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£70,000 rail link study under way
A £70,000 study of the prospects for recreating a direct Rail link between Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon, by rebuilding a route between the Cotswold Line and the Warwickshire town, is under way.
Consultants Arup are looking into whether there is a business case for reinstating the line from Stratford to Long Marston, where a short freight branch line connects with the Oxford-Worcester Cotswold Line route at Honeybourne, in Worcestershire.
Direct trains between Oxford and Stratford, via Banbury, ended in December 2004, when the London-Stratford service was transferred to Chiltern Railways.
Arup are expected to deliver their report to Stratford District Council, which is co-ordinating the feasibility study, next month.