Cherwell Valley Line


Cherwell Valley Line
Cherwell Valley Line

Appleford railway station, on the Cherwell Valley Line.
Overview
Type Heavy rail
System National Rail
Status Operational
Locale Oxfordshire,
South East England
Stations 7
Operation
Owner Network Rail
Operator(s) CrossCountry
First Great Western
Rolling stock Class 43/HST
Class 165 "Turbo"
Class 220 "Voyager"
Class 221 "Super Voyager"
Technical
Track gauge Standard gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
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Legend
Continuation backward
Chiltern Main Line to Leamington Spa
Station on track
Banbury
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former Verney Junction Branch
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M40 motorway
Stop on track
King's Sutton
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former Banbury and Cheltenham Direct Railway
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M40 motorway
Junction to left Continuation to right
Aynho Jct: Chiltern Main Line to Bicester North
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Aynho
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Fritwell & Somerton
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Oxford Canal
Stop on track
Heyford
Stop on track
Tackley
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Oxford Canal
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Bletchington
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Oxford Canal
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former Shipton cement works
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Oxford Canal
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former Blenheim & Woodstock branch line
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Kidlington
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Oxford Canal
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Duke's Cut
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former Buckinghamshire Junction Railway
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Cotswold Line to Worcester
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A34 road
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Wolvercot Platform
Junction from left Continuation to right
Oxford North Junction: Oxford to Bicester Line
Bridge over water
Sheepwash Channel
Station on track
Oxford
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former gas works
Bridge over water Unknown BSicon "exWBRÜCKE"
Osney Railway Bridge over River Thames
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Straight track Unknown BSicon "exKBHFa"
Oxford (Grandpont) station
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Hinksey Halt
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former Millstream Junction
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Abingdon Road Halt
Junction to left Continuation to right
Kennington Jct: Wycombe Railway to Mini factory
Stop on track
Radley
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Abingdon Junction
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Abingdon Jct. with former Abingdon Railway
Bridge over water
Nuneham Railway Bridge over River Thames
Stop on track
Culham
Bridge over water
Appleford Railway Bridge over River Thames
Stop on track
Appleford
Non-passenger terminus from left Junction from right
gravel pits
Junction to left Transverse track Track turning from right
Didcot North Junction
Straight track Non-passenger terminus from left Junction from right
Didcot Railway Centre
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Didcot Parkway on GW Main Line
( Swindon – Reading )

The Cherwell Valley Line is the railway line between Didcot and Banbury via Oxford. It links the Great Western Main Line and the south to the Chiltern Main Line and the Midlands. The line follows the River Cherwell for much of its route between Oxford and Banbury.

Contents

Current and former stations served

  • Banbury previously known as Banbury Bridge Street
  • Kings Sutton
  • Former station at Aynho
  • Former station at Fritwell & Somerton
  • Heyford previously known as Lower Heyford
  • Tackley
  • Former station for Bletchingdon previously known as Kirtlington
  • Former station at Kidlington previously known as Woodstock Road
  • Former halt at Wolvercote
  • Oxford
  • Former halt at Hinksey
  • Former halt at Abingdon Road
  • Radley
  • Former station at Abingdon Junction
  • Culham, formerly known as Abingdon Road
  • Appleford
  • Didcot Parkway

The former station for Bletchingdon was always spelt Bletchington. The former halt at Wolvercote was called Wolvercot Platform, with a deliberately different spelling of the village's name, to distinguish it from the London & North Western Railway's adjacent Wolvercote Halt.

Services

Passenger services are provided by CrossCountry and First Great Western. First Great Western has designated the local service between Oxford and Banbury the Oxford Canal Line.

The line carries a large and increasing volume of freight between the Port of Southampton and the English Midlands.

Tilting

With the exception of the West Coast Main Line, this route is the only route on which domestic UK trains can tilt, something of which Virgin Cross Country took advantage on trains from the WCML to Reading and beyond, utilising SuperVoyager trains that can tilt.[1]

CrossCountry's new operator, Arriva, does not run much on the WCML, and considers it not worthwhile to activate the tilt mechanism for the short stretch of the Cherwell Valley line. For this reason many SuperVoyagers have been transferred to Virgin West Coast, who can use their tilting ability on the WCML. The majority of CrossCountry services on the Cherwell Valley line are now worked by standard non-tilting Voyager trains, and any remaining tilting Voyagers have had their tilt function disabled to improve reliability and cut costs.[citation needed]

River Thames

The line makes three crossings of the River Thames between Oxford and Didcot:

Electrification

Under the plans for the Great Western Electrification project, announced in July 2009, the section of the Cherwell Valley Line between Didcot and Oxford will be electrified.[2]

References


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