Islip 21 April 2015

The rebuilding of Islip station, pictured on 21 April 2015. A ribbon of brilliant white ballast across the Oxfordshire countryside marks Chiltern Railway's upgrading of the Oxford to Bicester line, which had for many years been a sleepy single track backwater. All trace of the previous small station has disappeared under this new construction, but the gate on the left, visible just above the new platform marks the entrance to the former rail served oil terminal. In the background a new footbridge takes shape, which mostly obscures a new road bridge at Oddington, in the far distance. The hill on the horizon is Graven Hill, home to the Bicester Army Depot.