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Northampton Bridge Street railway station

Northampton Bridge Street is a former railway station in Northampton the main town of Northamptonshire on the Northampton and Peterborough Railway which connected Peterborough and Northampton.[3]

Northampton Bridge Street
Northampton Bridge Street station (1966).JPG
Station in 1966.
Location
PlaceFar Cotton, Northampton
AreaNorthampton
Operations
Original companyLondon and Birmingham Railway
Pre-groupingLondon and North Western Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
London Midland Region of British Railways
Platforms2
History
13 May 1845Opened as Northampton
June 1876Station renamed Northampton Bridge Street
4 May 1964Station closed to passengers[1][2]
1972Station closed to freight[2]
2005A factory's lone sidings by the station closed[2]
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

Contents

HistoryEdit

 
From the Illustrated London News, 24 July 1847
 
A 1911 Railway Clearing House map of railways in the vicinity of Northampton

This was the first station serving Northampton, originally named Northampton, it was later renamed Northampton Bridge Street in 1876 after a new station was built for the line to Market Harborough.[4] The station meant that people could travel to Wellingborough, Irthlingborough and Peterborough more quickly than before.

The service was from Peterborough to Northampton via Wellingborough. The station opened in 1845 with the buildings designed by the architect, John William Livock[5] and closed to passengers in 1964,[2] the buildings being demolished in 1969.[6]

Freight trains continued to use Bridge Street regularly until 1972 and a lone group of corporate sidings finally closed after holding out until 2005.[2]

Former servicesEdit

Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Blisworth   London and North Western Railway
Northampton and Peterborough Railway
  Billing
Northampton (Castle)   London and North Western Railway
Northampton to Market Harborough line
  Terminus

Today's usageEdit

The actual station was between the Old Towcester Road and the Line, this land is now a housing development.

The Line still runs past the station site although the line past the level crossing has been de-commissioned and is likely to be a road/cycle/walking route [NBC CAAP 2013]

There is still a Network Rail Depot on the south side of the line which includes on old LNWR shed.

Future plansEdit

On 22 October 2013 the West Northamptonshire Development Corporation announced that it had agreed to purchase the disused Northampton Bridge Street branch line from Network Rail for £1.5 million to create a two-mile (3km) cycle and pedestrian path linking the Brackmills Industrial Estate to the Northampton Enterprise Zone. [7]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J., (1995) The Directory of Railway Stations, Yeovil: Patrick Stephens
  2. ^ a b c d e http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/n/northampton_bridge_street/index.shtml
  3. ^ British Railways Atlas.1947. p.17
  4. ^ Catford, Nick (28 June 2006). "Subterranea Britannica: SB-Sites: Northampton Bridge Street Station". Subterranea Britannica. Retrieved 3 February 2009.
  5. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus (1961). The Buildings of England. Northamptonshitre. Penguin Books.
  6. ^ "Northampton History". Railway Correspondence and Travel Society. 2008. Retrieved 3 February 2009.
  7. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-24609060

Coordinates: 52°13′44″N 0°53′51″W / 52.2290°N 0.8975°W / 52.2290; -0.8975