Oxford Railway Station is expected to close on four weekends 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.

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.

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. 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.

More information can be found here.

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