- CAMPAIGNERS WANT EVERGREEN 3 TO START RAIL REVOLUTION
Oxford station, East West Rail, Cotswold Line upgrade and Witney tram proposal
Railfuture wants Evergreen 3 to prompt more rail investment in the Thames Valley. Hugh said “The most pressing need is to give Oxford a bigger station with room for more trains, more bus links and more passengers. The current station is not big enough for present needs, let alone future growth.
“Evergreen 3 has already boosted the East West Rail proposal to reopen the railway from Bicester Town to Winslow, Bletchley, Milton Keynes and Bedford, with a link from Winslow to Aylesbury. The Department for Transport now not only supports East West Rail but wants to electrify Oxford – Bedford as part of its proposed “electric spine” north-south freight and passenger rail route.
“In 2011 Network Rail restored double track to the section of the Cotswold Line between Charlbury and Ascott-under-Wychwood, enabling services to be increased and made more reliable. Railfuture awaits a DfT decision on whether to restore double track to the section between Wolvercote and Charlbury, so that Cotswold trains could be increased to an easy and simpler hourly service.
“Witney's passenger rail service was ended in 1962. Reopening the Witney Railway was considered by Oxfordshire County Council in the early 2000s and by the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) in 2009. Railfuture wants the Oxford – Eynsham – Witney line reopened as a tramway and extended on a new route to Carterton and RAF Brize Norton. This would relieve the A40 west of Oxford, which has long been Oxfordshire's most congested main road.”
Chiltern Railways' news link
- CENTRAL LONDON FABIAN SOCIETY
Central London Fabian Society
Wednesday 20 June, 7.30 pm
Marcus Roberts (Deputy General Secretary of the Fabian Society)
“Labour’s Next Majority”
Cole Room, Fabian Society, 11 Dartmouth Street, SW1H 9BN
Nearest tube: St James’s Park.
Details from Giles Wright on 0207 227 4904 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0207 227 4904end_of_the_skype_highlighting, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Is the Monarchy Really Necessary?
In these times of meritocracy, it is surprising that there are still western parliamentary democracies that still hold on to the concept of monarchy. After all, you would not choose your dentist on the hereditary principle - yet many parliamentary democracies continue to cling on to this - perhaps anachronistic tradition.
- OXFORD PLAYHOUSE LAUNCHES THE NEW ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE SCHEME
Evolve is a rolling year-long scheme which will support three individual artists or companies by offering a range of practical and in-kind support, including seed funding for projects, rehearsal space, creative development and peer mentoring. It is aimed at emerging artists and companies, or mid-career individuals at a juncture in their practice, who feel that access to support, resources and input from the Oxford Playhouse team will help them evolve creatively and professionally.
- LEVEL CROSSINGS GETTING SAFER DESPITE YARNTON DEATH
- Polish School Oxford celebrates its 10th year of Achievement
Sobotnia Polska Szkola w Oxford. Uczymy jezyka polskiego i historii. The Polish Saturday School in Oxford. We prepare students for GCSE exams in the polish language.
- Oxford’s 1st Polish Business Fair
(29 April 2013) Oxford's 1st Polish Business Fair was opened by Oxford’s Polish Association chair Ewa Gluza. This business fair is dedicated to the growing numbers of successful Polish run enterprises based in the county. Oxford’s Polish Association chair Ewa Gluza announced “it was a great success!”
- What we need is a vision for the whole of the European Union.
I spend a lot of my time in France and have the opportunity to observe public life and politics there at close quarters. It is interesting that such a proud, indeed, sometimes overly patriotic country, sees absolutely no contradiction between its own direct interests and those of the European Union. It considers them intimately connected and pursues one as an expression of the other. As in Berlin and Madrid, and most other EU
- Jana Brzechwa Wiersza
Wiersze Jana Brzechwy to klasyka literatury dziecięcej. Tutaj znajdują się tylko niektóre wierszyki poety. Jego dorobek w poezji dziecięcej jest znacznie większy. Wierszowane historyjki poety są lubiane zarówno przez dzieci, jak i dorosłych.
- Oxford's Lord Mayor Joins in Oxford Polish School 10th Anniversary
In Image from left to right: 3rd Year Teacher Jolanta Ryba, Clr. Jean Fooks, Former Headteacher Hanna Darowska, Headteacher Marzena Henry, Editor Oxofrdprospect.co.uk Nicholas Newman, Mohammed Abbasi Lord Mayor of Oxford, Clr. Van Coulter, Chair Oxford Polish Society Eva Gluza and Retired Oxford Polish School Teacher.
- RE-OPEN THE CHELTENHAM TO KINGHAM RAILWAY GROUP
New railway services to Oxford planned
Chiltern Evergreen will link the Bicester line to the Banbury to London line to provide a through service from Oxford via Chilterns by 2015.
East West Rail aims to provide through rail services between Oxford and Aylesbury to Milton Keynes and Bedford by 2018.
- Oxford Polish Priest Celebrates His 20 Anniversary
- Oxford Bus Users Demand Planners to Listen
Bus passengers want the Westgate Centre redeveloped, and they will welcome a John Lewis in Oxford. But they fear that closing Queen Street to all buses will make access to and across central Oxford even worse than it is now.
- Oxford Town Team Welcomes Westgate Plans
- Culture Forum
Oxford City Council is holding a culture forum to provide professional development support to the city's diverse cultural sector.
Sixty seven individual artists and arts professionals, small-scale cultural organisations, museums, heritage professionals, creative industries and funded arts organisations from Oxford and Oxfordshire will take part in the forum.
