Oxford Railway Station will be closed this weekend as a £161 million project to improve the station continues.

Lines in and out of the Park End Street station will be closed both this weekend and next, as part of a National Rail plan. 

These closures are to allow work on the upgrade of the station to continue, which aims to increase capacity to accommodate additional services from 2024.

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Work is planned to be carried out on the track to create three high-speed crossovers (increasing from 25mph to 75mph) at Oxford North Junction which is on the line between Walton Well and Aristotle bridges.

Once complete, it will cut journey times between Oxford and Bicester by two minutes, as well as increasing capacity for additional services, said Network Rail.

There will be no trains between DidcotBanbury and Hanborough from 10/11 September and following weekends until 1/2 October.

The next station closure dates are as follows:

Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September

Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October

Replacement bus service

Great Western Railway will be operating a regular bus service between Didcot Parkway, Oxford and Hanborough. Visit the Great Western Railway website for further information.

CrossCountry will be operating a regular bus service between Didcot, Oxford and Banbury.

Visit the CrossCountry website for further information.

Passengers wishing to travel to or from London on these weekends should use the Chiltern Railways service that operates between London Marylebone and Oxford Parkway. There will be buses available from Oxford Parkway to take passengers into the city centre. Anyone wanting to travel to or from Bicester should use the Chiltern Railways service that runs from Oxford Parkway.

Local buses:

  • 2 between Kidlington, Oxford Parkway and Oxford
  • 7 between Woodstock, Oxford Parkway and Oxford
  • X2 between Didcot and Oxford • X3 between Abington, Didcot and Oxford
  • X32 between Wantage, Didcot and Oxford
  • S3 between Charlbury, Oxford Parkway and Oxford
  • Longer distance buses:
  • S2 between Cheltenham and Oxford
  • S4 between Banbury and Oxford
  • S6 between Swindon and Oxford
  • Oxford Tube between London Victoria and Oxford
  • The airline from Oxford to Heathrow and Gatwick airports

Visit the Stagecoach and Oxford Bus Company for further information.


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

You can get in touch with her by emailing: sophie.perry@newsquest.co.uk

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