WORK affecting thousands of Bicester residents using a busy level crossing must be done now to stop key rail works becoming an ‘absolute nightmare’, councillors have urged.
Worries over the second phase of the East West Rail project will be sent to the transport secretary Chris Grayling after they were supported unanimously by Oxfordshire county councillors this week.
A central concern is that motorists will be held up at London Road crossing for up to 45 minutes every hour once East West Rail services begin.
Bicester town councillor Michael Waine said he had been met with a ‘brick wall’ when asking for more information from East West Rail over a possible bridge over the crossing – which could cost £44m – or a £65m tunnel.
He said officers had argued it was beyond the scope of the project's 'Phase 2', which involves work from Bicester to Bedford.
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