Passengers reminded to check before travelling with just one day to go before the start of major railway upgrades in Oxford

The start of a nine-day period of intensive track and signalling work around Oxford station begins on 29 July, supporting an increase in train services and ushering in a new era in passenger and freight train travel for the city and wider county.

From 29 July until 6 August, Network Rail will be installing new high speed crossovers (where trains change tracks) to the north of Oxford station, between Walton Well Road bridge and Aristole Lane footbridge, as well as upgrading lineside signalling equipment, modifying Osney Lane footbridge and making adjustments to platforms in the station.

The upgrade is part of Oxfordshire Connect – the programme of work that is transforming the station and the surrounding area.

High speed crossovers being installed this summer will make it quicker and easier for trains to get in and out of the station, as well as making way for an additional line and platform that will be installed in 2024, ready to support additional train services through East West Rail.

During the nine-day closure, no trains will run to or from Oxford station. Replacement buses will be in operation between Oxford and:

  • Banbury
  • Didcot Parkway
  • Hanborough
  • Leamington Spa (Saturday 29 July – 13:15 Friday 4 August only)
  • Oxford Parkway

Replacement buses will leave at different times to the usual train timetable with longer journey times. Passengers are advised to check with before travelling.

Botley Road has been closed at the rail bridge since April to facilitate the first stage of the work which includes diverting the complex layout of utility services, such as water, gas and electricity, that run beneath the road. Work at the site is currently paused, following the discovery of an expansive brick arch beneath the road surface, while engineers assess how best to safely remove the structure.

With the utility services diverted out of the way, there will be another road closure next year to carry out the highway improvements, which includes new four-metre-wide designated cycle and pedestrian space on either side. There will also be a further period of track upgrades and a new, wider bridge will be installed on Botley Road, to accommodate the extra railway line.

“We strongly advise passengers to check their journey carefully if they’re travelling during this period, as replacement buses will be operating on all routes through Oxford and journeys will take longer than normal.”

Replacement buses will mean journeys will take longer than usual during the nine-day closure, so passengers are advised to check before they travel and leave more time for their journey.”

For more information about Oxfordshire Connect visit

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