Oldfield Park railway station

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Oldfield Park National Rail
Oldfield Park Railway Station 2018.jpg
Local authorityBath and North East Somerset
Coordinates51°22′45″N 2°22′51″W / 51.3792°N 2.3807°W / 51.3792; -2.3807Coordinates: 51°22′45″N 2°22′51″W / 51.3792°N 2.3807°W / 51.3792; -2.3807
Grid referenceST736645
Station codeOLF
Managed byGreat Western Railway
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 0.306 million
2014/15Increase 0.313 million
2015/16Increase 0.315 million
2016/17Decrease 0.313 million
2017/18Decrease 0.305 million
Original companyGreat Western Railway
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Oldfield Park from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Oldfield Park railway station is on the Great Western Main Line in South West England, serving the mainly residential areas of southern Bath, Somerset. It is 107 miles 72 chains (173.6 km) down the line from London Paddington and is situated between Bath Spa and Keynsham.

It is managed by Great Western Railway, which also operates most of the trains that call. South Western Railway operate a limited number of services. The station is located at the junction of Brook Road and Moorland Road; the Brook Road bridge links the two platforms.

The station opened in 1929, however, the line through the site has been open since 1840.[1]


Brougham Hayes bridge, looking east to Westmoreland goods yard and Bath

Oldfield Park was the third station to be constructed in Bath on the G.W.R. line. It is the only station whose platforms are below the surrounding road levels, all the rest of Bath's G.W.R. stations are elevated.[2] The Railway line divides Bath's road systems into two distinct areas.

Many new road bridges were necessary to overcome the difficulty posed to local goods traffic by this new railway. The Station is located between two such road bridges, one to the east is called Brougham Hayes bridge. It was originally built on the Tudor arch style of local stone. It was later demolished and replaced with a widened steel and stone structure. This occurred in the early 20th century when an extra line to a goods yard was laid to the end of the westbound platform. Brook Road bridge adjoins the station a short distance to the west.

The majority of Brunel's design for Bath was raised up on a system of earth embankments and stone arches. His objective in all his designs were to maintain his "billiard table" design philosophy.[3] The main obstacle was a skew bridge crossing of the River Avon to link with the main Bath Spa station in the centre of the City. At the approach to the Oldfield Park section a cutting was necessary to maintain the desired level. It was into these cutting embankments that the two platforms were later accommodated.

To some extent Oldfield Park replaced an earlier station at Twerton,[1] three-quarters of a mile to the west, which had closed, ostensibly temporarily, in the First World War and which had been badly affected by competing bus and tram services. The Twerton station never reopened.[4]

The platforms were designed solely to enable passenger access to the carriages. The limited road and platform access made the handling of bulky goods very difficult. To the east of the westbound platform a single section of line was added from the Westmoreland goods yard in Lower Oldfield Park.[5][6] This area of ground on the same level as Brunel's railway line was used as a stone yard and marshalling yard for goods wagons. It formed the only G.W.R. terminal in Bath with the necessary access to be able to handle heavy goods.

There was originally a full-time station master and ticket office. The 1929 ticket office was constructed of timber on tall wooden piles attached to both the Brook Road bridge and the ground below. It was located at the Moorland Road side of the bridge at road level. This has now been replaced by a portacabin styled ticket office on the westbound platform and a ticket dispensing machine. The ticket office is manned on weekdays during the morning peak times.[7] The station is also part of the Penalty Fares area.

Legislation was passed that ensured disabled users had easy access to public areas, the current long access ramp evolved to replace the earlier wooden steps. This new much extended ramp now leads passengers down to the replacement ticket office. Access to the Eastbound platform is via a sloping path leading from the top of Brook Road, and further eastwards a set of steps lead down from Stuart Place.

Community support[edit]

A community volunteer tending the station garden

Since 2006 there have been a number of local schemes to improve the appearance and the environment surrounding the Station.[8] These have included some landscaping and the planting of shrubs and flowers.[9] In 2010 there were a team of 12 full-time volunteers, and local school children are involved with the project.[10] The number of passengers using the station is now on the increase. This is due in part to the pressure from both the local people and their elected representatives in local government upon First Great Western to improve services.[11]


A service to Weymouth

Passenger services are operated by Great Western Railway. There is generally an hourly service to Gloucester via Bristol Temple Meads, extending to Great Malvern via Worcester Shrub Hill on certain journeys. There are also trains to Cardiff Central in the morning peak. In the other direction, trains run to a wide range of destinations.[12]

These include Westbury, Salisbury, Southampton Central and Portsmouth Harbour as well as Castle Cary and stations to Weymouth; there is one service a day to Brighton and a single direct morning commuter service to Chippenham and Swindon. Commuters for London Paddington must change at Bath Spa. On Sundays the service is less frequent.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Keynsham   Great Western Railway
Great Malvern/Gloucester - Westbury/South Coast
  Bath Spa
  South Western Railway
Bristol Temple Meads - London Waterloo
(Limited Service)
  Historical railways  
Line open, station closed
  Great Western Railway
Great Western Main Line
  Bath Spa
Line and station open


  1. ^ a b Cole, Stuart (2007). West from Paddington. Etica Press Ltd. p. 40. ISBN 978-1-905633-05-0.
  2. ^ "Royal Hotel and bridge to Bath Spa station c.1903". Bath in Time. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  3. ^ "Great Western history, 1835 - 1892". The Great Western Archive. 18 January 2009. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  4. ^ "Twerton Railway Station, Lower Bristol Road pre 1899". Bath in Time. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  5. ^ "BRUNEL TRAIL Part 3: Oldfield Park to Bath Station". Akeman Press. 2007. Retrieved 24 December 2010.
  6. ^ "The down goods train between Brougham Hayes and Brook Road in Oldfield Park c.1920s?". Bath in Time. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
  7. ^ "Station Facilities: Oldfield Park (OLF)". National Rail Enquiries. 15 July 2009. Retrieved 22 August 2009.
  8. ^ "OLDFIELD PARK". The Heart of Wessex Line 2010. Archived from the original on 7 January 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  9. ^ Fcrump (7 July 2009). "Britain in Bloom judges prepare to tour Bath". The Bath Chronicle. Northcliffe Media Ltd. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  10. ^ "Students volunteer for Oldfield Park Station clear-up". Bath & N.E. Somerset Council. 7 June 2010. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  11. ^ "Oldfield Park Railway Station". Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  12. ^ Table 123 National Rail timetable, May 2016

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