Thames Valley Branch


Berkshire (the six unitary authorities of Bracknell Forest, Reading, Slough, West Berkshire, Windsor & Maidenhead, and Wokingham), Buckinghamshire (incl Milton Keynes) and Oxfordshire.

On Friday 27 July 2018 Network Rail published their application to the DfT for an Order under the Transport & Works Act which would grant them powers to construct, operate and maintain the Western section phase 2 of East-West Rail - Bicester/Aylesbury-Bletchley-Bedford. The statutory 6-week period for objections, representations and letters of support closed on Friday 7 September 2018. The Public Inquiry begins in Milton Keynes on 6th February 2019. More info: EWR TWAO and EWR general.

Most recent members' meeting:

Railfuture - Thames Valley Branch Annual General Meeting 2018

Saturday 21st April 2018 at 10.30am at the West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0BT.

Details of one of our regular venues, and how to get there, can be found here:- http://www.woca.org.uk/ The Centre is just a few minutes' walk from the rail station, on the north side of the Botley Road opposite St. Frideswide Church. There is a café on site.
After the formal business of the meeting our member, Dr Robin Rees gave a talk:- Temporary Diversions
Though a train enthusiast from an early age, Robin never anticipated working for the railways. Yet, at various stages of his career, opportunities arose for him to do so in a wide range of roles. He reflects on what he did — and on what he discovered.
We enjoyed seeing many of you there. Visitors were also welcome.

Recent Meetings

Monday 19 February 2018, 6.30pm at the Jericho Community Centre, 33a Canal Street, Oxford, OX2 6BQ.
A presentation by Rob Mashford of Network Rail about the ongoing works and their scheme for the Oxford corridor as a whole.

Thursday 23rd November 2017, at the New Hope Centre, 95 York Road, Reading, RG1 8DU.
Our guest speaker was Tom Pierpoint, Regional Development Manager, Great Western Railway. He talked to us about GWR’s plans and developments in particular for services across the Thames Valley and Cotswold line areas including the introduction of the IET and 387 fleets. This was a good opportunity for members to have their say and contribute to what was a lively and informed discussion.

We held our 2017 Annual General Meeting on Saturday 22nd April 2017 at the Hub, Easton Street, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 1NJ.
Our guest speaker was Stephen Barker, Strategic Development Engineer, Chiltern Railways, who gave us a presentation reviewing the reopening and start of services between Oxford and London Marylebone and also Chiltern's future plans, covering the remaining years of the franchise, as well as the proposal to extend some services to link with Crossrail at Old Oak Common.
The Hub is a very short walk from High Wycombe station and we held our AGM there for the first time following the start of through trains from Oxford.

Wednesday 16th November, at the Jericho Community Centre, 33a Canal Street, Oxford, OX2 6BQ.
A presentation from Network Rail about schemes and future plans for the Oxford corridor as a whole.

Tuesday 20th September 2016 at The Chamber, Bicester Town Council, The Garth, Launton Road, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX26 6PS.
Our guest speaker was Martin Tugwell, Director, who spoke on the activity and ambitions of the new Heartland Strategic Alliance Strategic Transport Forum.

Our 2016 Annual General Meeting was held at Oxford, on Saturday 16 April 2016 at the West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0BT.
Guest speaker was Chris Austin, co-author with Richard Faulkner of 'Disconnected: broken links in Britain's Rail Policy'.


click on No. to view, date to download:
No.94 - August 2018
No.93 - January 2018
No.92 - August 2017
No.91 - December 2016
No.90 - July 2016
No.89 - February 2016
No.88 - October 2015
No.87 - July 2015
No.86 - February 2015
No.85 - October 2014
No.84 - July 2014
No.83 - March 2014
No.82 - July 2013
No.81 - February 2013

Thames Valley on Twitter

In addition to the national Twitter feed @Railfuture, you can follow local news within the Thames Valley Branch at @RailfutureTV

Current campaigns

  • East-West Rail Route: Felixstowe-Ipswich-Cambridge-Bedford-Milton Keynes-Oxford
    • Find out more and register your support with Railfuture by clicking Ox-Cam
High Priority Projects
  • Chiltern’s Evergreen 3 and East-West Rail (Oxford – Marylebone and Oxford/Aylesbury – Milton Keynes.) Marylebone - Oxford Parkway (Water Eaton) opened October 2015 and Marylebone - Oxford in December 2016.
  • Oxford - Didcot corridor enhancement.
  • High Wycombe – Bourne End - Maidenhead - Heathrow re-opening and 2tph on Marlow branch.
  • Cowley branch line reopening to passengers.
  • Hanborough Station - more services and station/car park improvements.
  • Extra capacity and rebuilding/improving Oxford station (in addition to Chiltern's new platforms at the north end).
  • Western rail access to Heathrow from Slough and Reading.
  • Enhanced connectivity Oxford - Reading – Gatwick.
  • Safeguarding future potential freight terminal sites.
  • Oxford - Witney/Carterton corridor.
  • Grove/Wantage station reopening
  • New station at Aylesbury South for the new Garden Town proposal, also serving Stoke Mandeville Hospital (on the Amersham Line).
  • Quadrupling Didcot - Swindon & reintroduction of trains on the Oxford - Bristol axis.
Projects under way
  • Intercity Express Project.
  • Great Western main line electrification.
  • Crossrail west of London.
  • Improvements to the quality of Cross Country Trains services in next franchise.
  • High-speed 2 (HS2)including additional Chiltern route to Old Oak Common.
Longer Term Projects
  • Windsor Link Railway - connecting Windsor's two stations by a short tunnel section.
  • Oxford - Stratford (tourist link) via Honeybourne and Long Marston.
  • Rolling electrification programme.


  • events and key dates for rail campaigners

Thames Valley Rail User Groups

Rail user groups in the Thames Valley are shown on Railfuture's Regional List of Rail User Groups. The Regional List can be downloaded in PDF format here.


Email thamesvalley at railfuture.org.uk if you have any specific questions or comments about campaigns in the Thames Valley area.

Railfuture - The independent campaign for a better passenger and freight rail network

We need you - Join us!

Please go to the Join page to become a member of Railfuture.

Railfuture is the campaigning name for Railfuture Ltd, a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. Registered in England and Wales No. 05011634. Registered office: 24 Chedworth Place, Tattingstone, Suffolk IP9 2ND.

Rail User Express Rail Action