Bicester North railway station

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Bicester North
National Rail
Bicester North station high southbound.jpg
The station in 2011, after completion of widening work on the southbound platform
LocationBicester, District of Cherwell
Grid referenceSP585231
Managed byChiltern Railways
Other information
Station codeBCS
ClassificationDfT category D
Opened1 July 1910
Original companyGreat Western Railway
2015/16Decrease 1.417 million
2016/17Decrease 0.923 million
2017/18Decrease 0.792 million
2018/19Decrease 0.682 million
 Interchange  44,097
2019/20Increase 0.839 million
 Interchange Decrease 32,575
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road
Station entrance in 1961

Bicester North /ˈbɪstər/ (About this soundlisten) is a station on the Chiltern Main Line, one of two stations serving Bicester in Oxfordshire. Services operated by Chiltern Railways run south to London Marylebone and north to Banbury, Birmingham Snow Hill and Stratford-upon-Avon.

Bicester North is one of Bicester's two stations. The other is Bicester Village on the Oxford to London Marylebone Line.


The 'Bicester cut-off' between Ashendon Junction and Aynho Junction was opened in 1910 - the final main-line stretch of route to be completed in Britain until the 1980s. This provided a shortening of the London-to-Birmingham GWR main rail line, and also gave Bicester a station with direct London trains for the first time.

The station was transferred from the Western Region of British Rail to the London Midland Region on 24 March 1974.[1]


The Monday - Friday off-peak service consists of:

Additional services run at peak hours, and other timetabled services run at weekends.

Improvement works[]

In 2010 the down line through the station was realigned for higher speeds, as part of the Evergreen 3 project. In 2011, the up (southbound) platform was widened, using the trackbed of the former through lines.[2]

Operator and routes[]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
King's Sutton   Chiltern Railways
  Haddenham &
Thame Parkway
Banbury   Chiltern Railways
Chiltern Main Line
fast services
  High Wycombe
  Historical railways  
Line open, station closed
  Great Western Railway
Bicester "cut-off"
Line open, station closed


  1. ^ Slater, J.N., ed. (May 1974). "Notes and News: Transfer of Marylebone-Banbury services". Railway Magazine. London: IPC Transport Press Ltd. 120 (877): 248. ISSN 0033-8923.
  2. ^ "Evergreen 3 progress". Modern Railways. London. December 2010. p. 9.

External links[]

A view of Bicester North station from the footbridge in 2010

Coordinates: 51°54′13″N 1°09′00″W / 51.9035°N 1.1500°W / 51.9035; -1.1500

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