Oxford

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. 

We have also started work on the sidings north of Oxford Station. The up carriage siding will be moved further east and a fifth siding has now been installed and is operational. This means that Number 4 and 5 sidings are currently being used more frequently by GWR Trains whilst Number 2 and 3 sidings are being renewed. Number 3 siding will shortly be commissioned and be available for operational use. Number 1 and 2 sidings are expected to be available in May 2018.

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.

Local work schedule

The table below shows bridges and other structures that we need to modify for electrification, along with work we're carrying out currently and any temporary road closures and diversions.

Work due to start in the future is subject to approval by the local council.
StructureDrop-in sessionClosure date(s)Diversion route Additional information
Oxford Station---Work is continuing at the station.
Tuckwell Level Crossing-Saturday 16 December to Wednesday 27 December 2017-Following the initial work in the summer, we now need to return during this period to complete the level crossing replacement work.

Christmas 2017 works - drop-in event

Friday 8 December 2017 - 3pm to 6.30pm
Jericho Community Centre 33A Canal St, Oxford OX2 6BQ

We are holding a drop-in event to answer your questions and provide you with information about the work. More information can also be found in our drop-in invitation and neighbour letter.

De-vegetation

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

Last updated 07 December 2017