Wolvercote Tunnel 24 August 2016

Freshly laid ballast, recently reprofiled cutting sides, and new fences all contribute to a completely different view of Wolvercote Tunnel compared to when the line from Oxford to Bicester was a little used single track byway. This view, taken on 24 August 2016, shows work underway to complete the line between Oxford to Oxford Parkway, forming a new mainline link to London. Behind the trees in the background, unconnected work is also underway on the A40 roundabout. I use the word 'work' loosely, as the improvements are scheduled to take an unbelievable 16 months, and Oxfordshire County Council have quite rightly been criticised for this laughable timescale. I am not the only one to report hardly ever seeing any work going on through the roadworks.