Transport minister opens new car park

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The new multi-storey car park at Banbury Railway Station was officially opened on Monday by Minister for Transport Baroness Susan Kramer.

The four-storey car park, which has 707 spaces, is part of a £10 million improvement programme at the Chiltern Railways station. It was finished on May 30, having been approved by Cherwell District Council’s planning committee in February 2013.

The proposals had previously been recommended for refusal and the decision saw local councillors speak out regarding the negative impact the car park would have on both traffic and neighbours.

The changes are a result of an investment in the future of the station which has been funded by the Department for Transport and delivered by Chiltern Railways, working closely with Network Rail.

On Monday the car park was opened by Baroness Kramer and Chiltern Railways’ managing director Rob Brighouse.

Baroness Kramer said: “I was pleased to open Banbury station’s new car park, which will make a huge difference for its increasing number of passengers. Our funding has helped create a more attractive, environmentally friendly and passenger-focused station, thanks to its new cycling facilities and electric car charging capacity. Our railways are an important engine for economic growth, getting people and goods where they need to go, that is why £38 billion is being invested to improve and maintain them over the next five years.”

The car park is located on the east side of the station, off Bridge Street, with added access to the station via a covered walking route with a bridge to the concourse and platforms. There is also a new station entrance on the east side with a new ticket office.

The layout of the first floor station concourse has been changed alongside improvements to station security, a new information point and waiting area for passengers as well as a larger café.

Mr Brighouse said: “We are committed to investing in our stations across the network. The car park is a real milestone for Banbury Station and is part of our ongoing commitment to give our passengers a high quality experience of travelling with us.”

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