Upgrading the railway through Oxford

This year we have started to deliver more seats, new trains and faster journeys to thousands of customers across our network.

New Intercity Express Trains, plus electrification of the route through to Didcot Parkway are delivering improvements that our customers want to see.

We know that there are still plenty of improvements to make, and by 2019 we expect to see greater improvements to our service, including services through Oxford.

This July, Network Rail is remodelling the track to the north of Oxford and through the station itself. This will allow trains to run faster and more effectively through Oxford, reducing congestion and speeding up journey times.

How will my journey be affected

The table below shows a summary of which routes will be open during the work:

Oxford 2018 service

Changes to trains

Information in journey planners is still being updated by Network Rail. Please take care when planning journeys during this time and remember to check again before you travel.


Replacement buses

We will run replacement buses on the following routes:

  • Didcot Parkway – Oxford (fast and stopping buses)
  • Didcot Parkway – Oxford – Banbury
  • Didcot Parkway – Oxford – Hanborough (weekdays)
  • Didcot Parkway – Oxford – Moreton-in-Marsh (weekends)
  • Oxford – Oxford Parkway (local bus 500, valid rail tickets will be accepted)
  • Moreton-in-Marsh – Oxford Parkway (weekdays)

Using your ticket

GWR tickets from Oxford to London Paddington can be used on Chiltern Railways services between Oxford Parkway and London Marylebone, including the bus link from Oxford.

You can also use these services if you’re travelling from any of the following stations:

  • All stations between Hanborough and Pershore
  • Tackley, Heyford and Kings Sutton
  • Radley, Culham and Appleford
You can also travel from Didcot Parkway if it’s more convenient for you to do so. 

GWR tickets from the following stations can also be used on West Midlands Railways and Virgin Trains services to London Euston via Birmingham New Street:

  • Hereford, Colwall, Ledbury, Great Malvern, Malvern Link, Worcester Foregate Street, Worcester Shrub Hill, Pershore

Travel on local buses

All valid rail tickets, except Advance Purchase tickets are valid on these local buses:

Operator  Service number  Travel between 
Oxford Bus Company  35  Oxford – Radley – Abingdon 
Thames Travel  X2*  Oxford – Abingdon – Didcot – Wallingford 
Thames Travel  X32*  Oxford – Didcot Parkway – Wantage 
Thames Travel  X34* Oxford – Harwell Campus 
Thames Travel  X38* / 39* / 40*  Oxford – Wallingford – Henley-on-Thames - Reading 
Thames Travel  136  Cholsey – Wallingford 
Thames Travel  250 Oxford – The Heyfords 
Oxford Bus Company  300  Oxford – Redbridge or Pear Tree Park & Rides 
Oxford Bus Company  U1, 4A/B/C and 400  Oxford – Seacourt Park & Ride 
Oxford Bus Company  500  Oxford – Oxford Parkway – Hanborough – Woodstock 
Stagecoach Gold  S3  Oxford – Woodstock – Charlbury – Chipping Norton 
Stagecoach Gold S8* Oxford – Abingdon – Marcham

Stagecoach Gold  S9  Oxford – Botley Road – Cumnor – Wantage 
Stagecoach Gold 7 Oxford – Summertown – Woodstock
Stagecoach N7 Oxford – Summertown – Woodstock – Chipping Norton
Stagecoach N53 Oxford – Woodstock Road – Yarnton – Woodstock – Chipping Norton/Charlbury
Stagecoach 34  Oxford - Harwell IBC

* Bus stops in Oxford City Centre and does not serve the railway station.

Car parking

The upgrade work will reduce the number of car park spaces we can provide at:

  • Didcot Parkway - 35 less spaces
  • Hanborough (weekdays only) - 77 less spaces
  • Heyford - 9 less spaces
  • Moreton-in-Marsh - 32 less spaces
  • Oxford - 327 less spaces

Valid car park permits for these stations (including Radley) may be used at the following Park & Ride facilities:

  • Redbridge (OX1 4XG) – Bus number 300 stops on George Street, Oxford city centre
  • Pear Tree (OX2 8JZ) – Bus number 300 stops on George Street, Oxford city centre
  • Seacourt (OX2 0HP) – Bus number 400 stops in Frideswide Square, Oxford city centre
  • Water Eaton (OX2 8HA) – Bus number 500 stops next to Oxford station

Assisted travel

We use a mix of low-floor buses and non-accessible coaches to run our replacement services. If you are not able to travel on one of our services, we will arrange an accessible taxi for you free of charge.

It’s best to let us know in advance if you need help. To find out more, visit GWR.com/AssistedTravel.

Further work between Oxford and Worcester this year

Later this year, Network Rail plans to lengthen platforms at various stations between Oxford and Worcester Shrub Hill between Saturday 17 and Sunday 25 November. More work is also planned over the Christmas and New Year period. To find out more go to GWR.com/Cotswolds2018.

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