvenience and disruption to local journeys would be very significant: those living south-east of this junction would be effectively cut off from the town centre by car/ bus/ taxi.

We are worried that the main argument in favour is that it would be the cheapest for East West rail.

We the undersigned call on East West rail to take option 1 off the table and confirm that they have no intention to close London Road to traffic.

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