- Hertford College visit to Bournemouth
Bournemouth is a large coastal resort town in the ceremonial county of Dorset, England. According to the mid-year estimates for 2010 from the Office for National Statistics, the town has a population of 168,100, making it the largest settlement in Dorset. It is also the largest settlement between Southampton and Plymouth. With Poole and Christchurch, Bournemouth forms the South East Dorset conurbation, which has a total population of approximately 400,000.
Founded in 1810 by Lewis Tregonwell, Bournemouth's growth accelerated with the arrival of the railway, becoming a recognised town in 1870. Historically part of Hampshire, it joined Dorset with the reorganisation of local government in 1974. Since 1997, the town has been administered by a unitary authority, giving it autonomy from Dorset County Council. The local authority is Bournemouth Borough Council.
Bournemouth's location on the south coast of England has made it a popular destination for tourists. The town is a regional centre of business, home of the Bournemouth International Centre and financial companies that include Liverpool Victoria and PruHealth.
In a 2007 survey by First Direct, Bournemouth was found to be the happiest place in the UK, with 82% of people questioned saying they were happy with their lives.
In 2012, Bournemouth was unsuccessful in its bid for city status, losing out to Chelmsford in a competition with 26 other towns to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee
- Oxonbike: The first week
Oxonbike was officially launched on Thursday 20th June. The scheme currently has 150 members and between them they have hired bikes nearly 200 times. As expected, the busiest times are during rush hour in the morning and evening as commuters head in and out of work at the hospitals and universities in the area. It's great to see the bikes being used as intended and even better to know that it is taking cars off the streets of Headington.
- DEVELOPERS DEMAND BUS-FREE QUEEN STREET
Crown Estates and Land Securities are threatening not to redevelop the Westgate Centre unless buses are banned from Queen Street. The City and County Council also want to ban buses from Queen Street, and the County also wants to ban buses from George and Magdalen Streets.
- Our membership of the EU’s Single market makes a difference for British business.
I should perhaps start by admitting that my interest in the EU project is as much personal as it is commercial. I have lived and worked in Britain, France, Germany and Luxembourg and my 3 children and 4 grandchildren have been born in 3 different European countries.
- Oxford Polish Saturday School End of School Year Event 2013
- OXFORD TO HOST NATIONAL RAIL CONFERENCE
- OXFORD BROOKES STUDENTS TAKE PART IN NATIONAL STUDENT RACEDAY
- 2014 Eurostar Ashden Awards for Sustainable Travel close for entries 5 November
With less than a week to apply for the prestigious 2014 Eurostar Ashden Awards for Sustainable Travel innovative sustainable travel schemes across the UK, should not miss out on the chance to win the Award and a share of £30,000 in prize money.
- Oxford welcomes Play Poland Film Festival on its third edition.
It is the largest mobile film event in Britain, presenting and promoting contemporary Polish cinema.
This year’s edition of Play Poland Film Festival in Oxford is organized by Oxford Polish Association in collaboration with PLAY FULL Ltd. from London.
- Christmas in the New Forest- Perfect winter breaks in cosy cottages
Warm up your winter and put roses in your cheeks. Discover a true seasonal vibe down here with the New Forest ponies and magical landscapes.To escape the hectic countdown for a few days, book a pre Christmas break from the New Forest Living’s collection of stylish holiday homes, available in late November and December.
- COUNTY TO HALVE BUSES TO WEST OXFORDSHIRE VILLAGES
The County Council is reviewing subsidised bus services throughout West Oxfordshire. It proposes withdrawing up to seven routes and reduce up to 17 others. This will end or reduce many villages' essential links with Oxford, Witney, Chipping Norton, Kidlington and Woodstock, and their rail connections at Charlbury, Hanborough and Kingham.
- Oxford Writers Group at Waterstones
Oxford writers group launch their latest series of short stories at the Oxford branch of Waterstones with Colin Dexter as guest of honour.
- The Phoenix Picturehouse celebrates its 100 birthday
THE PHOENIX PICTUREHOUSE:
100 YEARS OF OXFORD CINEMA MEMORIES
Deborah Allison, Hiu M. Chan and Daniela Treveri Gennari
Foreword by David Parkinson
ABOUT THE BOOK
The Phoenix is one of only a handful of British cinemas
to have remained active for the past 100 years. This is
the story of Oxford’s oldest continuously operating
cinema, as told by its staff and customers. Featuring
first-hand reminiscences dating back to the days of
silent movies, and illustrated with a fabulous collection
of over 100 images, many of which have never
appeared in print until now, The Phoenix Picturehouse
presents a wide-ranging account of a popular local
institution whose changing fortunes exemplify a
century of British cinema and cinemagoing history.
- MAJOR STEP FORWARD FOR HS2 AS HYBRID BILL PUBLISHED
HS2 will take a major step forward today with publication of the Bill for phase one of the country’s new railway between London and Birmingham.
- CAMPAIGNERS CRITICISE EYNSHAM PARK & RIDE AS NORTHERN GATEWAY "GREENWASH"
- First Great Western announces major WiFi expansion plans
- COMMUTER ROUTE TO LONDON TO OPEN!
This new service will provide added competition to the existing express train and coach services to London. At present, express bus or train services leave Oxford for London every 12 minutes. Hopefully, this new service should provide increased competition and new capacity to the existing services operated by Oxford Bus Company, Stagecoach and First Great Western. For those London commuters living outside Oxford, the new station at Water Eaton should mean they can avoid driving through congested Oxford city centre.
- Oxford Energy Events
Work on different aspects of the energy challenge, which must be addressed holistically, is linked up through the Oxford Energy Network.