Residents are being urged to make their voices heard on alternative ways for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians to cross a railway in Bicester before the deadline of June 9.

The development of East West Rail (EWR), linking Oxford with Cambridge via Milton Keynes and Bedford, will mean trains passing more frequently through Bicester’s London Road level crossing – drastically reducing the amount of time the level crossing will be open to vehicles.

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The barriers could be down for up to 50 minutes in every hour.

EWR Co is seeking public feedback, through a non-statutory consultation, on the six options it is considering.

These are:

  1. An accessible bridge for non-motorised users
  2. A road underpass at London Road
  3. A road bridge at London Road
  4. A road underpass alongside London Road
  5. A road bridge alongside London Road
  6. Alternative road crossing locations


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They are also holding a number of public live chats events throughout the consultation, including on Saturdays and in the evenings.

This is the first consultation on the future of London Road level crossing since EWR Co became responsible for developing the whole railway. Before that, a government inspector overseeing the first two phases of the work, concluded that these stages would not trigger the need for a solution to the London Road level crossing issue.

Eric Owens, Oxfordshire County Council’s assistant director for growth and place, said: “It is vital that people have their say on what they want to happen with the level crossing so that EWR Company’s decision is as informed as it can be.”

Consultation documents and the feedback form can be found at

The EWR Co telephone line will be available throughout the consultation period to enable those not wanting or not able to engage online or in writing, to speak to members of the EWR project team.

The telephone number is 0330 134 0067.

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