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Railway

Radley has roughly hourly services to Didcot and Oxford, 7 days a week. A few trains continue beyond Didcot to Reading, or beyond Oxford to Banbury. One (at 0859, Mondays to Fridays) continues to Moreton in Marsh. One (at 0556, Mondays to Fridays) continues to Paddington.

You can pick up the timetable leaflet (T8) in the village shop, or download it here.

At Didcot there are connections to Reading, Paddington, Bath, Bristol, the West Country, and South Wales. At Oxford there are connections to the Cotswolds, Birmingham, the North, Bicester, High Wycombe, London Marylebone, Paddington, Southampton and Bournemouth.

You cannot (normally) buy your ticket(s) at Radley station. You can buy them

  • (sometimes) on the train
  • at your destination
  • if you have time, at a station (such as Didcot or Oxford) where you change trains
  • by phone: 03457 000125 (GWR) or 03456 005165 (Chiltern). Both companies sell tickets for any train journey in Great Britain.
  • on-line, using any train company’s website. For cheap “advance” tickets, crosscountry.co.uk is currently good, because they do not charge a fee to amend your ticket(s) if your plans change. Avoid companies (such as trainline) which charge a “booking fee”. You may have to collect your ticket before you travel, from a ticket machine or a staffed booking office (eg at Oxford). Or you may be able to choose an “e-ticket” which you can print at home or store on your smartphone.

There are cheap advance tickets from Radley to many destinations, including Bath, Cambridge, Reading, and Southampton. There are no advance tickets from Radley to London, but there are very cheap tickets from Oxford to either Paddington or Marylebone.

If you need assistance because you are elderly or have reduced mobility, telephone 0800 197 1329, preferably a few days in advance. Because there is no step-free access to the Didcot-bound platform, you should, if you need it, be offered an accessible taxi to take you to, or fetch you from, Oxford or Didcot.

The station is cared for by the Friends of Radley Station.

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