Minister Officially Opens New Multi-Million Pound Car Park at Banbury

The car park, which has 707 spaces, was opened by Baroness Kramer, Minister for Transport and Managing Director of Chiltern Railways, Rob Brighouse.

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

The improvements are a result of a £10 million investment in the future of Banbury station which has been funded by the Department for Transport and delivered by Chiltern Railways, who worked closely with Network Rail.

As part of the station transformation, the company has reconfigured the entire layout of the first floor station concourse to create a more user friendly space.  There is a new gate line to improve station security, a brand new information point and waiting area for passengers as well as a larger cafe.

Dave Hooper, Executive Director at Osborne said:  “This project was a fantastic opportunity for Osborne to demonstrate its skills in delivering important new parking facilities at Banbury Station with a minimum of disruption to the travelling public.  Careful planning and collaborative working at all stages enabled work to be completed on time, within budget with excellent results.”

 Transport Minister 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 £38bn is being invested to improve and maintain them over the next five years.”

Liam Sumpter, Area Director for Network Rail, said: “The improved station facilities and increased parking at Banbury station are the latest examples of the industry responding to meet the demands of an increasing number of people who are travelling by train. We are committed to providing passengers with the best possible experience and will continue to invest in and develop the network as part of our commitment to provide a better railway.”