Radley railway station

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National Rail
FirstGreatWestern @ Radley.JPG
A First Great Western train at Radley
LocationRadley, Vale of White Horse
Grid referenceSU526988
Managed byGreat Western Railway
Other information
Station codeRAD
ClassificationDfT category F1
Opened8 September 1873 [1]
Original companyGreat Western Railway
2015/16Increase 0.145 million
2016/17Steady 0.145 million
2017/18Decrease 0.141 million
2018/19Decrease 0.129 million
2019/20Increase 0.136 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Radley railway station serves the villages of Radley and Lower Radley and the town of Abingdon, in Oxfordshire, England.

It is on the Cherwell Valley Line between Didcot Parkway and Banbury, 58 miles 35 chains (94.0 km) measured from London Paddington.


The station was built primarily for the boys of Radley College.[citation needed] It was formerly a junction station for a now-dismantled branch to the adjacent town of Abingdon. Opened in 1873[2] by the Great Western Railway, it replaced the original interchange, Abingdon Junction, opened in 1856. The branch line was extended north to terminate in a bay platform at the new station.

The station was renovated during 2008, with a new footbridge, shelters, a new car park and increased cycle storage.[3]

In recent years passenger traffic at Radley has grown rapidly. In the five years 2005–10 the number of passengers using the station increased by 38%.[4]


The station sees an hourly service per weekday between Didcot Parkway and Oxford. Services operate half hourly throughout peak times. Some northbound trains a day are extended beyond Oxford to Banbury, with services operating to Banbury on a two hourly basis on Saturdays. With the January 2018 timetable change, services between Oxford and London Paddington were cut with these services now terminating and starting at Didcot Parkway; this is to allow Class 387 trains to operate stopping services on the line. On weekdays, there is just one train a day in each direction to and from London Paddington but some services in peak times also run to and from Reading.[5]


Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Oxford   Great Western Railway
Cherwell Valley Line
Disused railways
Abingdon Road Halt   Great Western Railway
Cherwell Valley Line


  1. ^ "Oxford". Oxfordshire Weekly News. 17 September 1873. p. 5.
  2. ^ Hendry, R. Preston; Hendry, R. Powell (1992). Paddington to the Mersey. Oxford Publishing Company. p. 15. ISBN 9780860934424. OCLC 877729237.
  3. ^ Walker, Chris (16 September 2009). "Station gains extra services". Didcot Herald. Oxford: Newsquest (Oxfordshire) Ltd: 7. ISSN 0962-8568. Retrieved 27 October 2009.
  4. ^ Office of the Rail Regulator data: see infobox at head of article.
  5. ^ https://www.gwr.com/~/media/gwr/pdfs/timetables/2018/amended-may/v3/t08,-d-,web.pdf?la=en

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Coordinates: 51°41′10″N 1°14′24″W / 51.686°N 1.240°W / 51.686; -1.240