Today, Chiltern Railways has revealed plans that could see passenger services run on the Cowley branch in Oxfordshire, bringing economic benefits to businesses in the region.

The line is currently only used for freight services; if Chiltern Railways’ proposals go ahead two new stations would be constructed at Oxford Science Park and Oxford Business Park.  It would follow the launch of the train operator’s Oxford to London line in September 2015, which is the first new rail link between London and a major British city in over 100 years.

The development will bring significant economic benefits for the many businesses based in this part of the city and will improve the connectivity of local communities from the southeast of Oxford to the city centre and beyond.

It also complements the Oxford and Oxfordshire City Deal which is dedicated to creating over 86,000 new jobs and 100,000 new homes in Oxfordshire by 2031.

The company is running a special charter train for key local business leaders and stakeholders to showcase how Chiltern passenger services could potentially operate from as early as 2020.