Abingdon Parkway Programme
This is Abingdon Parkway Programme
Abingdon is the largest town in Oxfordshire without a railway station, but how can this be fixed at low cost? The answer is major upgrades to an existing stop, including renaming, rebuilding, and generally making the station a nicer place to be.
Currently, Radley railway station on the Cherwell Valley Line is served by trains between Oxford and Didcot Parkway, among others at rare times. But here’s how we’d like to improve not only these services but the passenger experience too:
- Increasing the number of services provided at Radley. These new services could include direct trains to Paddington and Reading originating at Banbury or Oxford, and CrossCountry services to Reading, Manchester and Bournemouth.
- Renaming the station to make it more appealing to Abingdon. The proposed name is “Abingdon Parkway” or “Abingdon Gateway”.
- Introducing a lift at the station to ensure step-free access.
- Erecting a new station building with a café, customer service, ticket machines, and a ticket office inside, as well as seating to wait for your train and the standard displays and toilets. This building could be part of a brand new above-track bridge, similar to Worcestershire Parkway, not too far away.
- Increasing the size of the car park at Radley station to fit more cars.
- Introducing a bus, coach, and taxi stop/interchange including buses from Abingdon.
- Widening and lengthening the platforms to ensure longer trains can fit all cars, and more people can fit on the platforms.