Network Rail has selected Kier for delivering the detailed design and enabling works package for the £65m Oxford railway station upgrade, as part of the Oxford Corridor Phase 2 Project.

Kier has won the contract to take Phase 2C and 2D of the project through Governance for Railway Investment Projects (GRIP) Stage 5 before the final funding decision to be taken by the in the months to come by the Department for Transport.

Replacing the current railway bridge spanning Botley Road with a new, broad structure that will include 4m-wide cycle/footways on either side of the road are some of the works to be undertaken for the Phase 2C Botley Road improvement.

Other works of this Phase include are lowering and realigning the highway, which will allow double-decker buses to pass easily under the bridge. The existing footbridge in this phase will also be replaced.

The construction of an extra platform and overhead canopy, a new entrance to western station, ticket office, waiting room, toilets, café and shops, along with the construction of a subway to connect the western entrance to the new platform comprise the Phase 2D platform 5 and station improvement works.

The demolition of buildings around the station, and aligning road at Roger Dudman Way, including the Sheepwash Bridge replacement, are included in the package that will improve safety at the junction with Botley Road.

The new fifth platform and improved facilities will enhance the capacity of the station, accessibility, safety and passenger experience upon its completion.

Kier Infrastructure group managing director Mark Pengelly said: “The Oxford Corridor Phase 2 Project is of national significance given its focus to improve passenger journeys, not only to the North and South, but also to the East and West due to the link with East West Rail.

“Kier will be working alongside our strategic design partner WSP to develop the detailed design and carry out enabling works for the project, combining our knowledge and expertise of complex civil engineering in the rail sector to deliver safely, whilst minimising the level of disruption to the travelling public and nearby businesses.”


Kier was appointed by Network Rail to deliver the next stage of £65m improvement project at Oxford railway station. Credit: Martin Winkler from Pixabay.