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Oxford railway station

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Oxford railway station is a mainline railway station serving the city of Oxford, England It is about 05 miles 800 m west of the city centre, north-west of Frideswide Square and the eastern end of Botley Road It is on the line for trains between London Paddington and Hereford via Worcester Shrub Hill It is a starting point for fast and local trains to London Paddington and London Marylebone, and for local trains to Reading, Worcester Shrub Hill and Foregate stations, and Banbury It is also on the north/south Cross Country Route from Manchester Piccadilly and Newcastle via Birmingham New Street and Reading to Bournemouth The station is managed by Great Western Railway, and also served by CrossCountry and Chiltern Railways trains Immediately to the north is Sheepwash Channel Railway Bridge over the Sheepwash Channel

Contents

  • 1 History
  • 2 Plans
    • 21 Further expansion
    • 22 Project Evergreen 3
  • 3 Services
  • 4 Notes
  • 5 References
  • 6 Bibliography
  • 7 External links

Historyedit

A GWR 2-8-0 at oxford in 1965

The Great Western Railway GWR opened to Oxford on 12 June 18441 with a terminus station in what is now Western Road, Grandpont In 1845 the Oxford and Rugby Railway ORR began to build its line, starting from a junction at New Hinksey 075 miles 12 km south of the GWR terminus The junction was known as Millstream Junction, and was between the future sites of Hinksey Halt and Abingdon Road Halt, both of which were opened in 1908 The GWR took over the ORR while it was still being built, and opened the line as far as Banbury on 2 September 1850 For just over two years, trains from Oxford to Banbury started at Grandpont, and had to reverse at Millstream Junction in order to continue their journey2

The ORR line included a new through station in Park End Street, so when this opened with the extension of the line from Banbury to Birmingham on 1 October 1852, the original Grandpont terminus was closed to passenger services13 The old station at Grandpont became a goods depot, but was closed completely on 26 November 1872, the day that the broad gauge tracks were removed north of Didcot The site of the station was then sold, as was the trackbed from Millstream Junction, some 66 chains 1,300 m in length45

Major subsequent changes were removal of the last 7 ft 0 1⁄4 in 2,140 mm gauge tracks in 1872 and of the train shed in 1890–1 The station was substantially rebuilt by the Western Region of British Railways in 1971, further improvements being carried out during 1974 including the provision of a new travel centre,6 and the new main building and footbridge were added in 1990 by Network South East

The station has always been busy In addition to current services, formerly there were others over the Wycombe Railway, Oxford, Witney and Fairford Railway, and Blenheim and Woodstock Branch Line a Through trains from the north to the Southern Railway also typically changed locomotives at Oxford

It was for a time known as Oxford General station to distinguish it from the London and North Western Railway's Oxford Rewley Road terminus of the Varsity Line to Cambridge, which was adjacent and came under joint management in 1933 On 1 October 1951 British Railways closed Rewley Road station to passengers and transferred its services to the former GWR station1

South of the station immediately west of the railway tracks is Osney Cemetery, established in 1848 just before the current station site Nearby is the site of the former Osney Abbey

Plansedit

Further expansionedit

In November 2009 it was announced that Oxford station would be expanded A £10 million joint development between Network Rail and Oxfordshire County Council would create a new platform on part of the station’s long-stay car park The new platform south of platform 1 would allow trains to arrive and depart from the same track and reduce the need for empty trains to be shunted around the station Currently, in busy periods trains can be kept waiting outside of the station for a platform to become available

A new covered footbridge would also be built over Botley Road to link the station building with the new platform, replacing the existing footbridge to the car park The new platform was to have been brought into use during 2011, and was to be part of the city and county councils' West End Area Action Plan for the western part of the city centre, which also considers other rail projects such as Evergreen 3 and the Paddington – Oxford electrification9

Planning permission has been granted for the expansion to support the proposed Chiltern Railway's service to London Marylebone 10 with a proposed launch date for the service of 12 December 201611 Meanwhile, Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council and Network Rail have developed a masterplan for further development of the station12

Chiltern Railways has raised the possibility of developing a service between Oxford and the Cowley branch line13

Flood remediation work south of the station at Hinksey will see services at the station curtailed & replaced by buses to/from Didcot Parkway for two weeks in July and August 2016 This will see the trackbed raised by 2 feet 065 m and new culverts installed to reduce the impact of flooding from the nearby River Thames upon the railway which has caused service interruptions on several occasions in recent years Concurrent bridge repair work at Hanborough and signalling alterations at Banbury will also be carried out over this period The £18 million scheme was completed on 15 August 201614

Project Evergreen 3edit

A Chitlern railways service at Oxford in 2017 Main article: Chiltern Railways § Evergreen 3

In August 2008 Chiltern Railways announced Project Evergreen 3, a proposal to construct a 025 miles 400 m chord between the Oxford to Bicester Line and the Chiltern Main Line, to allow a new Oxford to London Marylebone service to run via Bicester Village and High Wycombe Work began in 2014:15 the project has been completed as far as Oxford Parkway railway station and the Oxford Parkway/Bicester/Marylebone service commenced on 26 October 2015 The line between Bicester and Oxford Parkway has been doubled and a new station has been built at Oxford Parkway Services will start from Oxford to Marylebone in December 2016, delayed from Spring 2016 as locals objected to the extra noise that would be caused1617 Network Rail completed the final stages of track relaying in the Wolvercote Tunnel & Peartree areas in September 2016, and Chiltern Railways began services from Oxford to Oxford Parkway on 11 December 2016181920

From 2019, this route out of Oxford will be shared with the western section of East West Rail 21 on the former Varsity Line to Winslow, Bletchley, Milton Keynes Central and Bedford

