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DUDLEY MALL'S RAILWAY DIRECTORY
• LEAMINGTON SPA to OXFORD •
LINE PLAN
  Leamington Spa
  Banbury
  Kings Sutton
  Heyford
  Tackley
  Oxford
Right: evening tranquility at Heyford.
Heyford station
Wheels: LO.  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.
Leamington Spa Plan LEAMINGTON SPA By current standards, Leamington Spa is a grand station, though far from modern except by the ticket office. Its marble and white stone frontage and its sweeping curved chrome door handles suggest the 1930s. Both platforms still boast their GWR waiting rooms, one with a large snack bar, and much of the platform area is covered by traditional canopies and a fine array of bushes and flowers in tubs.
Leamington Spa   The land falls steeply away in the station area, so the ticket office is below platform level with stairs and lifts up to each platform. The link between platforms is a tiled corridor which looks as old as the rest of the station, but in poorer shape - but it's fairly well lit. (A fleeting visit in 2008 noted the installation of a ticket barrier and there may have been some redecoration.) In front of the station is substantial pay and display parking - full when we were there. Local buses used to call at the station frontage but have retreated to the road outside as a result of frequent obstruction by parking vehicles. Wheels: LO.
[Note: Leamington Spa can also be reached via Coventry.]
Leamington Spa also serves the Birmingham to Leamington Spa and Leamington Spa to High Wycombe and London routes.

Banbury Plan BANBURY station is on an unsigned road off Bridge Street. It is frequently signed through the town, though not with 100% clarity. Banbury has two island platforms with enclosed waiting areas, and these are connected by a wide passenger overbridge (with a coffee bar) to the modern station foyer on the west side of the line. There are service lifts to the overbridge which are signed for wheeled users, but we noticed that they were being left open with bits of rubbish in them, which made them neither appealing nor accessible. Much of the station is canopied and other facilities include drinks machines. The station foyer includes the ticket office, a travel centre and a newsagent/bookshop. There is pay-and-display parking in a large block, and also in bits and pieces. Wheels: LO.

KINGS SUTTON
Kings Sutton Plan
The photo looks south from the overbridge, and you can see how close the station is to the edge of the village.
    Kings Sutton station
Kings Sutton station is at the far end of Wales Street, the western-most point of this large, organically grown village (to judge from the road layout). There are about 20 free parking spaces plus 1 disabled, with a modern bus shelter with a perch bar on the south-bound side, and a traditional open-fronted but canopied brick shelter on the north side with one backless flat steel bench inside. The platforms are linked only by an overbridge, which means no wheeled access to the north platform. We previously commented on the lack of a footboard crossing, but we've since been advised that one existed until recently - and had proved as dangerous as our original note had felt possible. In those circumstances, removal was the sensible course of action. Wheels: LO.
Kings Sutton is the splitting point for the Oxford and High Wycombe lines. Continue immediately below for the Oxford route, or click here, Bicester North, to go across to the High Wycombe route.

Heyford Plan HEYFORD station is on the south-west corner of the two Heyfords, on the B4030. From observation, the station seems to be well-served by fast stopping trains, and there is free parking for about 30 cars. There are bus shelters on both platforms, an overbridge linking them, and an attractive canal-boat mooring to gaze at while waiting for your train. The Leamington Spa platform also has a public phone and a cycle rack beside it. Sadly, only the Leamington Spa side has easy access. So far as we could see, steps were the only way to reach the other platform. Wheels: LO.

Tackley Station   TACKLEY station marks the eastern boundary of the village, and is at the end of Nethercote Road, a virtual dead-end, but it is signed from the village's through road, Medcroft Road. The only parking is along house frontages on a fairly narrow street. At the line is a publicly operated level crossing - i.e. you check both ways, open the side gate for yourself, check again and quickly cross the line. Don't linger - the line is rated for 90 mph here. The opposite side is not a road but a farm track.
Tackley Plan   The Oxford platform sports a rather more stylish shelter than usual, along with some pseudo gas lamps and various notices including a village map. The Leamington Spa side just has lamps and notices. Both sides have easy-access ramps. Our impression was that a wheelchair user could get to both sides with no more than a minor struggle, but we'd be happy to hear a second opinion. Wheels: LO.

Oxford Plan 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 (like those on the London Underground). Platform 3 is the bay at the north end of the same platform. A passenger overbridge gets you to platform 2 for 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: LO.

Oxford also serves the Oxford, Evesham and Worcester route and the Oxford to Bicester branch.
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 dudleymall@dudleymall.co.uk or by post to Dudley Mall, 62 Gervase Drive, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 4AT.
Routes and Resources Table: Front Information Page Birmingham All-Stations Map
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Stations A-Z      
Birmingham New Street Station
Birmingham - Cheltenham & Bristol
Birmingham - Coventry & London Euston
Birmingham - Derby & Nottingham
Birmingham - Kidderminster & Worcester
Birmingham - Leamington Spa
Birmingham - Leicester
Birmingham - Lichfield
Birmingham - Redditch & Worcester
Birmingham - Rugeley
Birmingham - Stratford-upon-Avon
Bristol - Exeter
Cheltenham Spa - Cardiff
Chester - Hereford & Cardiff
Chester - Llandudno
Crewe - Shrewsbury
Crewe & Stoke - Wolverhampton & Birmingham
Derby & Nottingham - Bedford & London
Ipswich - Cambridge & Norwich
Leamington Spa - London
Leamington Spa - Oxford
Leicester - Cambridge
Lowestoft - Ipswich
Manchester - Crewe via M. Airport
Manchester - Crewe via Stockport
Norwich - Cambridge
Norwich - Great Yarmouth
Norwich - Lowestoft
Norwich - Sheringham
Nottingham - Grantham
Oxford - Bicester
Shrewsbury - Llandrindod
Stafford - Rugby via Trent Valley
Stoke-on-Trent - Derby      
Walsall - Shrewsbury
Worcester - Hereford
Worcester - Oxford
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