Charlbury station building suffers flood damage

Charlbury’s historic station building is currently closed to passengers after suffering flood damage the week before Christmas.

The leak, cased by a frozen water pipe, flooded the ticket office and saturated the ceiling, walls and floor of the Grade II-listed structure, which was designed by the pioneering railway engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel for the Oxford Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway in the early 1850s.

Surveyors are currently assessing the damage and drawing up plans for repair work, which is expected to take some time.

Liz Leffman, Charlbury’s county councillor, has been told by GWR that they are looking into ways to reinstate electrical and data connections to the live departure boards and the station’s self-service ticket machine, so that they will work again while the building remains closed.

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