Why Oxford station is closing in summer 2023

Oxford station’s planned three-month closure will eventually lead to various improvements to facilities for commuters, starting in 2024.

As this newspaper revealed last week, the station will be closed for a ‘significant period’ next summer due to replacement work at the Botley Road rail bridge.

It is part of Network Rail’s plans to increase capacity at the station and will also lead to the closure of Botley Road.

Although the duration of the closure is not confirmed, it is believed that it could be around three months.

Network Rail says plans should be finalized towards the end of this month.

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However, the work will include the creation of a new platform and a secondary station entrance on the west side of the track.

Three high-speed crossings will be created at Oxford North Junction, improving the safety of the line, while creating capacity for additional services from Oxford to Birmingham.

Lines into and out of Oxford station are already set to be closed for four weekends in September and October, to allow the second phase of the works to increase capacity.

This is currently set for the weekends of September 10-11, 17-18 and 24-25, plus October 1 and 2.

Buses will replace regular trains.

The work will help improve rail services on the line by increasing the speeds they can travel from 25mph to 75mph.

On August 19, Network Rail will hold a drop-in event at the West Oxford Community Center between 2pm and 7pm, with members of the project team able to answer questions.

This story was written by Liam Rice, he joined the team in 2019 as a multimedia reporter.

Liam covers politics, travel and transport. He occasionally covers Oxford United.

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