Oxford Road Halt railway station

Oxford Road Halt railway station
Oxford Road Halt
Place Water Eaton
Area Cherwell
Grid reference SP500118
Original company London and North Western Railway
Pre-grouping London and North Western Railway
Post-grouping LMSR
1905 Station opened
1917 Station closed
1919 Station opened
1926 Station closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Oxford Road Halt was a railway station on the Varsity Line 1 mile (1.6 km) west of the hamlet of Water Eaton, Oxfordshire.



The Varsity Line from Bletchley to Oxford was opened in stages by the Buckinghamshire Railway. It had been opened as far as Islip on 1 October 1850,[1] from Islip to a temporary station at Banbury Road on 2 December 1850,[1] and from Banbury Road to Oxford on 20 May 1851.[2] At the point where the main Oxford-Banbury road (now the A4165 road) crossed the line, a level crossing was constructed, known as Oxford Road Crossing (grid reference SP500118). This was the location of the temporary Banbury Road terminus, which was used until the facilities at Oxford were ready.[3]

On 1 April 1854 the Buckinghamshire Junction Railway (often known as the Yarnton Loop) was opened, between Oxford Road Junction and Yarnton Junction.[4] The former junction was constructed just to the south-west of Oxford Road Crossing, although the two routes did not diverge until a point somewhat further to the south-west, at grid reference SP499116.[5]

For over fifty years no permanent station had been provided between Oxford and Islip. In 1905, the London and North Western Railway (successor to the Buckinghamshire Railway) constructed three halts on that stretch of line; two were Summertown Halt (later Port Meadow Halt) and Wolvercote Halt, whilst the northernmost was Oxford Road Halt, and which was situated just east of Oxford Road Crossing.[5] Two of these halts (including Oxford Road Halt) were opened on 9 October 1905; all three closed on 1 January 1917, reopened 5 May 1919 and the London, Midland and Scottish Railway finally closed them on 30 October 1926.[6][7][8]

In 1935 the Oxford Road level crossing was replaced by a bridge to the north-east, which crosses the railway over the site of the former halt.[9]

Oxford Road Junction remained; the signalbox was resited slightly to the north-east on 4 November 1956, and on 15 September 1958 was renamed Banbury Road Junction, since there is a junction just north of Reading West also named Oxford Road Junction. It was closed on 29 October 1973.[10]

Water Eaton Parkway

As part of the operator's Project Evergreen 3, Chiltern Railways plans to launch services from a new station on an adjacent site next to the existing Water Eaton Park and Ride site, to be known as Water Eaton Parkway. This would be a stop on a new service between London Marylebone and Oxford.


Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Wolvercote Halt
Line open, station closed
  London and North Western Railway
Varsity Line
Line and station open


  1. ^ a b James, p.60
  2. ^ James, p.64
  3. ^ Mitchell & Smith, fig. VII
  4. ^ Jenkins & Quayle, pp.37,40
  5. ^ a b Mitchell & Smith, fig. VI
  6. ^ Mitchell & Smith, figs. 24,27,28
  7. ^ Waters, p.128
  8. ^ Simpson, p.107
  9. ^ Mitchell & Smith, figs. VII,28
  10. ^ Mitchell & Smith, fig. 29


  • James, Leslie (November 1983). A Chronology of the Construction of Britain's Railways 1778-1855. Shepperton: Ian Allan. ISBN 0 7110 1277 6. 
  • Jenkins, S.C.; Quayle, H.L. (1976). The Oxford, Worcester & Wolverhampton Railway. The Oakwood Library of Railway History (1st ed.). Blandford: Oakwood Press. 
  • Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (July 2005). Oxford to Bletchley. Country Railway Routes. Middleton Press. ISBN 1 904474 57 8. 
  • Simpson, Bill (1997). A History of the Railways of Oxfordshire. Part 1: The North. Banbury and Witney: Lamplight. ISBN 1 899246 02 9. 
  • "Disused Stations". Subterranea Britannica. http://www.subbrit.org.uk/sb-sites/stations/o/oxford_road_halt. 
  • Waters, Laurence (1986). Oxford. Rail Centres. London: Ian Allan. ISBN 0-7110-1590-2. 

Coordinates: 51°48′09″N 1°16′35″W / 51.80262°N 1.27628°W / 51.80262; -1.27628

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