Speech House Road railway station
Speech House Road railway station is a disused railway station opened by the former Severn and Wye Railway in 1875, it remained open for 88 years until the line, north of Parkend, closed to freight in 1963. Passenger trains on the Severn and Wye Railway, north of Lydney, were withdrawn from 1929.
|Speech House Road|
Sign marking the site of the former station.
|Area||Forest of Dean|
|Original company||Severn and Wye Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Severn and Wye and Severn Bridge Railway|
|Post-grouping||Severn and Wye and Severn Bridge Railway|
|23 September 1875||Opened|
|8 July 1929||Closed to passengers|
|12 August 1963||Closed to freight|
|Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom|
|Closed railway stations in Britain|
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The station was built by the Severn and Wye Railway which ran from Berkeley Road, over the Severn Railway Bridge between Sharpness and Lydney, following the route of the River Lyd to Parkend and finally onto Cinderford.
The station was situated on the south side of the Speech House Road (now the B4226).
The station consisted of one platform with a small building, a passing loop, a signal box opposite the platform building, next to the road crossing. It also had a small goods yard with a facilities for coal, timber and general freight, the station being home to a wooden derrick crane.
The Seven and Wye Railway opened the station as a halt in 1875. The facilities were then expanded by 1878. Cannop Colliery closed in 1960, removing most of the freight traffic that passed through the facilities. In 1963 the line was closed north of Coleford Junction.
Nothing remains of the station except the track bed (which is in use as a cycle track). A rail and sleeper name board marks the location of the platform (and the altitude at 78 m / 256 feet) and a pair of false wooden crossing gates - marking where the cycle track crosses the B4226.
The Dean Forest Railway (based at Norchard) plans to eventually extend a further 2½ miles to the site at Speech House Road, (bringing the line up to total of 6¾ miles in length). This could also include a station at Bicslade Wharf, as part of this proposed forthcoming project.
|Preceding station||Disused railways||Following station|
|Bicslade Wharf||Severn and Wye Railway
Later Severn and Wye Joint Railway (MR and GWR)
|Proposed Heritage railways|||
|Bicslade Wharf||Dean Forest Railway||Terminus|
- Stanley C Jenkins, The Ross, Monmouth and Pontypool Road Line, revised second edition 2009, ISBN 978-0-85361-692-4
- "Speech House Road in 1922". Flickr. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
- "Forest of Dean Railways - Speech House Road". Retrieved 10 June 2012.
- "Speech House Road in 2010". Flickr. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
- "The Future". Dean Forest Railway. Archived from the original on 23 July 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2013.