Charlbury and Ascott-under-Wychwood stations get new platforms

Charlbury station's new platform
Image caption Charlbury station's new platform opened on Monday morning

Two platforms at Charlbury and Ascott-under-Wychwood stations in Oxfordshire have re-opened to passengers for the first time in 40 years.

Formerly disused tracks are being brought back as part of a £70m scheme on the North Cotswold line between Oxford and Worcester.

When the scheme is complete 21 miles of extra track will ease congestion and reduce delays to the larger network.

Network Rail says the work will bring benefits to thousands of passengers.

The stations at Charlbury and Ascott-under-Wychwood will also be improved with step-free access, new lighting and real-time digital passenger information systems.

The final stage of the scheme to bring back the remaining 15.5 miles of track between Evesham and Moreton-in-Marsh will take place during August.

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