We're modernising the Great Western route to bring passengers faster, more frequent, more reliable services. 

On this page you can find out about the work we'll be doing in the Oxford area and when its due to take place.

More about our work to electrify the railway

Oxford Corridor works

Both passenger and freight traffic through Oxford continues to grow so we will deliver a package of schemes to increase capacity, connections and route availability for passengers and freight operators.

  • We are modernising the existing 1960s signalling, which will make train services travelling through Oxford, Didcot and Reading more reliable.
  • We will maintain, upgrade and remodel the track layout around Oxford station. Resignalling, track remodelling and upgrades will allow trains to travel faster, resulting in passengers, commuters and local businesses having access to a brand new half-hourly London Marylebone to Oxford service.

This investment in the Oxford area will help to grow and support the local economy and will mean that Oxfordshire residents and businesses will be even better connected to places, business, jobs and opportunities.

For further information read our Oxford fact sheet.

Oxford Corridor phase 1 works

In mid-September we started work on phase 1 of our track and resignalling package of works. This phase consists mainly of replacing track, as well as points and signalling work. This will unlock much needed track capacity through the station and is also required to enable electrification in the area.

Oxford Station

Work is continuing at the station with work continuing to clad the new building, install the canopies over the platforms, as well as building a new gate line at the end of platform 1.  Once operational by the end of 2018, this will help ease congestion through the main gate line on platform 3.  During July our activity in the station area will increase and we will be raising part of platform 3 to allow for passengers to board and alight from trains more easily.

Up carriage sidings (North of Oxford Station)

Work is continuing at the up carriage sidings north of Oxford Station. The majority of the new track is in place with siding 3, 4 and 5 being used.  Sidings 1 and 2 will come into operation at the end of July. New low level lighting has been installed along the drivers walkways and will come into use by October 2018.

Summer work: Hinksey, Oxford Station and Wolvercote

The work, carried out between Saturday 7 July and Monday (23 July), included track and civil work on sidings, the raising of platforms to reduce stepping distances for passengers, canopy installation and work on Oxford’s new accommodation building.

We also completed the closure of Oxford signal box – redirecting signal control to the Thames Valley Signal Centre at Didcot.

The changes will allow for increased line speeds in the area and better regulation of passenger and freight trains through the station. New power supplies for signals were installed to provide a more reliable signal system. Teams worked around the clock, with more than 150 colleagues on site each day, delivering a total of 90,000 hours to complete the work ahead of schedule this week.

Over the coming months work will continue in the station area and on track to finish off all of Phase 1 work.  The newly installed track is now much quieter, due to new track bed and formation, than the life expired assets that were in place and we hope our neighbours have noticed this difference.

Hot work

Project teams overcame a series of challenges in the lead-up to the work. Following the collapse of previously appointed main contractor Carillion, Network Rail colleagues worked together to ensure that the team was able to deliver the blockade as Western Enhancements Delivery (WED) team, sharing in-house capability and expertise.

Oxford Corridor phase 0 works

We have started to erect the new and updated operational building to the east of the station in its new location. This building houses not only facilities for station staff but is used as storage for the retail units and also by Rail Gourmet to prepare food for its on train service.

You can see and download an image of the eastern elevation of the new building.

While work continues, the short stay and disabled car park spaces will remain at the north end of Beckett Street car park, close to the pedestrian bridge over Botley Road. You can see and download an image of the temporary layout of Beckett Street car park.


Before starting any piling work we may need to clear overgrown vegetation running alongside the line.

Find out more about why and how we manage vegetation