Park Leaze Halt railway station
|Park Leaze Halt|
|Original company||Western Region of British Railways|
|4 January 1960||Station opened|
|6 April 1964||Station closed|
|Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom|
|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.
The branch line to Cirencester had opened on 31 May 1841, but no intermediate stations were provided east of the junction at Kemble until the introduction of Diesel railbuses on the line in February 1959, when the small station of Chesterton Lane Halt was opened; less than a year later, on 4 January 1960, a second small station named Park Leaze Halt was opened.
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. The station was 92 miles 42 chains (148.9 km) from Paddington. 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). 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.
- 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.
|Preceding station||Disused railways||Following station|
|Chesterton Lane Halt
Line and station closed
|Western Region of British Railways
Cirencester Branch Line
Line closed, station open