CHOO-CHOO ME HOME: Commuting just got easier for bargain hunters heading to Bicester Village, the fashion and luxury outlet center near Oxford, England.
A new, dedicated station has opened with a 56-minute service from London’s Marylebone station to Bicester Village Station. It’s a few minutes’ walk from the shopping center, which boasts outlet stores from fashion and luxury labels including Gucci, Dior, Stella McCartney, Fendi, Marni, Smythson and Rupert Sanderson.
The new section of rail network is part of a larger project linking greater Oxford with London, and was paid for by Chiltern Railways, which has invested 130 million pounds, or $195 million at current exchange, in the Bicester track and station.
Two trains an hour will operate along the route, which is meant partly to relieve the highway traffic around Oxford, which looks to get even busier: Bicester Village is predicting that shoppers arriving by rail in 2016 will exceed 300,000.
A shuttle service to Bicester Village will remain in operation from Bicester North station. Until now, shoppers could drive, take the train to Bicester North, and a shuttle bus to the village, or hop a bus from Victoria Station in London.