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THE CLOSURES RECOMMENDED BY THE BEECHING REPORT

 

The report by Dr Beeching entitled 'The Reshaping of British Railways' was published in 1963 and includes a list of passenger services to be withdrawn (www.railwaysarchive.co.uk). There is also a section with passenger services to be modified, together with a listing of 1,924 stations and halts to be closed.

A further section itemises those services under consideration for closure before the report was written.

The closures listed in the report relate rather more to train services per se than the sections of track affected. The following is a reformatted list of the services proposed for closure by the report, subdivided into broad geographical areas. The recommendations for the closure of local (i.e. intermediate) stations are given at the end of each section.

Dates of closure (month/year) are given where implemented. Further detail relating to the sections of track affected is given in italics. 

Click here for the lines already under consideration.

Passenger services to be withdrawn

(Click here for further additions that were made to this list in 1965-6) 

SCOTLAND

Aberdeen-Ballater, 2/66

Aberdeen-Fraserburgh, Dyce J.-F 10/65

Aberdeen-Inverurie -

Aberfeldy-Ballinluig, 5/65

Ardrossan-Kilmamock, Irvine-Crosshouse 4/64

Arrochar-Craigendoran (locals) 7/64

Aviemore-Craigellachie-Elgin, Boat of Garten-C 10/65, E-C-Keith J. 5/68

Ayr-Dalmellington, 4/64

Ayr-Kilmarnock, A-Troon (Barassie) 1/67, Barassie-K 3/69

Ayr-Stranraer -

Ballachulish-Connel Ferry-Oban, B-CF 3/66

Banff-Tillynaught, 7/64

Barrhead-Glasgow St. Enoch -

Carlisle-Hawick-Edinburgh Waverley, 1/69

Carlisle-Riddings Junction-Langholm, RJ-L 6/64

Coatbridge-Dumbarton, Carmyle-D 10/64, Coatbridge-Rutherglen 11/66, Glasgow-Carmyle-Whifflet reopened 10/93

Comrie-Crieff-Gleneagles, 7/64

Darvel-Kilmamock, 4/64

Dumfries-Castle Douglas-Kirkcudbright, CD-K 5/65, Dunragit-Dumfries 6/65

Dumfries-Stranraer, see above

Dunbar-Edinburgh Waverley (local?)

Dundee-Crail-Thornton, Leuchars-St Andrews 1/69, St A-Leven 9/65, Leven-

Thornton J 10/69

East Kilbride-Glasgow St. Enoch -

Edinburgh Princes Street-Carstairs-Lanark (locals)

Edinburgh Princes Street-Glasgow Central (via Shotts and Holytown) -

Edinburgh Princes Street-Kingsknowe, Kinsknowe 7/64-reopened 2/71

Edinburgh Waverley-Musselburgh, Joppa-M 9/64, Abbeyhill J.-Piershill J. 9/64

Elgin-Lossiemouth, 4/64

Fraserburgh-St. Combs, 5/65

Georgemas Junction-Thurso -

Glasgow Buchanan Street-Stirling-Oban, Crianlarich-Dunblane 9/65

Glasgow Queen Street-Kirkintilloch, Lenzie-K 9/64

Glasgow St. Enoch-Dalry-Kilmarnock (Lochwinnoch loop), D-Elderslie 6/66

Glasgow St. Enoch-Kilmacolm, Paisley-K 1/83

Glasgow St. Enoch-Paisley West, Paisley West 2/66

Hamilton-Strathaven/Coalburn, 10/65

Inverness-Kyle of Lochalsh -

Inverness-Wick -

Killin-Killin Junction, 9/65

Kinross-Alloa-Stirling, K-A and locals 6/64

Lanark-Muirkirk, 10/64

Maud-Peterhead, 5/65

Perth-Blair Atholl-Struan - Locals 5/65

 

Aberdeen-Keith-Elgin (Local)

Aviemore-Inverness-Elgin (Local)

Berwick-upon-Tweed-Edinburgh Waverley (Local)

Carlisle-Dumfries-Glasgow St. Enoch (Local)

Carlisle-Glasgow Central (Local)

Fort William-Mallaig (Local)

Glasgow Buchanan Street-Stirling-Perth (Local)

Glasgow St. Enoch-Lugton-Kilmamock (Local)

 

