Bicester North railway station

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Bicester North National Rail
Bicester North station high southbound.jpg
The station in 2011, after completion of widening work on the southbound platform
Location
Place Bicester
Local authority District of Cherwell
Grid reference SP585231
Operations
Station code BCS
Managed by Chiltern Railways
Number of platforms 2
DfT category D
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 1.356 million
2012/13 Increase 1.463 million
2013/14 Increase 1.621 million
2014/15 Increase 1.696 million
2015/16 Decrease 1.417 million
History
Key dates Opened 1 July 1910 (1 July 1910)
Original company Great Western Railway
Pre-grouping GWR
Post-grouping GWR
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Bicester North from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Station entrance in 1961

Bicester North Listeni/ˈbɪstər/ is a station on the Chiltern Main Line, one of two stations serving Bicester in Oxfordshire. Services operated by Chiltern Railways run south to London Marylebone and north to Banbury, Birmingham Snow Hill and Stratford-upon-Avon.

Bicester North is one of Bicester's two stations. The other is Bicester Village on the Oxford to London Marylebone Line.

History

The 'Bicester cut-off' between Ashendon Junction and Aynho Junction was opened in 1910 - the final main-line stretch of route to be completed in Britain until the 1980s. This provided a shortening of the London-to-Birmingham GWR main rail line, and also gave Bicester a station with direct London trains for the first time.

The station was transferred from the Western Region of British Rail to the London Midland Region on 24 March 1974.[1]

In recent years passenger traffic at Bicester North has grown rapidly. In the seven years 2003–10 the number of passengers using the station increased by 89%.[2]

Services

The Monday - Friday off-peak service consists of:

Additional services run at peak hours, and other timetabled services run at weekends.

Improvement works

In 2010 the down line through the station was realigned for higher speeds, as part of the Evergreen 3 project. In 2011, the up (southbound) platform was widened, using the trackbed of the former through lines.[3]

Operator and routes

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
King's Sutton   Chiltern Railways
London-Birmingham
  Haddenham &
Thame Parkway
Banbury   Chiltern Railways
Chiltern Main Line
fast services
  High Wycombe
Historical railways
Ardley
Line open, station closed
  Great Western Railway
Bicester "cut-off"
  Blackthorn
Line open, station closed

References

  1. ^ Slater, J.N., ed. (May 1974). "Notes and News: Transfer of Marylebone-Banbury services". Railway Magazine. London: IPC Transport Press Ltd. 120 (877): 248. ISSN 0033-8923. 
  2. ^ Office of the Rail Regulator data: see infobox at head of article.
  3. ^ "Evergreen 3 progress". Modern Railways. London. December 2010. p. 9. 

External links

A view of Bicester North station from the footbridge in 2010
  • Train times and station information for Bicester North railway station from National Rail
  • Map sources for Bicester North railway station

Coordinates: 51°54′13″N 1°09′00″W / 51.9035°N 1.1500°W / 51.9035; -1.1500

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