Laverton Halt railway station

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Laverton Halt
Location
Place Laverton
Area Tewkesbury
Operations
Original company Great Western Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
Western Region of British Railways
Platforms 2
History
14 August 1905 Opened
7 March 1960 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
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Laverton Halt railway station was a halt on the Honeybourne Line from Honeybourne to Cheltenham which served the hamlet of Laverton in Gloucestershire between 1905 and 1960.

The line through the site of the now-demolished station, lifted after the route's full closure in 1976, has been relaid by the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway, with the first service to the site running on 30 March 2011. While the station has not been rebuilt, a run-round has been constructed at the site, which has now been removed (May 2016) ready for the extension to Broadway station.

History[edit]

On 9 July 1859, the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway opened a line from Stratford-upon-Avon to Honeybourne.[1][2] The OW&W became the West Midland Railway in 1860 and was acquired by Great Western Railway in 1883 with a view to combining it with the Birmingham to Stratford Line to create a high-speed route from the Midlands to the South West.[3][4] The GWR obtained authorisation in 1899 for the construction of a double-track line between Honeybourne and Cheltenham and this was completed in stages by 1908.[5]

Laverton Halt was opened on 14 August 1905.[6] It was situated half a mile from the village of Laverton, from which it was separated by what is now the B4632 road.[7] As well as Laverton, the halt served the villages of Buckland, Wormington and Stanton.[8] To the south of Laverton Halt is Stanway Viaduct, a viaduct comprising 15 arches, each of which is 15 ft (4.6 m) in width and 46 ft (14 m) in height constructed of Staffordshire blue brick.[9]

The station was a simple rail motor halt constructed of timber, much like other halts on the line.[8] The two wooden trellis platforms had no passenger facilities beyond a small pagoda hut on each platform.[10][11] The 100 ft (30 m) platforms cost £235 (equivalent to £22,800 in 2015) and were extended in November 1906 to 158 ft (48 m) at a cost of £29 (equivalent to £2,800 in 2015).[12] A footpath from the road was constructed in 1909 at a cost of £54 (equivalent to £5,200 in 2015).[12]

At first, Laverton was supervised by the stationmaster at Toddington, but it later came under the control of Broadway.[12] A timetable from August 1906 shows that Laverton Halt was served by seven services each way between Honeybourne and Cheltenham,[13] with trains calling there 6 minutes after leaving Broadway in the Down direction and 7 minutes after leaving Toddington in the Up direction.[14] By 1932, the service was supplemented by three trains each way between Cheltenham and Broadway, and one to Winchcombe and back.[15] The station was used by many schoolchildren who used it to travel to Cheltenham.[12] It closed on 7 March 1960,[6][16] the same day on which the local passenger service was withdrawn from the Honeybourne Line.[15]

Present and future[edit]

The underbridge to the north of the station was removed in August 1988 to allow tall machinery to access the British Gas facility at Laverton.[12] It was finally replaced in December 2009[17] by a bridge which provided the same headroom as the previous one - 13 ft 3 in (4.04 m).[18] The cost of the new bridge was met by National Grid which now operates the gas facility.[19]

The Heritage Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, which is currently in the process of reopening a major section of the Honeybourne to Cheltenham line to Broadway, ran the first train to the site of Laverton Halt on 30 March 2011.[20][21] The halt has not been reinstated, although a run-round loop was installed at the site. This loop was first used on 9 March 2013,[22] and removed by May 2016 for reuse at Broadway station.

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Broadway
Line and station closed
  Great Western Railway
Honeybourne Line
  Toddington
Line open, station open
Heritage Railways  Proposed Heritage railways
Broadway
Line and station closed
  Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway   Toddington
Line open, station open

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yorke 2009, p. 82.
  2. ^ Maggs & Nicholson 1985, p. 7.
  3. ^ Kingscott 2009, p. 97.
  4. ^ Oppitz 2004, p. 33.
  5. ^ Oppitz 2004, pp. 33-35.
  6. ^ a b Butt 1995, p. 139.
  7. ^ Mitchell & Smith 2005, fig. 48.
  8. ^ a b Maggs & Nicholson 1985, p. 33.
  9. ^ Yorke 2009, p. 83.
  10. ^ Yorke 2009, p. 87.
  11. ^ Mitchell & Smith 2005, fig. 49.
  12. ^ a b c d e Baker 1994, p. 89.
  13. ^ Baker 1994, p. 31.
  14. ^ Baker 1994, p. 30.
  15. ^ a b Maggs & Nicholson 1985, p. 60.
  16. ^ Clinker 1978, p. 73.
  17. ^ Crowder, Ian (2011-05-01). "Bridge progress". Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  18. ^ Atkins (May 2009). "GWSR Laverton Bridge Replacement Deck: Design and Access Statement" (PDF). Tewkesbury Borough Council. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  19. ^ Crowder, Ian (2010-03-01). "Job done! A new bridge on the Honeybourne Line". Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  20. ^ Crowder, Ian (2011-05-01). "Rain doesn't stop play for first train to Laverton". Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  21. ^ Johnston, Howard (2011-01-12). "Regional News". Rail Magazine (661). Bauer Media Group. p. 12. 
  22. ^ Crowder, Ian (2013-03-09). "2013 season gets under way". Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. Retrieved 2014-01-24. 

Sources[edit]

  • Baker, Audie (1994). The Stratford on Avon to Cheltenham Railway. Grasscroft, Oldham: Irwell Press. ISBN 978-1-871608-62-5. 
  • Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  • Clinker, C.R. (October 1978). Clinker's Register of Closed Passenger Stations and Goods Depots in England, Scotland and Wales 1830-1977. Bristol: Avon-Anglia Publications & Services. ISBN 0-905466-19-5. 
  • Kingscott, Geoffrey (2009). Lost Railways of Warwickshire. Newbury, Berkshire: Countryside Books. ISBN 978-1-84674-174-6. 
  • Maggs, Colin G.; Nicholson, Peter (1985). The Honeybourne Line: The continuing story of the Cheltenham to Honeybourne and Stratford upon Avon Railway. Cheltenham, Glos.: Line One Publishing. ISBN 978-0-907036-12-8. 
  • Mitchell, Victor E.; Smith, Keith (August 2005) [1998]. Stratford upon Avon to Cheltenham. Country Railway Routes. Midhurst: Middleton Press. ISBN 1-901706-25-7. 
  • Oppitz, Leslie (2004) [2002]. Lost Railways of Herefordshire & Worcestershire. Newbury, Berkshire: Countryside Books. ISBN 978-1-85306-754-9. 
  • Yorke, Stan (2009). Lost Railways of Gloucestershire. Newbury, Berkshire: Countryside Books. ISBN 978-1-84674-163-0. 

Coordinates: 52°01′13″N 1°54′17″W / 52.02039°N 1.90467°W / 52.02039; -1.90467