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Oxford City Station Phase 2C Botley Road

Plans to improve the highway structure around Oxford station

Oxfordshire County Council, as the local Highway Authority, is a key stakeholder in this project. The scope of the project includes highway works in addition to railway works. Whilst the developer Network Rail proposes to replace its existing rail bridges over Botley Road, it will also address:

  • the vehicle headroom issues below the bridges (by lowering Botley Road)
  • the historic local flooding incidents (by improving the drainage provisions)
  • the Active Travel issues (by providing new pedestrian and cycle ways)

The County Council has supported this project to date, with oversight, and is included in the current Detailed Design stage and Traffic Management Planning for Network Rail’s overall delivery process.

What can we expect

Work to prepare the area, including diversions of existing utilities, is planned from late 2022 into 2023 to facilitate the subsequent main work.

The existing Becket Street car park pedestrian footbridge is planned to be removed in mid to late Summer 2023 to facilitate the building of the new rail bridges.

Alternative pedestrian footway arrangements will be provided, in stages, with a short-term temporary pedestrian road crossing in place between the removal of the existing footbridge and the provision of a replacement footbridge.

More information

Details of any planned traffic management will be released once details are confirmed.  You can see where current traffic disruptions are at one.network.

For further information, please visit Network Rail’s website:

For queries and representations relating to the most up-to-date information on the programme, construction timetable, road traffic management and the impacts of the construction, please refer to Network Rail directly at oxfordphase2@networkrail.co.uk.

Network Rail also has a 24-hour national helpline on 0345 711 4141 or people can visit www.networkrail.co.uk/contactus.