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Stratford-upon-Avon Racecourse Platform Railway Station

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OverviewEdit

It was on the Stratford upon Avon to Cheltenham section of the Honeybourne Line, one mile (1.6 km) south of the town cent.

The station served Stratford Racecourse. It closed in 1968 as a result of falling passenger numbers despite of a local publicity campaign and couple of local protests in 1967. The race course still gose on. 

HistoryEdit

The Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway opened a line on 9 July 1859. A double-track line was opened between Honeybourne and Cheltenham in 1908.

The utilitarian station was opened on 6 May 1933 as Stratford-on-Avon Racecourse Platform and later renamed in 1951 to change the Stratford-upon-Avon Racecourse Platform. The trains were original few other than except for race day specials.

A section of the SMJR crossing over a near by bridge was to closed on 13 June 1960 following the opening of a newly built curve connecting the SMJR with the Honeybourne Line so ironstone traffic from South Wales to Banbury (rather than via the Alcester to Hatton Branch Line) and also to alow the closure of the redundant line between Stratford and Broom Junction. The curve became redundant and closed on 5 July 1965 after the ironstone trade did not live up to expectations.

A twice-daily DMU train ran between Gloucester and Leamington Spa in 1968. It was closed on 25 March 1968 due to passenger usage collapsing in the face of growing competition from cars and buses.

Freight services continued to pass through the station until 1 November 1976 when the line itself was closed, with the tracks between the present Stratford station and Honeybourne station it's self being removed in 1979.

Life todayEdit

It became the 5miles Stratford Greenway in 1989 under a joint venture between Sustrans and Warwickshire County Council.

2 reconditioned Mark 2 1967 carriages stand on the site as a bicycle hire centre and the other as a café.

It has been proposed as the northern terminus of the privately run Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway.

Also seeEdit

  1. The Beeching Axe
  2. Notable UK stations 1945 to 1990

SourcesEdit

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