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Churchdown railway station

Churchdown
Cheltenham - Paddington express passing Churchdown station in 1961
Location
Place Churchdown
Area Tewkesbury
Grid reference SO886202
Operations
Original company Birmingham and Gloucester Railway
Pre-grouping Midland Railway/Great Western Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway/Great Western Railway
History
9 August 1842 (1842-08-09) Opened
27 September 1842 Closed
2 February 1874 Re-opened
2 November 1964 Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
A B C D–F G H–J K–L M–O P–R S T–V W–Z
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Churchdown railway station was situated on the main line between Birmingham and Bristol.

History


The railway line between Cheltenham and Gloucester opened on 4 November 1840, the final section of the Birmingham and Gloucester Railway (B&G) which had been authorised in 1836.[1] At first, there were no intermediate stations, but on 9 August 1842 the first station at Churchdown was opened by the B&G; it proved to be temporary, being closed again on 27 September.[2] Less than a year later, on 22 August 1843, a station opened closer to Cheltenham at nearby Badgworth.[3][4] Both stations were built in response to request from the residents of Badgeworth for a station closer than Cheltenham or Gloucester; Churchdown was the first choice of the railway company since it was closer to the half-way point between the two towns.[5]

The permanent station at Churchdown was opened on 2 February 1874, and was the joint property of the Midland Railway (successor to the B&G) and the Great Western Railway,[2][6] who had shared the line since 1847.[7]

The station closed on 2 November 1964,[2] as part of the reshaping of British Railways by Dr Beeching.

The site of the station is 89 miles 65 chains (144.5 km) from Derby.[4] Little remains of the station itself next to what is now Station Close, but through traffic continues on the line. Plans have been proposed in the past to put in a third or fourth track though Churchdown between Cheltenham and Gloucester. It is not expected that Network Rail will put in this third track in the near future.

Routes

|- style="text-align: center;" | style="border-top:solid 1px gray; "| Gloucester Eastgate
Line and station closed | style="background:#DC143C; border-top:solid 1px gray; " |   | style="text-align: center; border-top:solid 1px gray; "|Midland Railway
Bristol and Gloucester Railway | style="background:#DC143C;border-top:solid 1px gray; " |   | style="border-top:solid 1px gray; "|Cheltenham Lansdown
Line and station open |- style="text-align: center;" | style="border-top:solid 1px gray; "| Gloucester
Line and station open | style="background:#8f691e; border-top:solid 1px gray; " |   | style="text-align: center; border-top:solid 1px gray; "|Great Western Railway
Cheltenham and Great Western Union Railway | style="background:#8f691e;border-top:solid 1px gray; " |   | style="border-top:solid 1px gray; "|Cheltenham Malvern Road
Line and station closed |}

References

Coordinates: 51°52′51″N 2°10′02″W / 51.88075°N 2.16714°W / 51.88075; -2.16714

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