Chiltern Railways announce work has begun to upgrade Banbury station

Work has begun to deliver several improvement projects to customer and staff facilities at Banbury station, operator Chiltern Railways has announced today (Monday 24 June). 

The projects include the creation of new male, female and accessible toilets in the lower ticket hall and the refurbishment of the café and overbridge area, creating a new Costa Coffee retail unit in partnership with Caterleisure later this year. The station will also undergo a full internal repaint in early 2025. 

In addition to the customer-related projects, Chiltern Railways is creating new colleague accommodation on the west side of the station to provide facilities for train drivers located at Banbury depot.  

In preparation for the first stage of improvements, Banbury has been deep cleaned by specialist contractors over the past three months. 

The construction works may cause some disruption to customers over the next 12 months. This includes the closure of certain areas of the west side car park and some short-term disruption to customer facilities whilst the station projects are delivered. 

Giles Conway, Area Manager for Oxfordshire at Chiltern Railways said: 

“Banbury is a key commuter and leisure hub on the Chiltern Railways network and we are delighted to announce investment plans to improve the station’s customer facilities in the coming year.  

“We are working alongside Oxfordshire County Council, Cherwell District Council, Caterleisure and community partners to make the station a warm and welcoming environment for rail users. These projects form part of a wider masterplan which will improve customer facilities at Banbury and better connect the station with key businesses and attractions in the town centre.” 

Louise Hodgson, Joint Managing Director at Caterleisure said: 

Caterleisure are very pleased to be refurbishing the café at Banbury station, with new seating for up to fifty customers. Passengers will be able to purchase Costa coffee and enjoy the tasty hot and cold snacks offered by the Costa brand, whilst at the same time pick up a magazine, confectionery or travel accessories.” 

The wider improvement plan for Banbury station includes Oxfordshire County Council creating a new access and public transport route from Tramway Road to the station. Work is set to begin later this year and more information can be viewed here

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Notes to editors

  • Chiltern Railways is part of the Arriva group, one of the leading providers of passenger transport in Europe,  employing around 34,400 people and delivering around 1.6 billion passenger journeys across 11 countries. 
  • Chiltern operates commuter/regional rail passenger services from its Central London terminus at London Marylebone along the M40 corridor to destinations in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire, as well as long-distance services to the West Midlands along two routes. Services on the Chiltern Main Line run from London Marylebone to Birmingham Snow Hill, Stratford-upon-Avon and Oxford, with some peak-hour services to Stourbridge Junction.
  • Chiltern also runs trains on the London to Aylesbury Line to Aylesbury (with some trains terminating at Aylesbury Vale Parkway instead), on the Princes Risborough to Aylesbury and Oxford to Bicester branch lines.