Newtown Halt railway station

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Newtown Halt
Location
Place Great Yarmouth
Area Great Yarmouth
Grid reference TG528090
Operations
Post-grouping Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway
Eastern Region of British Railways
Platforms 1
History
17 July 1933 Opened
September 1939 Closed
June 1948 Reopened
2 March 1959 Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Newtown Halt was a railway station on the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway (M&GN) which served the northern part of Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, England. Opened in 1933, it was closed as a wartime economy measure and reopened in 1948 only to last a further eleven years before closing with the line.

History[edit]

The halt was one of seven opened by the M&GN in the summer of 1933 in an attempt to increase revenues on the line. Comprising a single wooden platform situated at ground level, Newtown Halt was located on the northern side of Salisbury Road, approximately ½-mile north of the line's terminus at Yarmouth Beach, giving visitors access to the attractions found in the northern part of Yarmouth, as well as being convenient for Great Yarmouth High School.[1] The area was, however, already well-served by regular bus services and by June 1958 only 25 passengers were found to be boarding trains here during the course of a week.[2] The line crossed Salisbury Road on the level, a signal box standing on the opposite side of the crossing; the signalman was responsible for locking and unlocking the gates to the halt. Following closure in 1959, the rails were lifted but the infrastructure remained intact until the early 1960s.[3]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Caister-on-Sea   Midland and Great Northern
Yarmouth Line
  Yarmouth Beach

Present day[edit]

Although little evidence of the station remains today, the site of the halt remains unbuilt upon and can be discerned from Salisbury Road where it is used as an official car park by residents. The trackbed immediately to the north and south of the station exists as an unadopted highway.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adderson, R.; Kenworthy, G. (2007). Melton Constable to Yarmouth Beach. Midhurst, West Sussex: Middleton Press. pp. Plate XXI. ISBN 978-1-906008-03-1. 
  2. ^ Adderson, R. and Kenworthy, G., Plate 101.
  3. ^ Adderson, R. and Kenworthy, G., Plate 102.
  4. ^ Yarmouth Newtown Halt

Coordinates: 52°37′12″N 1°44′05″E / 52.6201°N 1.7348°E / 52.6201; 1.7348