Radipole railway station

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Radipole
Location
Place Radipole
Area Weymouth and Portland
Operations
Original company Great Western Railway
Post-grouping Southern Region of British Railways
Platforms 2
History
1 July 1905 Opened as Radipole Halt
5 May 1969 Renamed Radipole
31 December 1983 last trains stopped at station
6 February 1984 Officially closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
A B C D–F G H–J K–L M–O P–R S T–V W–Z
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Radipole was a railway station serving a northern area of Weymouth in the county of Dorset in England.[1]

History[edit]

Opened by the GWR as Radipole Halt on 1 July 1905,[2] it was part of a scheme by the railway company to counter road competition, particularly from Weymouth's buses. Situated 167 mi 65 chains (270.1 km) from Paddington,[3] it was initially served by local Weymouth to Dorchester South rail motor and Abbotsbury trains. The station lasted well into the nationalised era served by Bournemouth to Weymouth trains on what is now known as the South Western Main Line, as well as Westbury line DMUs.[3] When built, its two short platforms had GWR pagoda shelters but these rusted and were replaced with bus shelters in 1978.[3] The word Halt was dropped from its title on 5 May 1969.[2]

No further services called at Radipole after 31 December 1983 as, according to the Southern Region of British Railways, its wooden platforms had become "too unsafe for use to continue".[4] At the time, the Department for Transport was considering a proposal to withdraw passenger services from the station and British Rail had stated that heavy expenditure on repairs was not justified whilst the station's future was in doubt.[4] Official consent was received in January 1984 and the official date of closure was 6 February 1984.[4]

The site today[edit]

Little now remains of the halt although the places in the wall where the access paths were bricked up can still be seen. Trains still pass on the Heart of Wessex Line and the South Western Main Line.[5]

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Upwey
Line Open, Station Open
  Great Western Railway
Wilts, Somerset and Weymouth Railway
  Weymouth
Line Open, Station Open

References[edit]

  1. ^ Philip Conolly, W. (2004) [1958]. British Railways Pre-Grouping Atlas and Gazetteer. Hersham, Surrey: Ian Allan Ltd. p. 3, section G3. ISBN 978-0-7110-0320-0. 
  2. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 193. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. 
  3. ^ a b c Body, Geoffrey (1989) [1984]. Railways of the Southern Region. Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 154. ISBN 1-85260-297-X. 
  4. ^ a b c "News and notes: "Unsafe" station closed". Railway Magazine 130 (995): 117. March 1984. 
  5. ^ "Disused Stations". Subterranea Britannica. 

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Coordinates: 50°37′44″N 2°27′44″W / 50.6290°N 2.4623°W / 50.6290; -2.4623