Bicester North railway station

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Bicester North National Rail
Bicester North
The station in 2011, after completion of widening work on the southbound platform
Location
Place Bicester
Local authority Cherwell
Grid reference SP585231
Operations
Station code BCS
Managed by Chiltern Railways
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03 Increase 0.596 million
2004/05 Increase 0.703 million
2005/06 Decrease 0.674 million
2006/07 Increase 0.802 million
2007/08 Increase 0.911 million
2008/09 Increase 0.985 million
2009/10 Increase 1.127 million
2010/11 Increase 1.228 million
2011/12 Increase 1.356 million
2012/13 Increase 1.463 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 Regulation 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, England. Services operated by Chiltern Railways run south to London Marylebone and north to Banbury, Birmingham Snow Hill and Stratford-upon-Avon.

Bicester North is the larger of Bicester's two stations. The smaller is Bicester Town, currently the terminus of Oxford to Bicester Line.

History[edit]

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[edit]

The typical off-peak weekday service consists of three or four trains per hour to and from London Marylebone. One service per hour is non-stop to Marylebone, taking around 55 minutes to cover the 55 miles (89 km). The other services call at various intermediate destinations such as Princes Risborough and High Wycombe and can take up to 15 minutes longer. Two services per hour continue northwards to Birmingham Snow Hill, taking around 1 hour 20 minutes. The remaining services either terminate at Bicester North or continue to Banbury or Stratford-upon-Avon.

At weekends, there are generally three trains per hour from London, two of which continue to Birmingham.

Improvement works[edit]

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[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
King's Sutton   Chiltern Railways
London-Birmingham
  Haddenham and
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[edit]

  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[edit]

A view of Bicester North station from the footbridge in 2010

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