Bledlow Bridge Halt railway station

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Bledlow Bridge Halt
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Bledlow Bridge Halt in 1961
Location
Place Bledlow
Area Wycombe district
Grid reference SP781028
Operations
Original company Great Western Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
Western Region of British Railways
Platforms 1
History
1 September 1906[1] Station opened
1 July 1957[2] Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Bledlow Bridge Halt railway station was a halt on the Watlington and Princes Risborough Railway which the Great Western Railway opened in 1906 to serve the Buckinghamshire village of Bledlow. The opening of the halt was part of a GWR attempt to encourage more passengers on the line at a time when competition from bus services was drawing away patronage.

History

The halt was one of three that the GWR opened on the line in September 1906 to try to encourage passenger traffic in the face of increased competition from buses.[3] It was situated to the north of Bledlow, on the northern side of Perry Lane adjacent to the railway overbridge which carried the Watlington and Princes Risborough Railway over the road. A flight of steps led up from the road to the station which had very basic facilities: a single low platform, no more than one coach-length long, a running in board and a small wooden passenger waiting shelter. The 7 square yards (5.9 m2) needed for the waiting shelter were acquired by the railway company from Lord Carrington in 1909.

Responsibility for the halt was given to the stationmaster of the nearby Bledlow station on the Wycombe Railway. Staff from this station were sent to refill the three paraffin lamps on the halt, as well as the down distant signal for Wainhill Crossing Halt. In winter a member of staff lit the lamps in the afternoon and the guard on the last train extinguished them. By the 1940s only a handful of people were reported to be using the halt which was convenient for a nearby children's home. In the long term the GWR's halt strategy did little to dissuade people from more convenient bus services. In 1957 British Railways closed the halt and withdrew passenger services from the line.[4]


Preceding station National Rail Historical railways Following station
Princes Risborough
Line and station open
  Great Western Railway
Watlington and Princes Risborough Railway
  Wainhill Crossing Halt
Line open, station closed

Present day

Little remains of the halt.[5] The halt building was demolished when the line closed but the steps that lead up to the halt, although damaged and overgrown, are visible. Although the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway has reopened the line it is not possible to alight.[6] When the line ran steps from the carriage were used to allow passengers to gain access so, although the platform remains, it is not used by the CPRR because of its height.

References

  1. ^ Butt, 1995, page 37
  2. ^ Clinker, 1978, page 14
  3. ^ Oppitz, 2000, page 22
  4. ^ Karau and Turner, 1998, pages 124-127
  5. ^ Shannon, 1995, page 137
  6. ^ CPRR, "Diesel Gala Weekend: 27 June 2009".

Sources

  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Jowett, Alan (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas (1st ed.). Penryn, Cornwall: Atlantic Transport Publishers. ISBN 978-0-906899-99-1. OCLC 228266687. 
  • Jowett, Alan (March 1989). Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-086-0. OCLC 22311137. 
  • Karau, Paul; Turner, Chris (1998). Country branch line: An intimate portrait of the Watlington branch. Vol 2: The stations. Didcot: Wild Swan. ISBN 1-874103-46-1. 
  • Oppitz, Leslie (2000). Lost Railways of the Chilterns. Newbury: Countryside Books. ISBN 1-85306-643-5. 
  • Shannon, Paul (1995). British Railways Past and Present: Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and West Hertfordshire. Wadenhoe, Peterborough: Past & Present Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-85895-073-2. 

External links

  • Station on navigable 1946 O.S. map
  • Image of the station in 1957
  • Bledlow Bridge Halt on Subterranea Britannica

Coordinates: 51°43′08″N 0°52′17″W / 51.718791°N 0.871362°W / 51.718791; -0.871362

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