Preparing for the next EWR consultation

Understanding the formal process for a solution to London Road Crossing

Every person on Langford Village should be involved with the process beginning in June regarding the EWR proposals for the solution to London Road Crossing. 

On May 9th we all get a chance to understand this process before we see the proposals in the following month.

EWR are holding an event at Weyland Hall in Bicester from 2.00pm to 7.00pm on that day which is open to all.

This event is designed to help people understand the statutory consultation and Development Consent Order (DCO) processes. Members of the EWR DCO and engagement teams will attend to answer any questions and queries people might have.

These sessions are not formal consultation events and there will be no specific design information or proposals available to view, however that design information will of course be available at the statutory consultation, where there will then be the opportunity to share feedback about the proposals.

June will see the first phase of the statutory consultation and we will have sight of the first plans of the two proposed sites for a bridge for access to town to replace the London Road crossing at which people will be able to give feedback.

One of the proposals, as far as we know, is to have a bridge over the railway at Gavray Drive, anyone backing on to or near Gavray needs to be ready to comment as it would mean Gavray being turned into much busier road with an extra 7.000 vehicle  journeys daily. it also means we have lost an access road into town as that would feed into Launton Road.

The other proposal, as far as we know, is a curved bridge alongside London Road cutting through the carparks near the ambulance building and coming down along Station Approach, a much more sensible option retaining an existing road into town.

Whatever happens will have a huge impact on everyone south of London Road Crossing.


Chairman, Langford Village Community Association

London Road Level Crossing Update

The long awaited announcement by East West Rail on the future of the level crossing following public consultation in 2021 has now been made.

Click here to read the section of its latest document that is relevant to this.

For more advanced information on the issues and options that are contained in the Technical Report section of EWR’s latest information please click here

The main points are:

➡ The level crossing may now be able to remain open for traffic

➡ A new underpass or bridge for pedestrians there is a possibility

➡ A road bridge for traffic or a traffic underpass on London Road is ruled out

➡ A new road bridge crossing (that could be lifted into position) over a suitable route to the south or east of the existing crossing may be a possibility

➡ A detailed proposal for consultation will not be put forward until next year

Click here to read the latest comment by the LVCA Chairman.

A BBC South TV news report broadcast on 29th May can be viewed here

What are your thoughts now? Join in and comment on the LVCA’s facebook page.

London Road level crossing

East West Rail is holding a public event at the John Paul II Centre in Bicester on Wednesday 12th July 2023 between 2pm and 8pm. This is an opportunity to meet the EWR team and discuss latest announcements and plans surrounding the London Road level crossing.

London Road Level Crossing Report on Meridian TV

Meridian TV visited our area and broadcast a report on 30th March 2023 that focused on the issues and possible solutions to keeping a route open across the East West rail line at London Road when the new train services start.

Comments were provided by the Chair of Langford Village Community Association, Carole Hetherington, Oxfordshire County Councillor Calum Miller, and a number of local residents.

If you missed Natalie Verney’s report on broadcast tv, it’s still available to watch here.

Meridian TV’s Natalie Verney reports on Bicester’s London Road level crossing on 30th March 2023

What solution do you wish to see? Post a comment here or on the LVCA facebook page.

London Road Latest on BBC Radio Oxford

The Level Crossing at London Road in Bicester

LISTEN to the latest media coverage on the issue of Bicester’s London Road Level Crossing.

CLICK on the ▶ play button below

BBC Oxford David Prever Breakfast Club 21/3/23 at 0820

COMMENT on this post below or on the LVCA facebook page.

Charbridge Lane Update

The work to complete Charbridge Lane on the Bicester ring road is due to continue for a while yet. The rail track beneath the new bridge is due to start being laid in the summer.

The road is reopen to traffic and pedestrians again and the picture shows how the final realignment is planned when the work on the Langford side of the rail overbridge is complete.

East West Rail is communicating its news through Launton Parish Council and so if you’d like to read more please visit its website to see the latest post containing this information.

You’re always welcome to join in the conversations on the Langford Life facebook page too.

Final planned realignment of Charbridge Lane (Image produced by EWR)