We are looking to increase capacity at Oxford station to accommodate additional services planned for 2024

The rail infrastructure in the Oxford Station area is close to full capacity and currently wouldn’t be able to accommodate the increase in services planned for 2024. Therefore, to increase capacity, ‘Oxford Corridor Phase 2’ is being developed, and subject to funding, will provide a number of improvements.

Key benefits

  • New platform with improved passenger facilities to significantly improve station capacity from 2024.
  • New secondary station entrance on the western side of the railway to improve accessibility and passenger experience.
  • Replacement and upgrade of Botley Road bridge, with addition of 4-metre cycle/footway on each side to encourage walking and cycling.
  • Additional height clearance of new bridge will mean standard size double-decker buses will be able to pass underneath for the first time.
  • Realignment of Roger Dudman Way to create safer road layout for junctions with Botley Road.
  • Closure of level crossings at Yarnton Lane and Sandy Lane, as well as creation of three high-speed crossovers at Oxford North Junction. This will:
    1. Improve safety of the line
    2. Create capacity for additional Oxford to Birmingham passenger services
    3. Reduce journey times by up to two minutes
    4. Increase in capacity to accommodate an additional 12 freight trains per day

Our plans

We have been carrying out public engagement with various stakeholders from across the city, including a virtual public meeting where the project team talked through the plans. You can watch and download the presentation below.

Further information about the plans will be announced over the coming months, but if you have any questions, please contact us via OxfordPhase2@networkrail.co.uk

Next steps

In order to acquire the necessary land, we submitted an application for a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) to the Secretary of State for Transport. If approved, this will grant Network Rail the powers to acquire the land and rights necessary for the works to be delivered. Network Rail will seek to use compulsory purchase powers only after all reasonable practicable means to negotiate their voluntary acquisition have been exhausted. The TWAO documents we have submitted can be viewed for information below.

TWAO documents

There is an objection period that started on Friday 4 June 2021 and ends on Saturday 24 July 2021.

Should you wish to contact the Department for Transport regarding the TWAO their address is Transport Infrastructure Planning Unit, Department for Transport, Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 4DR or you can email at transportinfrastructure@dft.gov.uk. Please include ‘ Network Rail (Oxford Phase 2) Order” in the title of any correspondence.

Copies of the application documents maybe obtained on request by contacting; OxfordPhase2@Networkrail.co.uk or via Post: Oxford Phase 2, Network Rail, 4th Floor Davidson House Office, The Forbury, Reading, RG1 3EU. A reasonable copying charge may apply up to a maximum £500 for a full suite of documents. Copies of individual documents are available on request.

Environmental Impact Assessment

We are currently undertaking a full Environmental Impact Assessment, as per the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017. Our final report, which is known as an Environmental Statement, will be formally submitted to Oxford City Council in late July as part of our application for ‘prior approval’, which is a similar process to seeking planning permission.

The scope of the report was agreed with the council in January 2021, after consultation with the statutory consultees such as the Highways Authority, Environment Agency, Natural England etc. These documents were submitted to the council in 2020 as part of the scoping discussions. During that process, the extent of the development work has been reduced, so some of the details in the document have changed.

Environmental Impact Assessment scoping documents

Level crossing closures

The Oxford corridor is a key freight route from the port of Southampton to the Midlands and the North and increasing demand for rail freight means more train paths are required. More trains would increase the risk at two level crossings along the route, Sandy Lane and Yarnton Lane; therefore, in order to reduce level crossing risk, to improve safety and reduce instances of misuse, these level crossings need to be closed. The output this will provide is two trains per hour additional freight paths, capacity for additional Birmingham to Oxford services, and increased maintenance access and safety improvements.

To provide alternative access across the railway, a ramped and stepped footbridge will be provided at Sandy Lane and a stepped footbridge at Yarnton Lane.

Contact us

If you have any questions or require more information about the scheme, you can email us at: OxfordPhase2@networkrail.co.uk