Osney Rail Bridge

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Osney Rail Bridge
Coordinates 51°44′50″N 1°16′02″W / 51.747218°N 1.267242°W / 51.747218; -1.267242Coordinates: 51°44′50″N 1°16′02″W / 51.747218°N 1.267242°W / 51.747218; -1.267242
Carries Cherwell Valley Line
Crosses River Thames
Locale Oxford
Maintained by Network Rail
Material Iron
Height 11 feet 8 inches (3.56 m)[1]
Opened 1887

Osney Rail Bridge is a railway bridge over the River Thames at Oxford in England. It carries the Cherwell Valley Line between Didcot and Oxford across the river on the reach between Iffley Lock and Osney Lock.

The original bridge was built in 1850, when the Great Western Railway built a new line from its original Oxford station at Grandpont to Rugby.[2] The north side of the bridge was on the island which was then called Osney. A second bridge was built in 1887 within a foot or so of the first bridge.[3]

The bridge is maintained by Network Rail, who refer to the bridge as River Isis Crossing.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ River Thames Alliance. Bridge heights on the River Thames.
  2. ^ Chance, Eleanor; Colvin, Christina; Cooper, Janet; Day, C.J.; Hassall, T.G.; Selwyn, Nesta (1979). Crossley, Alan; Elrington, C.R., eds. A History of the County of Oxford. Volume 4: Communications. UK: Victoria County History. 
  3. ^ Where Thames Smooth Waters Glide: Osney Railway Bridge, UK.
  4. ^ Oxford Area Flood Information Guidance Booklet, Oxford City Council, page 45.
Next crossing upstream River Thames Next crossing downstream
Osney Bridge (road) Osney Rail Bridge Gasworks Bridge (pedestrian)