NORTH WEST

Bacup-Bury-Manchester Victoria, Bacup-Rawtenstall 12/66, R-Bury 6/72

Barrow-Whitehaven -

Blackpool North-Fleetwood, F-Wyre Dock 4/66, WD-Poulton –le-Fylde 6/70

Bury Bolton Street-Manchester Victoria, BBS-Clifton J. 12/66

Buxton-Manchester Piccadilly -

Carlisle-Penrith-Workington, P-Keswick 3/72, K-W 4/66

Carlisle-Silloth, 9/64

Carlisle-Skipton -

Carnforth-Wennington – but Morecambe-Wennington 1/66

Chester General-Liverpool Lime Street -

Colne-Accrington-Bury-Manchester Victoria, A-Ramsbottom 12/66, R-B 6/72

Crossens-Southport Chapel Street, Preston-S 9/64

Earby-Barnoldswick, 9/65

Etruria-Kidsgrove (Stoke Loop), 3/64

Glazebrook-Stockport Tiviot Dale, 11/64

Glazebrook-Wigan Central 11/64

Greenfield-Stalybridge-Manchester Exchange - but ME 5/69

Hadfield/Glossop-Manchester Piccadilly -

Hayfield/Macclesfield- Romiley-Manchester Piccadilly, H-New Mills 1/70, M-Rose Hill (Marple) 1/70

Lake Side (Windermere)-Ulverston, 9/65 for extant excursion traffic

Lancaster Castle/Lancaster Green Ayre-Heysham, LC-LGA 1/66, Morecambe (Torrisholme Js No1-No2) 1/66

Leek-Uttoxeter, 1/65

Liverpool Exchange- Fazakerley-Wigan Wallgate -

Liverpool Exchange-Southport Chapel Street -

Liverpool Lime Street-St. Helens-Wigan North Western -

Manchester Central-Chinley-Hope-Sheffield Midland -

Manchester Victoria-Horwich, H-Black Rod 9/65

Manchester Victoria-Newton Heath-Middleton, Middleton-Middleton J. 9/64

Moor Row-Sellafield, MR-Egremont (workmen’s) 9/65

New Brighton-Chester Northgate-Wrexham Central - Locals

Preston-Southport Chapel Street, 9/64

Rose Grove-Todmorden, 11/65

Royton-Royton Junction, 4/66

Silverdale-Stoke-on-Trent. 3/64

St. Helens Shaw Street-Earlestown-Warrington Bank Quay, StHSS-StH J 6/65

Stafford-Wellington, 9/64

 

Carlisle-Preston-Warrington-Crewe (Local)

Chester General-Crewe (Local)

Chester General-Warrington Bank Quay-Manchester Exchange (Local)

Crewe-Shrewsbury (Local)

Huddersfield-Manchester Exchange (Local)

Liverpool Lime Street-Tyldesley-Patricroft-Manchester Exchange (Local)

Manchester Exchange-Tyldesley-Wigan North Western (Local)

Oxenholme-Windermere (Local)

Shrewsbury-Wellington (Local)

Stalybridge-Stockport Edgeley (Local)

 

NORTH EAST

Bishop Auckland-Durham-Sunderland, 5/64

Blyth-Newsham, 11/64

Bradford Exchange-Batley-Wakefield, 9/64

Bradford Exchange-Pudsey-Leeds Central, 6/64

Church Fenton-Wetherby-Harrogate, 1/64

Crook-Bishop Auckland-Darlington, C-Etherley 3/65

Darlington-Northallerton-Harrogate-Leeds, N-H 3/67

Darlington-Barnard Castle-Middleton-in-Teesdale, 11/64

Darlington-Richmond, 3/69

Driffield-Selby, 6/65

Goole-Selby, 6/64

Goole-Wakefield -

Guisborough-Middlesbrough, G-Nunthorpe 3/64

Harrogate –Wetherby-Leeds City, W-Cross Gates 1/64

Harrogate-York -

Hornsea Town-Hull, 10/64

Huddersfield-Clayton West-Penistone, CW-Shepley 1/83

Hull-Withernsea, 10/64

Hull-York, Beverley-Y 11/65

Knottingley-Leeds City, Castleford Cutsyke J-Methley North J 10/68

Leeds Central-Castleford Central-Pontefract, see above, P (Baghill)-P (Monkhill) 11/64

