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Oxford Parkway railway station

oxford parkway railway station
Oxford Parkway railway station is a railway station at Water Eaton, Oxfordshire, on the railway line between Oxford and Islip Full regular weekday service began on Monday 26 October 2015,2 although the first passengers travelled the previous day on a Sunday timetable3

The station, whose name was changed in September 2013 from the provisional "Water Eaton Parkway",45 lies between Kidlington and Oxford beside the existing Water Eaton park-and-ride site66 It serves Kidlington, north Oxford and nearby villages The station forms part of a multi-modal transport interchange node, connecting travellers by bus, cycle, on foot and by car with rail transport It is also intended to attract park-and-ride traffic from the busy A34, A40 and A44 roads

Services to Oxford started on 11 December 201678


  • 1 Description
  • 2 Grain Silo
  • 3 Construction
  • 4 Services
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


The station is part of Project Evergreen 3, funded and managed by Chiltern Railways It is served every half-hour by trains from London Marylebone Chiltern Railways opened the station in October 2015 for trains towards Bicester and London Marylebone, with services to Oxford railway station beginning in December 2016, delayed from Spring 2016 as locals objected to the extra noise that would be caused910 The journey time to London is about an hour Network Rail completed the final track upgrades on this portion of the route in September 201611 allowing driver training runs on the line ahead of the inauguration of new services on 11 December

The East West Rail Consortium's planned rail service between Oxford and Milton Keynes Central and Bedford Midland will also serve Oxford Parkway12

The station is on the site of the Buckinghamshire Railway's temporary Oxford Banbury Road terminus 1850–51, and north-east of the site of the former Oxford Road Halt 1905–26 In 1942 a Government grain silo was built next to the site as part of a Second World War network to concentrate scarce food and distribute it by rail It was in use until the late 1980s13 In October 2013 Chiltern Railways had it demolished as part of site preparation for the new station and car park14

The station in November 2015, soon after opening

Water Eaton Park-and-Ride is immediately adjacent, with bus services to central Oxford15 and to the Headington hospitals Monday to Friday only16

The station lies on National Cycle Route 51, which links Oxford to Bicester and further East17 Oxford Parkway has covered two-level parking for 152 pedal cycles adjacent to the entrance, additional to the existing cycle parking at the nearby Park & Ride It has CCTV surveillance18

The car park has 815 standard spaces, plus 41 spaces for passengers with reduced mobility There is realtime information about remaining available spaces19 There is a fee to park a car6 but the first hour is free There are also spaces for 30 motorcycles

Purchase of rail travel tickets is by machine; there is no ticket office at the station,18 but there is an information desk Toilet and refreshment facilities are also present

Grain Siloedit

Prior to the station's construction, the site was occupied by a large Grain Silo This followed a standard pattern common to other wartime silos, taking the form of two banks of ten seven-storey high cylindrical reinforced concrete silos side by side with the space between them filled by a brick access shaft In the shaft there were associated grain handling machinery and two enormous grain driers which extended the full height of the building It was built in the early 1940s and closed in the late 1980s, after which the yard surrounding it was used by several local businesses including a pet food supplier and a car breaker20


Platforms under construction in April 2015, looking towards Islip

Building of the station began in late October 2014 and was sufficiently advanced for services to begin 12 months later


Preceding station National Rail Following station
Oxford   Chiltern Railways
London Marylebone – Oxford
or Bicester Village
  Future services  
Oxford   East West Rail Link
Reading – Bedford or Milton Keynes
  Bicester Village


  1. ^ "Oxford Parkway opens" Today's Railways UK Platform 5 168: 14–15 November 2015 
  2. ^ "UPDATE: First trains from Oxford Parkway arrive at London Marylebone From Oxford Mail" Oxfordmailcouk Retrieved 2015-10-27 
  3. ^ "Keen passengers board the first trains to leave Oxford Parkway From Oxford Mail" Oxfordmailcouk Retrieved 2015-10-27 
  5. ^ "Chiltern Railways names new Oxfordshire station Oxford Parkway" Press release Chiltern Railways 20 September 2013 Retrieved 20 September 2013 
  6. ^ a b c "Water Eaton park and ride – OX2 8HA | Oxfordshire County Council" Oxfordshiregovuk 2015-09-22 Retrieved 2015-10-27 
  7. ^ "New Chiltern Railways timetable from December 11th 2016" PDF Chiltern Railways Retrieved 3 December 2016 
  8. ^ Ltd, swlines "Realtime Trains | 1Y03 0743 Oxford to London Marylebone" wwwrealtimetrainscouk Retrieved 2016-12-11 
  9. ^ "Oxford-Marylebone service delayed until December" 
  10. ^ "Chiltern's Oxford city centre-London services pushed to December" 
  11. ^ "Oxford to Marylebone track now complete"Network Rail Media Centre press release 21 September 2016
  12. ^ "Prospectus" PDF East West Rail Consortium Retrieved 14 December 2011 
  13. ^ Memory Lane 21 October 2013 "a look back at the history of the Water Eaton grain silo as wartime facility nears its end" Oxford Mail Newsquest Retrieved 13 December 2013 
  14. ^ Fantato, Damian 2 November 2013 "Water Eaton grain silo is demolished" Oxford Mail Newsquest Retrieved 13 December 2013 
  15. ^ "500 : park&ride : Oxford Bus Company" Parkandrideoxfordbuscouk 2015-10-22 Retrieved 2015-10-27 
  16. ^ "Stagecoach Bus Timetable" PDF Stagecoachbuscom Retrieved 2015-10-27 
  17. ^ "Route 51 – Map" Sustrans Retrieved 2015-10-27 
  18. ^ a b "National Rail Enquiries – Station facilities for Oxford Parkway" Nationalrailcouk Retrieved 2015-10-27 
  19. ^ "Park and ride car parks" Voyageroxfordshiregovuk Retrieved 2015-10-27 
  20. ^ "a look back at the history of the Water Eaton grain silo as wartime facility nears its end" Oxford Mail Retrieved 2016-12-03 

External linksedit

  • Chiltern Railways official home page
  • Evergreen 3 Project

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