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We're modernising the Great Western route to bring passengers faster, more frequent and more reliable services. The project includes upgrading our infrastructure so that the route can be electrified

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. We will also be building two new bay platforms at Oxford station to accommodate the second direct train service from Oxford into central London.
  • We will be electrifying the Oxford line. This will allow a fleet of cleaner, greener and more reliable Super Express trains to run. These will have 20 per cent more seats.
  • We expect to start running the new fleet of trains to start running in 2019.

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

From mid-September we will be starting 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 expect to electrify to Oxford by 2024.

We will soon start work on the sidings north of Oxford Station. The up carriage siding will be moved further east and a fifth siding installed, with the access road moving even further to the East.  We will shortly be writing to our neighbours in the area to start a series of engagement meetings to provide further information on this work. A map showing the working areas can be found at download the phase 1 map.

Oxford Corridor phase 0 works

Phase 0 is the package of works required to enable the new Chiltern service to run directly to London Marylebone. The new services are now running with Chiltern Railways running regular services from Oxford, Oxford Parkway to Marylebone.

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.

Phase 0 work has culminated in the closure of Aristotle Lane level crossing. The new footbridge and side span have been installed and are open to the public. Download the phase 0 map.

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.

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 has begun on the bay platforms which need to be re-aligned and lengthened to increase capacity to allow East West Rail to run trains direct to London via Oxford Parkway. The overall programme will take approximately 12 months and during this time, the short stay and disabled car park is to be relocated to the Botley Road car park. The new platforms at Oxford Station have opened allowing Chiltern Railways to run trains from Oxford Station to Marylebone. Work is continuing at the station while we complete our work to the accommodation building.
Aristotle Lane Bridge---The bridge deck and ramp have been lifted into position and the footbridge is now opening. The level crossing has also been closed. The side span is expect to open shortly.
Oxford sidings March 2017April 2017 -Work to create five sidings will be starting later this year and will include moving the access track further east. More information about starting date and times will be available in due course.


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 31 January 2017