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Written by Olly Swan - 06 Sep 2008
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Location notes
Bucknell Bridge is roughly 2 and a half miles North West Bicester on the Chiltern Main line to Marylebone.
Railway type and traffic
Traffic is made up of 165/168s with several 67s a day on Wrexham & Shropshire trains. When the WCML is closed then some services get diverted along this line. This would bring out 66s on freight trains.
Environment
The bridge carries an unclassified road through some fields. The bridge carries a footpath from one side of the railway line to the other, but there are very few walkers. The road is fairly busy and cars come over the bridge at quite a speed, so watch out for them.
The M40 is about half a mile down the line in the Banbury Direction.
Road directions
Coming from Oxford, take the A41 up to the first roundabout into Bicester and head for the Town Center. Shortly after this roundabout there is another one, but continue towards the town centre. Shortly after this take a left hand turn onto the B4030. Follow this road till shortly after crossing the M40.
Shortly after the M40 bridge there is a right hand turn down an unclassified road. Follow this road, the Railway Bridge is shortly after the bridge over the M40.
Coming from the Aylesbury direction of the A41 the directions are the same, except you take the second roundabout on the A41 going past Bicester.

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Bucknell map co-ordinates
Parking
There is a lay-by with space for one car to the right before the bridge (vice versa if you did not follow the instructions above). If this is full then you could park in the entrance to a farmers field, the bridge is very close to the bridge, so you can move your car if the farmer needs access.
Public transport
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Amenities
In Bucknell Village there is a pub called The Trigger Pond. There is a supermarket in Bicester.
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Photographic notes
The trains are in a cutting, and due to vegetation on the bridge it is hard to get an angled shot.
Videographers note: The bridge is close to the M40 so there is noise pollution from the traffic.


General views - All photographs © Olly Swan unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south east


Fig 1 - Looking south east


Fig 2 - Looking north west


Fig 2 - Looking north west


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