Wantage & Grove would benefit from a railway station being re-opened in the area as soon as possible. GWR installed a railway station in 1846 at Grove but sadly it was closed in 1964. Since 1964 the population has increased significantly and the roads have become busier to the point where journeys can sometimes take upwards of 1 hour to Oxford by car during peak times. The business case: The initial assessment shows that a new Wantage and Grove station could be viable with a Benefit Cost Ratio (BCR) of 2.48 – i.e. a return of £2.48 for every £1 spent on the scheme. This is regarded as ‘high value for money’ by the Department for transport. Wantage & Grove Station is needed with a growing population in the area of over c.34,000 (Wantage, Grove, East Challow & local villages). Journey times by public transport (Bus) are currently 55 minutes (Stagecoach; S9) to 1 hour 18 minutes (Thames Travel; X1). Furthermore it has been well documented that there is a bus driver shortage in Oxford and services can be unreliable at times. Journey times by train could be under 32 minutes (GWR or Chiltern Railways). The train operating service is likely to remove several thousand car/van journeys off the busy roads and reduce travel times by bus of upto 46 minutes. Journey time from Wantage to Oxford station by car can take 30 minutes (Off-Peak) to 1 hour (Peak). There’s also the benefit of possible services to London, Banbury, Didcot, Oxford, Swindon, Bristol, Birmingham, South Wales and onto the EWR route. Wantage & Grove as well as East Challow has a similar population to Didcot, Oxfordshire but we don’t have a Station. There’s also the case of why does Radley, Appleford, Cholsey & Culham have a station for such low population?