Charlbury railway station

Charlbury National Rail
Place Charlbury
Local authority West Oxfordshire
Grid reference SP352194
Station code CBY
Managed by Great Western Railway
Number of platforms 2
DfT category E
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2010/11 Increase 0.245 million
2011/12 Increase 0.253 million
2012/13 Increase 0.272 million
2013/14 Increase 0.288 million
2014/15 Increase 0.305 million
Original company Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Post-grouping GWR
4 June 1853 Opened
29 November 1971 Line singled
6 June 2011 Line redoubled
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Charlbury from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Charlbury railway station is a railway station serving the town of Charlbury in Oxfordshire, England. This station and all trains serving it are operated by Great Western Railway. After almost 40 years as a single-platform station, the track through Charlbury station was redoubled with the recommissioning of a second platform on 6 June 2011 as part of the project to improve reliability and increase traffic capacity on the Cotswold Line.


Charlbury station on 9 January 2011, showing concrete sleepers newly laid for the restoration of double track and platform 2

The Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway opened the station in 1853. It is notable for the original station building, a wooden chalet-type structure in the Italianate architectural style of Isambard Kingdom Brunel;[1][2] together with the early station nameboard this is a Grade II listed building restored in 1979. Until 1970 the station had a goods shed, a 30 cwt crane and a 34-lever signal box.[3] The signal box was demolished when the line through the station was singled on 29 November 1971.[3]

Sir Peter Parker (1924–2002), the former Chairman of the British Railways Board, was a regular user of the station.

With the completion of the first stage of the redoubling of the Cotswold Line from Ascott-under-Wychwood to a point east of Charlbury the second platform, decommissioned in 1971, was reinstated and returned to service on 6 June 2011.[4]

Preceding station National Rail Following station
(Shipton on Saturdays, Kingham on Sundays)
  Great Western Railway
Cotswold Line
(Hanborough on Saturdays and Sundays)


  1. Biddle, Gordon; Nock, O.S. (1983). The Railway Heritage of Britain. London: Michael Joseph. ISBN 0-7181-2355-7.
  2. Leigh, Chris (1981). GWR Country Stations. Shepperton: Ian Allan. ISBN 0-7110-1108-7.
  3. 1 2 Stretton, John (2006). British Railways Past and Present: Oxfordshire; A Second Selection (No. 55). Kettering: Past & Present Publishing Ltd. p. 33. ISBN 978-1-85895-203-1.
  4. "Charlbury redoubling complete". Modern Railways. Ian Allan. 68 (754): 18. July 2011.
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Coordinates: 51°52′19″N 1°29′24″W / 51.872°N 1.490°W / 51.872; -1.490

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