Push is made to reopen Grove's railway station

Herald Series: Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey

WANTAGE MP Ed Vaizey met transport minister Baroness Kramer to call for a railway station to be reopened at Grove.

On Monday Mr Vaizey also met representatives from South Oxfordshire District Council and Oxfordshire County Council.

He said: “In the longer term, there is no doubt that a railway station in the Grove and Wantage area would be of enormous economic benefit.

“I hope that this can be part of plans for the further development of our local transport infrastructure.”

He also pressed for improvements to Didcot Parkway Station where the forecourt area is due for redevelopment soon.

Mr Vaizey said: “Didcot Parkway is the key rail hub in the constituency and is vital in supporting the very important science parks at Harwell, Culham and Milton Park.

“It is essential that as the sites expand and more housing is provided... there is capacity at Didcot Parkway to provide the transport local residents and businesses need.

“I urged the minister and her officials to ensure that every priority is given to the plans being put forward by our local councils.”

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9:45am Wed 22 Jan 14

Richard of Wantage says...

Grove desperately needs their station to be re-opened as the local roads are already saturated and will not be able to cope with the planned 5,500 new homes in Wantage/Grove. It's not just re-opening the station but it also requires a new local line to Didcot otherwise no trains will stop at Grove. The £50 billion being spent on HS2 for London to Birmingham would be better spent on local transport needs for many 100's of towns in the UK.
Grove desperately needs their station to be re-opened as the local roads are already saturated and will not be able to cope with the planned 5,500 new homes in Wantage/Grove. It's not just re-opening the station but it also requires a new local line to Didcot otherwise no trains will stop at Grove. The £50 billion being spent on HS2 for London to Birmingham would be better spent on local transport needs for many 100's of towns in the UK. Richard of Wantage

1:16pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Richard of Wantage wrote:
Grove desperately needs their station to be re-opened as the local roads are already saturated and will not be able to cope with the planned 5,500 new homes in Wantage/Grove. It's not just re-opening the station but it also requires a new local line to Didcot otherwise no trains will stop at Grove. The £50 billion being spent on HS2 for London to Birmingham would be better spent on local transport needs for many 100's of towns in the UK.
Make it part of an Oxfordshire "Circle" line.

Oxford-Didcot-Grove-
Faringdon-Carterton-
Witney-Oxford.

The local authorities would lose £Ms in parking income though.
[quote][p][bold]Richard of Wantage[/bold] wrote: Grove desperately needs their station to be re-opened as the local roads are already saturated and will not be able to cope with the planned 5,500 new homes in Wantage/Grove. It's not just re-opening the station but it also requires a new local line to Didcot otherwise no trains will stop at Grove. The £50 billion being spent on HS2 for London to Birmingham would be better spent on local transport needs for many 100's of towns in the UK.[/p][/quote]Make it part of an Oxfordshire "Circle" line. Oxford-Didcot-Grove- Faringdon-Carterton- Witney-Oxford. The local authorities would lose £Ms in parking income though. Andrew:Oxford

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