Leeds City and Bradford Forster Square-Ilkley-Skipton, I-S 3/65, also Arthington-Burley-in-Wharfedale 3/65

Malton-Whitby, M (Rillington)-Grosmont 3/65

Middlesbrough-Whitby-Scarborough, 3/65

Monkseaton-Blyth-Newbiggin, 11/64

Newbiggin-Newcastle-on-Tyne, Newbiggin-Backworth, Hartley-Monkseaton 11/64

Newcastle-on-Tyne-Washington, Pelaw-Durham 5/64

South Shields (Tyne Dock)-Sunderland, 6/65

 

Bradford Exchange-Halifax-Huddersfield (Local)

Bradford Exchange-MirfieId-Huddersfield (Local)

Bradford Forster Square-Shipley-Leeds City (Local)

Doncaster-Leeds Central (Local)

Haltwhistle-Newcastle-on-Tyne (Local)

Hexham-Newcastle-on-Tyne (Local)

Leeds City and Bradford Forster Square-Keighley-Skipton (Local)

Leeds City-Cross Gates-Micklefield (Local)

Leeds City-Cudworth-Sheffield Midland (Local)

Newcastle-on-Tyne-Riverside-Tynemouth (Local)

Sunderland-West Hartlepool (Local)

 

MIDLANDS

Banbury/London Marylebone-Leicester Central-Nottingham Victoria-Sheffield Victoria-York, Aylesbury-Sheffield 9/66 but Rugby-Nottingham 5/69, Sheffield Victoria 1/70

Banbury-Woodford Halse, 9/66

Birmingham New Street-Sutton Park-Walsall, Castle Bromwich-W 1/65

Bletchley-Buckingham, Buckingham-Verney J  9/64

Bromyard-Worcester Shrub Hill, B-Henwick 9/64

Burton-on-Trent-Leicester London Road, 9/64

Burton-on-Trent-Wolverhampton High Level, Winchnor J.-Walsall 1/65

Buxton-Millers Dale, 3/67

Derby Friar Gate-Nottingham Victoria, DFG-New Basford 9/64

Dudley-Old Hill, 6/64

Dudley-Walsall, 7/64

Dunstable North-Hatfield, 4/65

Great Bridge-Swan Village, Dudley Port-SV 6/64, Dudley-DP 7/64

Kettering-Melton Mowbray-Nottingham Midland, local 4/66, express 4/67

Leamington Spa Avenue-Coventry-Nuneaton Trent Valley, 1/65, LS-C reopened 5/77, C-N reopened 5/87

Leicester London Road-Melton Mowbray-Peterborough North - Locals

Newport Pagnell-Wolverton, 9/64

Northampton Castle-Wellingborough Midland Road-Peterborough East, 5/64

Nottingham Midland-Worksop, NM (Radford)-W 10/64, Mansfield-Radford reopened 11/95

Peterborough East-Rugby Midland, 6/66

Rugeley Trent Valley-Walsall, 1/65, reopened to Hednesford 4/89, to Rugeley 6/97

Seaton-Stamford, Seaton-Luffenham 6/66

 

Birningham New Street-Tamworth-Derby Midland (Local)

Derby Midland-Trent-Nottingham Midland (Local)

Derby Midland-Sheffield Midland (Local)

Derby Midland-Chinley-Manchester Central (Local)

Kettering-Leicester London Road (Local)

Leicester London Road-Nottingham Midland (Local)

Nottingham Midland-Sheffield Midland (Local)

 

NORTH WALES

Afon Wen-Bangor, AW-Caernarvon 12/64, C-Menai Bridge 1/70

Amlwch-Bangor, A-Gaerwen 12/64

Blaenau Ffestiniog-Llandudno -

Chester General-Holyhead/Caernarvon (Local), see above

 

SOUTH AND MID WALES

Abercynon-Aberdare, 3/64, reopened 10/88

Aberystwyth-Carmarthen, A-Strata Florida 12/64 (flooding), SF-C 2/65

Bala-Bala Junction, 1/65

Barry-Bridgend, 6/64

Bridgend-Treherbert, Cymmer Afan-B 6/70, CA-T 2/68 on closure of Rhondda tunnel, B-Maesteg reopened /92

