Wantage and Grove Station
“Wantage & Grove Station. Statement of Opinion” report of 2018
Oxfordshire County Council and Vale of White Horse District Council commissioned a report from SLC Rail into the re-opening of a station at Grove. This was called “Wantage & Grove Station. Statement of Opinion” and was published in August 2018. This can be seen at: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/roads-and-transport/roadworks/future-transport-projects/wantage-and-grove-station. We would recommend that anyone interested read the report, but here are some of its main conclusions:
- The station would have a Benefit to Cost Ration of up to 2.48 (which is above the threshold for such projects).
- There is a problem with needing to find a train service that could stop at Grove. The current electrified GWR service is based on high speed trains. A service from Bristol to Oxford is considered. This may be extended to Cambridge via the East-West rail link which is now partly under construction.
- The report notes that in 1999 Thames Trains operated a service between Bicester, Oxford and Bristol via Bath. This was withdrawn after perceived performance effect on the rail network in 2003. It also notes that for a new service to use Wantage & Grove Station (and other new stations proposed at Corsham and Royal Wootton Bassett) it will be necessary to consider wider capacity issues on the railway along with infrastructure improvements.
- The report looked in more detail at seven locations for the station from just east of the A338 road bridge to just west of Grove Cemetery. It concluded two of these are worth taking forward for further study:
- “Bradfield” This is to the west of the A338 with access from the north (Hanney) side of the bridge.
- “Denchworth Road” Accessed off the new (proposed) Grove Northern Link Road just west of Grove Cemetery.
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