Artist impression of the new and updated Oxford railway station
Artist impression of the new and updated Oxford railway station

Be ready for Oxford Railway Station weekend closures in September and October

Important message for all new and returning students: Oxford Railway Station closures in September and October  

Expansion of Oxford Railway Station  

Oxford Railway Station is expected to close on four weekends this autumn due to engineering work that is planned as part of Network Rail's long-term plans to redevelop the station and surrounding area. If you were planning to arrive in Oxford by train for the start of the new academic year, these dates will likely coincide with your travel. We are writing to you so you can make early arrangements for alternative travel

Closure dates on arrival weekends

Work will take place on the below dates and times and the station will be closed entirely with no train services running to or from Oxford Station on these days. Services on other days of the week will not be affected.

  • Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September  
  • Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September  
  • Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September  
  • Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October

Rail replacement services  

During the four weekends that the station is closed, buses will replace trains in and out of Oxford. However, please allow plenty of time for your journey if you choose to use these alternative services, and check your planned route before setting off. If you are travelling from London to Oxford on these closure days, you might find it easier to use the Oxford Tube coach which has regular services to Oxford.

We are aware that these dates will be when a lot of students will be arriving for the start of Michaelmas Term. We have been working closely with Network Rail and the train operators, to put plans in place to make the disruption as limited as possible.

  • Trains from London Paddington and the South West of England will terminate at Didcot Parkway
  • Trains from Worcester, Malvern and Hereford will terminate at Hanborough 
  • Trains from the North and the Midlands, will terminate at Banbury
  • Rail replacement buses will be running from these terminating stations to Oxford. 

GWR, which is responsible for most services out of Oxford Station, will be running rail replacement bus services between Didcot Parkway, Oxford and Hanborough.

There will also be rail replacement buses for customers of Chiltern Railways and Cross Country, although these have not yet been announced in detail. Chiltern Railways, which operate trains between London Marylebone and Oxford, will still be running but terminating at Oxford Parkway Station. A regular bus service between Oxford and Oxford Parkway station is also planned. 

Check before you travel  

It is important to ensure that information on any journey planner apps or websites is up to date and that you are also familiar with where any temporary bus stops are located. In some cases, these may be a short distance from the train station they are serving. Please contact the relevant train operator for your route for accessibility assistance you may require.

The National Rail Enquiries timetable app and website will be kept up to date with changes.

New International students arriving in Oxford via London airports or Eurostar

If you are arriving via the London airports or Eurostar terminal, you will find useful information on the International Students page of the Oxford Students website about getting to Oxford, and tips about making your onward journey to your college.

You can take one of the frequent Oxford airline coach services from the airports, or the Oxford Tube coach service if arriving by Eurostar, to avoid travelling via the railways.

If you are arriving at another UK airport, outside of London, you could look at other coach services to Oxford by National Express, or allow extra time for your journey if you choose to travel to Oxford by rail on these closure days to allow for rail replacement bus services.

Future works

The upgrade work taking place in September and October are part of the initial stage of Network Rail's planned improvements to the station which are designed to increase its capacity so that it can accommodate more trains and passengers in future. This will include a new platform, a new secondary entrance to the station, and an upgrade of the rail bridge over the Botley Road to improve access for pedestrians and cyclists.

The Oxford Corridor Phase 2 page of the Network Rail website is expected to be updated over the coming weeks with further information, so please check back here to keep up to date or follow us our social media channels @oxunistudents on Instagram and @OxUniStudents on Twitter.

If you have any concerns about arriving in Oxford, please speak to your college.

We look forward to welcoming you to Oxford for the 2022 academic year.