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Atkins to design Oxford Railway Station Concept Master Plan

Infra News - Published on Tue, 11 Aug 2020

Image Source: SNC Lavalin Atkins Oxford Railway Station
SNC Lavalin Group’s Atkins has been appointed to produce a concept masterplan for the expansion of Oxford train station and the surrounding sites. Commissioned by Oxford City Council, Network Rail, County Council and the Oxford Local Enterprise Partnership, the masterplan is a vital step in the project, and aims to raise the quality of urban design and become a catalyst in the redevelopment of Oxford’s West End as well as delivering the station’s capacity increase for the East-West Rail scheme. The masterplan will support Oxford City Council’s vision for the West End to become an extension of the city centre, with major development around the station, along Oxpens Road and Osney Mead Industrial Estate. Together, these developments will transform the West End into an innovation district; a critical project within the Oxfordshire Local Industrial Strategy which was recently published by the OxLEP and central government. Atkins, supported by PRD and Faithful+Gould, will take a holistic approach to the redevelopment of the station area, which comprises a multi-modal transport interchange with rail service enhancements; capacity upgrades including an improved station forecourt and commercial area; and better connectivity to Beckett Street and other key developments in the city centre. The work coincides with an investment in track and other capacity factors to deliver the nationally significant East West Rail timetable requirements.

Priorities for the new masterplan are improved rail infrastructure and services to meet growth in demand and deliver support for the introduction of EWR and other key services, create an iconic and welcoming gateway to support Oxford as a leading global innovation hub, aximise economic and mixed-use development opportunities to create a well-designed and integrated, commercially viable station quart that catalyses development across the West End and provide an efficient city centre transport interchange that reduces congestion and provides better connectivity, to facilitate ‘first and last mile’ connection.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Tue, 11 Aug 2020
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