The scheme also includes two new platforms at Oxford station, to be built on the site of the disused parcels depot The new platforms will initially be five carriages in length, but provision will be made for them to be extended southwards to eight carriages22

Servicesedit

A CrossCountry Class 220 passing a GWR Class 165 at Oxford

Great Western Railway run two fast trains per hour to London Paddington via Reading and two stopping services to London Paddington The stopping trains mainly originate here a small number come from Banbury, however some fast trains continue to and from Worcester and Hereford

Chiltern Railways run two fast trains per hour to London Marylebone via High Wycombe These also call at the nearby Oxford Parkway Chiltern Railways also provide a limited peak-hour service to Stratford-upon-Avon

CrossCountry run trains twice per hour to Reading, of which three trains per two hours continue to Southampton central and one train per hour continues on from Southampton central to Bournemouth These trains come from Manchester and Newcastle via Birmingham New street


A 1902 Railway Clearing House map of railways in the Oxford area
Preceding station National Rail Following station
Banbury or Tackley   Chiltern Railways
Stratford-upon-Avon – Oxford
Limited Serviceb
  Terminus
Oxford Parkway   Chiltern Railways
London Marylebone - Oxford
  Terminus
Banbury   CrossCountry
Manchester – Bournemouth
  Reading
  CrossCountry
Newcastle – Reading and beyond
 
Hanborough or Terminus   Great Western Railway
Cotswold Line
  Didcot Parkway or Reading
Tackley or
Terminus
  Great Western Railway
Cherwell Valley Line
  Radley
  Future services  
Oxford Parkway   East West Rail
Reading - Bedford or Milton Keynes Central
  Didcot Parkway
Historical railways
Wolvercot Platform
Line open; station closed
  Great Western Railway
Great Western Main Line
  Hinksey Halt
Line open; station closed

Notesedit

  1. ^ The recently published Lost Railways of Oxfordshire7 gives information on all three of these services and The Woodstock Branch8 gives an overview of how the service to Oxford changed over the line's life
  2. ^ Currently one train per weekday from Stratford-upon-Avon to Oxford which returns as a stopping service to Banbury23

Referencesedit

  1. ^ a b c Butt, RVJ 1995 The Directory of Railway Stations Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd p 179 ISBN 1-85260-508-1 R508 
  2. ^ MacDermot, ET 1927 History of the Great Western Railway, vol I: 1833–1863 Paddington: Great Western Railway p 300 
  3. ^ MacDermot 1927, pp 322, 324–327
  4. ^ Cooke, BWC, ed November 1957 "The Why and the Wherefore: Original Station at Oxford" The Railway Magazine Westminster: Tothill Press 103 679: 816 
  5. ^ MacDermot, ET 1931 History of the Great Western Railway, vol II: 1863–1921 Paddington: Great Western Railway pp 65–66, 599 
  6. ^ Slater, JN, ed July 1974 "Notes and News: Travel Centre for Oxford Station" Railway Magazine London: IPC Transport Press Ltd 120 879: 361 ISSN 0033-8923 
  7. ^ Moors, Terry 2009 Lost Railways of Oxfordshire First ed Newbury, Berkshire: Countryside Books ISBN 978 1 84674 110 4 
  8. ^ Lingard, Richard 1973 The Woodstock Branch First ed Oxford: Oxford Publishing Co ISBN 978 0 902888 23 4 
  9. ^ Little, Reg 26 November 2009 "Grand plans for Oxford's train station" The Oxford Times Oxford: Newsquest Oxfordshire Ltd pp 1, 3 
  10. ^ "Oxford City planning approval" Oxford City Council planning Oxford City Council Retrieved 24 January 2016 
  11. ^ "Press release 20 Jan 2016" Press Releases Chiltern Railways Chiltern Railways Retrieved 24 January 2016 
  12. ^ "Masterplan" Oxford Station masterplan Oxford City Council Retrieved 24 January 2016 
  13. ^ "Chiltern railways to Cowley" Two new railway stations planned for Oxford railcouk Retrieved 29 January 2016 
  14. ^ "Network Rail to carry out flood alleviation work to improve railway reliability for passengers"Network Rail press release 26 July 2016; Retrieved 1 August 2016
  15. ^ "Closure of Oxford to Bicester" Future engineering work Network Rail Retrieved 29 January 2016 
  16. ^ "Oxford-Marylebone service delayed until December" 
  17. ^ "Chiltern's Oxford city centre-London services pushed to December" 
  18. ^ Ltd, swlines "Realtime Trains | 1Y03 0743 Oxford to London Marylebone" wwwrealtimetrainscouk Retrieved 2016-12-11 
  19. ^ "Chiltern Railways Timetable from December 11" PDF 
  20. ^ "Oxford to Marylebone track now complete"Network Rail Media Centre press release 21 September 2016; Retrieved 22 September 2016
  21. ^ "East West Rail" Home - East West Rail East West Rail Consortium Retrieved 24 January 2016 
  22. ^ "Chiltern Railways plan to make Bicester well connected" Railnews 2008-08-29 Retrieved 2008-09-07 not in citation given
  23. ^ "December 2015 Timetable" PDF Winter and Spring Train Times Chiltern Railways Retrieved 24 January 2016 

Bibliographyedit

  • Vaughan, Adrian 1994 The Heart of the Great Western Great Addington: Silver Link Publishing ISBN 1-85794-026-1 
  • Waters, Laurence 1986 Rail Centres: Oxford Ian Allan ISBN 0-7110-1590-2 

External linksedit

  • Chiltern Railways Evergreen 3 project

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