Wheels: WO. If you're on wheels, see our Easy Access page for explanation.
A full list of routes covered by Dudley Mall appears at the bottom of this page.
BICESTER This line originally continued to Bletchley and on to
Bedford, but there is now no service connection between Bicester and Bletchley, and the line effectively stops here. Bicester has thus become a
terminus. It is a single shelterless platform with limited service (7 trains a day in mid 2005, but being
proposed for reduction to 3). There is parking for a small number of cars. Whereas Bicester North has a frequent service on a busy line, this
station has become a backwater. There is no rail connection between the two stations, but should you plan to
walk between them, we'd guess the time at 10-15 minutes - but we haven't tried it ourselves.
ISLIP station is just a short walk from the north-west edge of the
village, heading for the nearby A34. The turning is clearly signed. Islip is a short 2-coach single track
station with free parking for about 28 cars, a cycle rack, and a bus shelter with a perch bar seat for 5-6
people. There is short term parking in front of the almost-level entrance (1 kerb to surmount), with a small
island for turning round. There is also a ramp from the main car park to the end of the platform. The platform
has local information, a help point, and there is a public telephone on the road opposite. Overall, Islip is
spare in its appointments, but pleasant of its type.Wheels: OB.|
OXFORD is a modern station with a ticket office, shops, cash
dispensers and a coffee bar in its main building. Access to platform 1 (southbound) is controlled by automatic
ticket barriers similar to those used on the London Underground. Platform 3 is the bay at the north end of the
same platform. An overbridge gets you to platform 2 for trains to Worcester, Bicester or Leamington Spa (etc.),
with lifts behind the steps for those who need them. Canopies cover large areas of both platforms.|
A bus station lies immediately outside the station building, with paths, steps and ramps down to that lower level, and there is a cycle park for hundreds of bikes as well. A small amount of short term parking is available via the bus station, but the main railway car park is on the other side of Parkend Street with spaces for something like 400 cars, at £3 per day in May 2003. A pedestrian link from the station gets you to it quite quickly, but the road entrance is in Beckett Street, which seems to be one way, so if you were coming up the road (as presented in the plan), you would need to look for the next right turn (into Hollybush Row), and follow that until you could turn right again to reach Beckett Street. After using the railway, keep your ticket to present when leaving the car park, or expect to pay an extra £15 to exit. Wheels: OB.
Oxford also serves the Oxford to Leamington Spa route and the Oxford to Worcester route
Notes and sketches are intended only to give a general impression at the time of our visit, and should not be relied upon for more than that. Dudley Mall accepts no liability for errors, but will correct any significant ones notified to us through firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Dudley Mall, 62 Gervase Drive, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 4AT.
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