Oxfordshire level crossings

We are developing plans to replace Tackley level crossing with a new bridleway and a footbridge with lifts for station users. 

We have submitted a Transport and Works Act Order for the permanent closure of Tackley level crossing after it was closed under emergency measures in 2020. The Department for Transport has advised that a Public Inquiry will be needed to allow objectors to present their evidence during the inquiry which runs from Tuesday 18 June until Friday 5 July 2024.

To allow station users to cross the railway, we plan to build a footbridge with lifts at Tackley station. An application for Prior Approval has been approved by West Oxfordshire District Council. We will also provide permissive access across the footbridge for members of the public.

Our plans to close Sandy Lane and Yarnton Lane level crossings have been deferred due to the impacts the pandemic and recession have had on freight growth through this section of the railway. We will continue to monitor freight demand through this corridor over the coming years to establish when intervention is required.

The Safety of the public remains a key priority and we will continue to monitor, inspect and risk assess these level crossings.  

Tackley Transport and Works Act Order

Following the public consultation in 2023, an application for a Transport and Works Act Order was submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport. The Department for Transport has advised that a Public Inquiry will be needed to allow objectors to present their evidence and this will be held from Tuesday 18 June until Friday 5 July 2024.

Network Rail’s Statement of Case and associated documents for the Tackley Level Crossing Order are available below and a hard copy of the Statement of Case may be inspected free of charge at Woodstock Library, Fletchers House, Park St, Woodstock, OX20 1SN. The library is open on the following days and times:

  • Monday – closed
  • Tuesday – 10:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 17:00
  • Wednesday – 10:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 17:00
  • Thursday – 10:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 17:00
  • Friday – 10:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 17:00
  • Saturday – 10:00 to 12:30 and 13:00 to 16:30
  • Sunday – 14:00 to 17:00 (unstaffed)

Tackley Transport and Works Act Order application documents

Statement of Case documents

Frequently asked questions

Get in touch

If you would like any further information, please email oxfordlevelcrossings@networkrail.co.uk