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Cowley line passenger train service planned for Oxford

Oxford Parkway plans Image copyright Chiltern Railways
Image caption Chiltern Railways is already opening new station Oxford Parkway in 2015 as part of its Oxford to London line

Chiltern Railways has revealed plans for a passenger service to run on the Cowley branch in Oxfordshire.

The line, currently only used for freight, would see two new stations on the route at Oxford Science Park and Oxford Business Park.

The train operator said the plans would bring "significant economic benefits" to local businesses and "improve connectivity" among local communities.

If plans are approved the passenger service would operate from 2020.

Chiltern Railways is running a charter train for business leaders and stakeholders on 5 November to show how the service would work.

It comes as the operator prepares to open its Oxford to London line in September 2015, the first new rail link between London and a major British city in more than 100 years.

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