Charlbury railway station
Charlbury railway station is a railway station serving the town of Charlbury in Oxfordshire, England. This station and all trains serving it are operated by Great Western Railway. After almost 40 years as a single-platform station, the track through Charlbury station was redoubled with the recommissioning of a second platform on 6 June 2011 as part of the project to improve reliability and increase traffic capacity on the Cotswold Line.
|Local authority||West Oxfordshire|
|Managed by||Great Western Railway|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|4 June 1853||Opened|
|29 November 1971||Line singled|
|6 June 2011||Line redoubled|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Charlbury from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
The Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway opened the station in 1853. It is notable for the original station building, a wooden chalet-type structure in the Italianate architectural style of Isambard Kingdom Brunel; together with the early station nameboard this is a Grade II listed building restored in 1979. Until 1970 the station had a goods shed, a 30 cwt crane and a 34-lever signal box. The signal box was demolished when the line through the station was singled on 29 November 1971.
With the completion of the first stage of the redoubling of the Cotswold Line from Ascott-under-Wychwood to a point east of Charlbury the second platform, decommissioned in 1971, was reinstated and returned to service on 6 June 2011.
2018 improvement worksEdit
Charlbury and Kingham are two of the stations on the Cotswold Line that are having their platforms lengthened to accommodate longer GWR Class 802 units, which are 9 carriages long, 1 carriage longer than the longest trains that currently use the station.
Charlbury station is one of the only two-platform stations on the Cotswold Line to have step-free access to both platforms. This has been achieved by installing a long set of ramps from the lower car park to both platforms.
Charlbury is one of the only stations in the area that have a user-operated ticket machine. Kingham and Finstock, the main stations on the either side of Charlbury, do not have such facilities. However, passengers travelling from either of these stations when the ticket office is closed can board the service and buy a ticket on the train.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
(Shipton on Saturdays, Kingham on Sundays)
|Great Western Railway
(Hanborough on Saturdays and Sundays)
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- George, Rob (26 May 2018). "Line group call for improvements to be maintained". Evesham Observer.
- "Charlbury redoubling complete". Modern Railways. Ian Allan. 68 (754): 18. July 2011.
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- Historic England. "Details from image database (254141)". Images of England.
- Station users' collaborative blog
- Station on 1947 OS Map
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