Rail works which were set to close Oxford Railway Station this weekend have been postponed so people can travel to London to pay their respects to the Queen, ahead of the monarch’s funeral.

The station was due to be closed on both Saturday and Sunday as part of a £161 million project which will see it upgraded.

A spokesperson for Great Western Railway told this newspaper that the works have been postponed and will take place on a future date, however that has yet to be set by Network Rail.

Work on September 24 and 25 and October 1 and 2 are still expected to go ahead as normal.

Once the work is complete journey times between Oxford and Bicester will be cut by two minutes and there will be capacity to accommodate additional services at the station.

A Network Rail spokesperson said: "The rail industry is doing all it can to ensure people can travel to pay their respects during the period of mourning.

"Where possible, we will be running some extra services and postponing engineering work.

"Customers should check journey planners for the most up to date information."


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This story was written by Sophie Perry. She joined the team in 2021 as a digital reporter.

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