Caerphilly-Senghenydd, S-Aber J Halt 6/64

Cardiff Clarence Road-Cardiff General, 3/64

Cardiff-Coryton -

Llanfyllin-Llanymynech, 1/65

Maerdy-Porth, 6/64

Morfa Mawddach (Barmouth J.)-Ruabon, 1/65, but Bala-Llangollen 12/64 (flooding)

Welshpool-Whitchurch (Salop) 1/65

 

EASTERN ENGLAND

Aldeburgh-Saxmundham, 9/66

Audley End-Bartlow, 9/64

Barton-on-Humber-New Holland Town -

Braintree and Bocking-Witham (Essex) -

Brightlingsea-Wivenhoe, 6/64

Buntingford-St. Margarets, 11/64

Cambridge-St. Ives-March, C –StI 10/70, StI-M 3/67

Dereham-Wells-Next-The-Sea, 10/64 (D-Wymondham 10/69, Kings Lynn-D 9/68)

Firsby-Skegness - but Firsby 10/70

Firsby-Woodhall Junction-Lincoln Central, 10/70

Grimsby-Spalding-Peterborough North, G-Firsby 10/70, Boston-PN 10/70, S-PN reopened 6/71

Lincoln St. Marks-Nottingham Midland -

Mablethorpe-Willoughby, 10/70

Maldon East and Heybridge-Witham (Essex), 9/64

Marks Tey-Shelford, Sudbury-S 3/67

Melton Constable-Sheringham, 4/64

Mundesley-on-Sea-North Walsham, 10/64

Romford-Upminster -

Swaffham-Thetford, 6/64

Westerfield-Yarmouth South Town, Beccles-YST 11/59

 

Cleethorpes-New Holland Pier (Local)

 

NORTH LONDON

London Broad Street-Richmond -

Croxley Green-Watford Junction, CG-Bushey & Oxhey 6/66

Belmont-Harrow and Wealdstone, 10/64

St. Albans Abbey-Watford Junction -

London St. Pancras-Barking (Local)

 

WESTERN ENGLAND

Avonmouth Dock-Bristol Temple Meads, Filton J-St Andrews Road 11/64

Axminster-Lyme Regis, 11/65

Barnstaple Junction-Ilfracombe, 10/70

Barnstaple Junction-Taunton, 10/66

Barnstaple Junction-Torrington, 10/65

Bath Green Park-Bournemouth West, BGP-Poole 3/66

Bath Green Park-Bristol Temple Meads, BGP-Mangotsfield 3/66

Bere Alston-Callington, C-Gunnislake 11/66

Berkeley Road-Sharpness, 11/64

Bodmin Road-Bodmin North-Wadebridge-Padstow, BN-Padstow 1/67, Halwill J.-W 10/66, BR-Nanstallon Halt 1/67

Bridport-Maiden Newton, 5/75

Bristol Temple Meads-Clifton Down-Pilning, Pilning J-Severn Beach 11/64

Bristol Temple Meads-Patchway-Pilning (local?)

Bristol Temple Meads-Portishead, Parson Street-P 9/64

Bude-Okehampton, 10/66

Calne-Chippenham, 9/65

Chard Central-Chard Junction, 9/62 (and to Creech J.)

Cirencester Town-Kemble, 4/64

Clevedon-Yatton, 10/66

Exeter Central-Exmouth -

Exmouth-Tipton St. John's, 3/67

Fowey-Lostwithiel, 1/65

Gloucester Central-Hereford, 11/64

Halwill-Torrington, 3/65

Holt Junction-Patney and Chirton, 4/66

Kemble-Tetbury, 4/64

Liskeard-Looe -

Minehead-Taunton, 1/71

Okehampton-Padstow, O-Wadebridge 10/66, W-P 1/67

Seaton (Devon)-Seaton Junction, 3/66

Sidmouth-Sidmouth Junction, 3/67

St. Erth-St. Ives (Cornwall) -

Staines West-West Drayton and Yiewsley, 3/65

Taunton-Yeovil Pen Mill, T-Yeovil Town 6/64, YT-YPM 11/65

Tiverton Junction-Tiverton, 10/64

Yeovil Junction-Yeovil Town, 3/67

 

