High-speed rail link services between London Marylebone and Oxford open


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A new £320m high-speed rail link service between London Marylebone and Oxford has now opened, the new services began on Sunday.

The very first weekday services left Oxford’s main station at 5.36am and London Marylebone at 6.09am on Monday morning.

Two trains will operate per hour between the stations, with journey times from around 60 minutes.

Rail bosses claim the service will give passengers “real choice and flexibility”.

Annual season tickets between Oxford and London will cost £4,920 from January 2 due to an annual price increase.

A huge 850,000 train journeys are expected to be taken from Oxford on the new year services.

Network Rail contributed £190m towards the project whilst Chiltern Railways invested £130m.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling told the Evening Standard: “This is the first new rail link between a major British city and the capital in 100 years and also a shining example of partnership working between the private and public sector.”

“From today travellers to and from London Marylebone and Oxford will get increased choice, more trains and faster journey times.”