Oxford Parkway train station building 'almost complete'

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The main structure of a new train station for Oxford is nearing completion, ready for work inside to begin in the new year.

Work on Oxford Parkway began at the end of October, with the station due to open in summer 2015.

Located north of the city just off the A34, near Water Eaton park and ride, it will serve the new £130m railway line from Oxford to London Marylebone.

It is the first railway station to be built in Oxford for nearly 80 years.

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image captionThe new station will have level access, 100 cycle spaces and more than 800 car parking spaces
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image captionCladding is being added to protect the building from the elements before work begins inside

The station is being built on the site of the derelict Water Eaton silo, which was demolished in October 2013.

The rail service, also starting in summer 2015, will run from Oxford Parkway to London Marylebone in under an hour and, from 2016, will run through from Oxford city centre to London Marylebone.

Chiltern Railways managing director Rob Brighouse said: "Oxford Parkway will transform travel between Oxford and London when it launches in summer 2015.

"Our new station and service will provide significant economic, social and environmental benefits for people in Oxfordshire."

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image captionOxford Parkway is the first station to be built in the city since 1935
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image captionThe station is being built on the site of the derelict Water Eaton silo, demolished in October

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