ERM provides EIA and stakeholder engagement support for Chiltern's proposed new Oxford to London route

Chiltern Railways has engaged ERM to carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and co-ordinate an extensive stakeholder engagement programme as part of the company's plans to develop a new rail route between Oxford and London Marylebone.

The EIA, which includes detailed studies in areas such as noise, visual impacts, crossings and ecology is designed to mitigate any impacts the scheme may have on local residents, the countryside, wildlife, buildings and archaeology. Three public exhibitions in Oxford, Kidlington and Bicester have attracted more than 90% support for the new route which will be created by upgrading the existing route between Oxford and Bicester Town and by building a short connecting line south east of Bicester, linking the Oxford to Bicester and London Marylebone to Birmingham lines.

If all goes according to plan, Chiltern Railways hopes to commence services by 2013 and will be applying for the necessary Order and permissions under the Transport and Works Act later this year.

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