For the latest information on trains please see below.
Trains to and from Charlbury
Latest news on the booking office closure and the strikes can be found below.
Message from GWR 23rd August 2023
The latest rail strike is taking place this Saturday 26 August, when RMT members (on board and station staff) will be taking industrial action.
Journey planners have now been updated, and large parts of our network will have no service whatsoever. Where services can run they will start later in the day and finish much earlier. There is also likely to be disruption on Sunday 27 August, too.
Further to our update last week, ASLEF, the train drivers union, have now also announced strike action on Friday 1 September, this is in addition to the RMT’s strike on Saturday 2 September. Again, the majority of our network will have no service whatsoever, and we expect disruption to continue into Sunday 3 September.
More information on all of the strike dates is available on our dedicated webpage at www.gwr.com/strike.
Message from GWR 19th July 2023:
RMT (station and on board staff) strikes are taking place on Thursday (20 July), Saturday (22 July), and Saturday 29 July.
On these dates we will only be able to run a very limited service, with large parts of the network having no service whatsoever. Where services can run they will start later in the day and finish much earlier. There is also likely to be disruption on the days following strike action too.
More information, including the services we are running and when journey planners will be updated, is available on our dedicated webpage at www.gwr.com/strike.
Message/consultation from GWR 5th July 2023:
You will have seen in the national media that train operators have today started to consult on how we sell tickets at stations in future. GWR is part of that national change and we have today notified our staff and customers of the consultation.
It is important that we recognise the changes customers are making in the way they buy tickets, and there is a good case for bringing staff out of the ticket office and onto the concourse. We want to do that in the best way possible. We are not reducing station hours and our plans mean that customers should have better engagement with staff. Access to other station facilities and services such as passenger assistance, toilets and waiting rooms remains unchanged.
Details of the plans for each of the 79 GWR stations affected are on our website www.gwr.com/haveyoursay, along with information on how to take part in the consultation through Transport Focus/London TravelWatch.
Message from GWR 9th June 2023:
You will know that we planned to re-open Nuneham Viaduct on the line between Oxford and Didcot Parkway for freight and passenger services from tomorrow (Saturday 10 June).
We have just had some very exciting news from the project team. All has gone well with the final testing and as a result GWR began operating passenger services over the viaduct this morning (Friday 9 June).
This is earlier than expected so full services, both GWR and CrossCountry, will resume tomorrow as planned, but we are really pleased that we have been able to deliver the earlier finish. Shuttle services will run throughout the day today between Oxford and Didcot Parkway.
Our Network Rail project team have worked very hard to make this happen. They understood the importance of re-opening as quickly as we could and everyone has been focused on meeting the 10 June opening date. It really is therefore fantastic to be reporting that not only is the viaduct opening on time, it’s opened early.
Thank you all for your help and support during the closure, please feel free to share the news of the opening to your networks (including footage at www.twitter.com/networkrailwest & www.gwr.com/gwrhelp) and let them know that while today services will be a shuttle from Oxford to Didcot, from tomorrow normal service is fully resumed.
Charlbury station building/booking office:
The station has suffered significant damage after a burst water pipe flooded the building just before Christmas.
Taking into account the presence of asbestos and the difficulties this presents, the repairs and refurbishments are likely to take a number of months (potentially between 6 and 12).
Unfortunately and frustratingly, the long-standing vacancy for the booking office which had just been filled has now had to be withdrawn and won’t be readvertised until the station is again fit for purpose.
GWR reports that they are genuinely sad to see the station in such a sorry state of decline but will endeavour to make sure it is restored to the high standard it deserves.
Our dedicated strike page at www.gwr.com/strike will be kept updated including information on refunds and when journey planners will be updated. We will also be issuing traditional media, social media, on board station announcements and posters to ensure customers are aware.
During strikes, we will have a very limited service in place and customers are advised to only travel if necessary, and to make alternative arrangements. Journey planners are now up to date and full information including on refunds is available on our dedicated strike page at www.gwr.com/strike.
Customers should check before they travel using www.gwr.com/check.