Islip railway station

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Islip National Rail
IslipStation S1.jpg
New platforms being built in April 2015
Place Islip
Local authority Cherwell
Coordinates 51°49′34″N 1°14′17″W / 51.826°N 1.238°W / 51.826; -1.238Coordinates: 51°49′34″N 1°14′17″W / 51.826°N 1.238°W / 51.826; -1.238
Grid reference SP525144
Station code ISP
Managed by Chiltern Railways
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2012/13 Decrease 26,530
2013/14 Increase 27,081
2014/15 Decrease 6,858
2015/16 Increase 10,482
2016/17 Increase 19,600
Original company Buckinghamshire Railway
Pre-grouping London and North Western Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
London Midland Region of British Railways
1 October 1850 (1850-10-01) Opened
1 January 1968 Closed
13 May 1989 Reopened
15 February 2014 Closed to rail traffic during line upgrade
26 October 2015 Reopened
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Islip from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Islip railway station serves the village of Islip, Oxfordshire, England. Islip is north-east of Oxford. Services run south to Oxford, 5 miles (8 km) away, and north-east to Bicester Town and London Marylebone. The station is currently managed by Chiltern Railways.


A 1902 Railway Clearing House map of railways in the vicinity of Islip

On 1 October 1850 the Buckinghamshire Railway opened Islip station[1] as a double tracked two-platform station with a goods shed.

From 1 January 1968 [1]British Railways withdrew passenger services from the Buckinghamshire Railway between Oxford and Bletchley and closed all intermediate stations including Islip;[2] In 1987 Network SouthEast reintroduced passenger services on the Oxford to Bicester Line and on 13 May 1989 Islip was reopened as a single platform unstaffed halt.[1]

The station closed to rail traffic on 15 February 2014 (the last trains having run late on 14 February) in order to allow upgrade of the line between Oxford and Bicester. Reopening was planned for May 2015.[3][4] but was later delayed until 26 October 2015.


Islip station platform in 2009

From December 2008 the service on Mondays to Saturdays was improved with an evening service and a doubling of the service on Saturdays. There were 11 trains on Mondays to Thursdays, 12 on Fridays and 13 on Saturdays. From May 2009 further improvements saw extra trains during the daytime on Mondays to Fridays and a new all-year round Sunday service, with trains every 90 minutes.

On 22 May 2011 Chiltern Railways took over all passenger operations from this station from the previous operator First Great Western. This was in advance of the new London Marylebone to Oxford service which was due to start in 2013.[5] but was later delayed to 26 October 2015.

The station will have a car park with 26 standard car spaces plus two for passengers with reduced mobility. It will also have parking for 10 pedal cycles.[6]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Oxford Parkway   Chiltern Railways
London Marylebone - Oxford
  Bicester Village
  Historical railways  
Oxford Road Halt
Line open, station closed
  London and North Western Railway
Varsity Line
  Oddington Halt
Line open, station closed


  1. ^ a b c Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 128. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  2. ^ "Oxford to Bicester, Banbury and Worcester". First Great Western. Archived from the original on 18 February 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Last train to run on Oxford to Bicester line before revamp". BBC News Oxford. 14 February 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Chiltern Railway". Oxford Mail. 11 February 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Chiltern to take over Bicester – Oxford trains". RAIL (664). 23 February – 8 March 2011. p. 25. 
  6. ^ Personal email from a site engineer

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