Park Leaze Halt railway station

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Park Leaze Halt
Location
PlaceEwen
AreaCotswold
Coordinates51°41′15″N 1°59′26″W / 51.6875°N 1.9906°W / 51.6875; -1.9906Coordinates: 51°41′15″N 1°59′26″W / 51.6875°N 1.9906°W / 51.6875; -1.9906
Grid referenceSU007987
Operations
Original companyWestern Region of British Railways
Platforms1
History
4 January 1960 (1960-01-04)Station opened
6 April 1964 (1964-04-06)Station closed
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Closed railway stations in Britain
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Park Leaze Halt railway station was one of two intermediate halts on the Cirencester branch line from Kemble, Gloucestershire, England. It was one of the shortest-lived stations in post-World War II Britain, being open for just over four years, between 1960 and 1964.[1]

History[edit]

The branch line to Cirencester had opened on 31 May 1841, but no intermediate stations were provided east of the junction at Kemble[2] until the introduction of Diesel railbuses on the line in February 1959, when the small station of Chesterton Lane Halt was opened;[3][4] less than a year later, on 4 January 1960, a second small station named Park Leaze Halt was opened.[5]

There was a single low platform, on the down side (north) of the line and on the Cirencester side of an overbridge; the platform was constructed from sleepers, and there was no shelter.[6][7] The station was 92 miles 42 chains (148.9 km) from Paddington.[1] With the opening of this halt, the railcar service between Kemble and Cirencester increased from 13 to 14 in each direction on weekdays (three more ran on Saturdays).[8] The halt served an area of farmland, the immediate population being approximately 20. The nearest village was Ewen, but the distance from Ewen to Kemble was not much more than to Park Leaze Halt, so the halt was only useful for Ewen residents if they were visiting Cirencester.[9]

The halt closed with the end of passenger services on the Cirencester Town branch on 6 April 1964,[5] the last trains having run on the evening of 5 April.[10]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bray 1998, p. 103.
  2. ^ MacDermot 1927, pp. 170–1.
  3. ^ Bray 1998, p. 74.
  4. ^ Mitchell & Smith 2005, fig. 53.
  5. ^ a b Butt 1995, p. 181.
  6. ^ Bray 1998, pp. 102–3.
  7. ^ Mitchell & Smith 2005, fig. 52.
  8. ^ Bray 1998, p. 75.
  9. ^ Bray 1998, p. 102.
  10. ^ Bray 1998, p. 92.

References[edit]

  • Bray, Nigel (1998). The Cirencester Branch. Usk: Oakwood Press. ISBN 0-85361-504-7. Locomotion Papers LP207.
  • Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  • MacDermot, E.T. (1927). History of the Great Western Railway, vol. I: 1833-1863. Paddington: Great Western Railway.
  • Mitchell, Victor E.; Smith, Keith (January 2005). Swindon to Gloucester. Western Main Lines. Midhurst: Middleton Press. ISBN 1-904474-46-2.

External links[edit]


Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Chesterton Lane Halt
Line and station closed
  Western Region of British Railways
Cirencester Branch Line
  Kemble
Line closed, station open