A railway line that's apparently the first to join two major cities together in over 100 years has opened today, with the people of Oxford now having a new way to get to London via the medium of trains.
The line links a brand new station known as Oxford Parkway -- a car-friendly enclave four miles out of the city with an insane 1,500 parking spaces for commuters -- to London's niche, central, Cornish pasty outpost of Marylebone, and is operated by the Victorian-sounding franchise Chiltern Railways.
Chiltern and Network Rail have spent a combined total of £320 million on the line, which will be plumbed into the main Oxford station next year and gives people travelling to London from Oxford the option of arriving somewhere other than Paddington.
Network Rail's chief exec Mark Carne said: "By working closely with Chiltern Railways on this part of our railway upgrade plan, we have been able to deliver precisely what its customers want -- a much-needed new transport option for Oxford-based business and leisure travellers to London. It will also help provide the capacity needed as rail travel is forecast to double over the next two decades."
The line also stops at Bicester to serve the Bicester Village shopping centre, a place lucky enough to have a rebuilt station along this new line. [Mirror]