London to the Cotswolds, Worcester and Hereford

Description of line

London Paddington to Reading, Didcot and Oxford then onwards to Hanborough (for Woodstock/Blenheim), Charlbury, Kingham (voted the best village in England in 2006), Moreton in Marsh, Evesham and Worcester. Some services extended further to Great Malvern, Ledbury and Hereford.

The Oxford to Worcester section is characterised by a handful of more major stations, and perhaps half a dozen others known as the "Oxfordshire halts" which have a service as infrequent as 1 a day each way.

A number of these are heritage stations, with the original Brunel buildings and platform furniture, and the line travels through some of the loveliest areas of the Cotswolds. Hanborough, Charlbury, Kingham and Moreton also attract substantial numbers of commuters for Oxford, Reading and London, and many tourists use the line as well.

Service offered

Infrequent during the day - roughly every 90 minutes, but 4/5 key commuter trains in the morning and 3/4 in the late afternoon/evening.

HSTs and Adelantes for commuter services
Adelantes and Thames Turbo trains for off peak services

Peak flows

Morning and evening commuter trains from Hereford/Worcester to London.

Known issues

This is FGW's Cinderella mainline service. Three sections of single track between Wolvercote junction (just north of Oxford) and Evesham means that trains at either end must stop to let other services on the single track through. This means that the existing frequent delays caused by FGW are exacerbated by the poor infrastructure.

Worn-out Thames Turbo trains end up on this line, and our new Adelante on a key morning service has been transferred to Oxford when the Oxrail group successfully campaigned for extra services starting there after the December 2006 timetable debacle. Back to a Thames Turbo for a long distance commuter service - ridiculous!

Trains to London which run too late are often subject to early termination at Reading.

Frequent cancellations of early morning services.

Overcrowding - commuters on recent HST trains have had to stand from Charlbury - that's 1 hour 15 minutes from London - on a £5000 annual season ticket!

Very expensive tickets.

Departure screens often not working or inaccurate.

Oxford - Worcester - The Greater Western Franchise Outline Business Case Report (Jacobs Consultancy) recommended the closure of Ascott - under - Wychwood , Combe , Finstock & Shipton stations plus reducing the Honeybourne service to peak hours only , but this has not (as yet) been implemented. There are also fears over the cost of providing extra platforms / footbridges to certain stations , should proposals to double the line become reality.


See here

Recent discussions:
Link to ... Agreement Reached To Save Great Malvern Station Tea Room
Link to ... Hereford box
Link to ... Final HST on North Cotswolds
Link to ... Cotswold Line - 2019 cancellation and amendments log
Link to ... Subtle train time changes
Link to ... Evesham incident and possible follow-up strike action
Link to ... 1822 Pad to Hereford query
Link to ... Shipton to London
Link to ... How to further improve the Cotswold Line
Link to .. Raildar not showing Cotswold line services
Link to .. 12:09 Hereford to Paddington
Link to .. 14:21 Paddington to Worcester Foregate Street 13 June 2018
Link to .. Cotswold Line Promotion Group to be addressed by GWR MD
Link to .. Oxford engineering works July 2018
Link to .. Class 800s to Cheltenham & Hereford wef 25/06/2018
Link to .. Charlbury platform extension
Link to .. March void days
Link to .. Recycled station building for Hanborough
Link to .. Cotswold Line - 2018 cancellation and amendments log
Link to .. Severe weather affecting stations between Worcester and Oxford - 11 Dec 2017

Also ... blogs and other active groups:

Charlbury Commuter Blog


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