Railfuture Thames Valley Branch unreservedly welcomes Transport Minister Norman Baker’s announcement that the Great Western Main Line (GWML) will be electrified between Paddington, Didcot, Oxford and Newbury. He indicates that electrification will be complete in 2016, the same time as the Reading station enlargement already announced.

Chiltern Railways’ Project Evergreen 3 to link Oxford with Marylebone via High Wycombe should be completed by 2013. A second Oxford – London rail link is vital to meet increasing passenger demand. Evergreen 3 will also help Oxford passengers if GWML services are interrupted during electrification or the Reading station redevelopment.

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