Port Meadow Halt railway station

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Port Meadow Halt
Port Meadow Halt railway station site.jpg
Site of Port Meadow Halt railway station in September 2009. Station site in centre; train upper left is passing Oxford North Junction
Place Oxford
Area City of Oxford
Grid reference SP502079
Original company London and North Western Railway
Post-grouping London Midland and Scottish Railway
Platforms 2
20 August 1906 Station opened as Summertown Halt
January 1907 Station renamed Port Meadow Halt
1 January 1917 Station closed
5 May 1919 Station re-opened
30 October 1926 Station closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Port Meadow Halt was a railway station on the Varsity Line, between north Oxford and Port Meadow. The London and North Western Railway opened the halt as Summertown on 20 August 1906[1] and renamed it Port Meadow Halt in January 1907. It was closed between 1 January 1917 and 5 May 1919, and the London, Midland and Scottish Railway permanently closed it on 30 October 1926.[2] It was located on the north side of a footbridge leading from the present-day Aristotle Lane into Port Meadow, close to an occupation crossing which also gave access to the up platform.[2]

The opening of the station marked the inauguration of a rail motor car service between Oxford and Bicester. Journey time was 37 minutes and, other than Port Meadow and Bicester, the service called at Wolvercote Halt, Oxford Road Halt, Islip, Oddington Halt, Charlton Halt and Wendlebury Halt.[3] On the opening day the rail motor ran hot at the end of a return trip from Bicester in the early part of the morning and a 2-4-2 locomotive hauling an 8-wheel corridor coach replaced it; a step-ladder had to be provided for passengers to alight as the halts were only constructed of sleepers laid at rail level.[3] The rail motor service was withdrawn as a wartime economy measure in 1917 and restored in 1919. It was permanently withdrawn from 1925 due to the introduction of motorised bus services around Oxford.[3]


Preceding station National Rail Historical railways Following station
Oxford Rewley Road
Line and station closed
  London and North Western Railway
Varsity Line
  Wolvercote Halt
Line open, station closed


  1. ^ Waters 1986, p. 128.
  2. ^ a b Mitchell & Smith 2005, fig. III.
  3. ^ a b c Little 1930, p. 223.


  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. 
  • Little, E. (March 1930). "The Why and the Wherefore; Portmeadow Halt, L.M.S.R". Railway Magazine. Westminster: Railway Publishing Company Ltd. 66 (393): 223. ISSN 0033-8923. 
  • Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (July 2005). Oxford to Bletchley. Country Railway Routes. Middleton Press. ISBN 1-904474-57-8. 
  • Waters, Laurence (1986). Oxford. Rail Centres. London: Ian Allan. ISBN 0-7110-1590-2. 

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Coordinates: 51°46′03″N 1°16′24″W / 51.7674°N 1.2734°W / 51.7674; -1.2734