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Design contest announced for Oxford station overhaul

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An international design competition has been promised for the regeneration of Oxford train station

The announcement coincided with the unveiling of a new masterplan for the busy station by AHR design consultants.

The project – supported by Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council and Network Rail – aims to transform the area into an ‘exemplary gateway’ to boost investment.

AHR’s long-term vision proposes rebuilding the station and creating a new transport interchange featuring a bus station, multi-story car park and development opportunities.

Improvements to the nearby Botley Road bridge are also planned.

The architectural competition is expected to cover the concept design for the new station, bridge and transport interchange.

Commenting on the masterplan, Oxford City Council leader Bob Price said: ‘This is a vision for the development of a landmark gateway into the city. It sets out ambitious proposals to meet the predicted increase in rail use over the next 30 years and will encourage wider regeneration in Oxford city centre and beyond.’

He continued: ‘The masterplan, and the partnership behind it, are vital to the city’s plans for economic growth.’

Mike Hogg of First Great Western, said: ‘As the rail operating company responsible for the station, we’re delighted to be part of this inspiring partnership. We recognise that the increase in rail passengers means we need a larger station at Oxford, with improved facilities, if we’re to meet customer expectations.’

The project follows a £7.5 billion upgrade of the Great Western Mainline which is expected to see rising passenger numbers of the coming years.

The Oxford Station Masterplan will feature in a public exhibition from 1 to 2 August in the exhibition suite inside Oxford’s Westgate shopping centre.

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