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PRIVATISATION DELAYS PROGRESS ON REOPENING RAIL STATION

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The reopening of Grove railway station, Oxfordshire, seems no closer following the latest meeting of the county cou...
The reopening of Grove railway station, Oxfordshire, seems no closer following the latest meeting of the county council's public transport committee, reports BBC Oxford.

The council wants to encourage train operators to provide an hourly service between Oxford and Swindon. But the councillor for Grove, John Jones, who was at yesterday's meeting, says rail privatisation has held back the reopening of the station.

He commented: 'We have put a lot of commitment and effort into this and if we can get government grant to do the station , that's probably as far as we can go.

'There is a limit to what you can put into public transport and we think we are putting in quite a lot. What we want is the real interest of a train operator who says,'Yes, I want to be there'.

'Maybe will not get that until the privatisation issue has actually, perhaps not gone away, but in some way cleared up and settled down'.

The county council reached agreement to rebuild and reopen another station before British Rail was split into separate operating companies. The agreement was concluded in a simple exchange of letters between the county council and BR. Now at least seven separate companies have an interest in the proposal to reopen Grove station.

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