SOUTHERN ENGLAND

Alton-Winchester City, 2/73

Andover-Romsey, Andover J.-R 9/64

Ashford (Kent)-Hastings -

Ashford (Kent)-New Romney, Appledore-NR 3/67

Bexhill West-Crowhurst, 6/64

Bournemouth-Ringwood-Brockenhurst, Broadstone-Brockenhurst 5/64

Brighton-Horsham, Shoreham-Christ’s Hospital 3/66

Brighton-Tonbridge, Lewes-Uckfield 5/69, Groombridge-T 7/85

Clapham Junction-Kensington Olympia -

Eastbourne-Tonbridge, Hailsham-Eridge 6/65, H-Polegate 6/65, Groombridge-T  7/85

Guildford-Horsham, 6/65

Portsmouth-Bot!ey-Romsey/Andover, Andover J.-R 9/64, Eastleigh-R 5/69

Ryde Pier Head-Ventnor/Cowes, Ryde St Johns-C 2/66

Three Bridges-Tunbridge Wells West, TB-Ashurst J. 1/67, AJ-Groombridge 1/69

 

Haywards Heath-Seaford (Local)

Portsmouth-Netley-Southampton-Romsey/Andover (Local)

Reading Southern-Guildford-Redhill-Tonbridge (Local)

 

Passenger Services under consideration for withdrawal before the formulation of the report

 

SCOTLAND

*Beith Town-Lugton, 11/62

Berwick-upon-Tweed-St. Boswells, Tweedmouth-StB 6/64

*Edinburgh Waverley-Duddingston-Morningside Road-Edinburgh Waverley, EW-D-Portobello 9/62

*Glasgow Buchanan Street-Coatbridge Central- Holytown- Motherwell-HamiIton Central, (local) 11/62

 

NORTHERN ENGLAND

Alston-Haltwhistle, 5/76

Cheadle (Staffs)-Cresswell (Staffs), 6/63

Crewe-Wellington (Salop), W-Nantwich 9/63

*Ellesmere-Wrexham Central, 9/62

 

MIDLANDS

Ashchurch-Evesham-Redditch, E-R 10/62, E-A 6/63

Aylesbury Town-Sheffield Victoria (Local), 3/63

Hartlebury-Shrewsbury, S-Bewdley 9/63, B-H 1/70

*Kidderminster-Tenbury Wells, TW-Bewdley 8/62

*Kimberley East-Pinxton South, 1/63

*Leicester Belgrave Road-Skegness, 9/62 (excursions)

*Much Wenlock-Wellington (Salop), 7/62

*Stourbridge Junction-Wolverhampton Low Level, 7/62

 

WALES

*Brecon/New Tredegar-Newport (Mon.), B-N 12/62, NT-Pengam 12/62

*Brecon-Hereford, 12/62

*Brecon-Moat Lane Junction, 12/62

*Brecon-Neath Riverside, 10/62

*Cardiff/Barry-Pontypridd, Cadoxton-Treforest 9/62, St Fagans-Tynycaeau J. 9/62

*Cardigan-Whitland, 9/62

Carmarthen-Llandilo, 9/63

Dowlais Cae Harris-Nelson and Llancaiach, 6/64

*Hirwaun-Merthyr, 12/62

Pontypool Road-Aberdare High Level-Neath General-Swansea High Street, PR-NG 6/64

PorthcawI-Pyle, 9/63

Shrewsbury-Craven Arms-Llandovery-Pontardulais-Swansea Victoria/Llanelly, P-SV 6/64

*Swansea High Street-Neath General-Treherbert, Briton Ferry-Cymmer Afan 12/62, CA-T 2/68

 

WESTERN ENGLAND

Abingdon-Radley, 9/63

*Banbury-Princes Risborough, (local) 1/63

Brent-Kingsbridge, 9/63

Brixham-Churston, 5/63

*Castle Cary-Taunton, (local) 9/62

Chalford-Gloucester, (local) 11/64
*Chard Junction-Taunton, 9/62

*Cheltenham-Kingham, 10/62

*Chipping Norton-Kingham, 12/62

*Coaley-Dursley, 9/62

*Didcot-Newbury, 9/62, excursions until 8/63

Dulverton-Exeter St. Davids, 10/63

*Gwinear Road-Helston, 11/62

Hemyock-Tiverton Junction, 9/63

*Launceston-Plymouth, L-Tavistock J. 12/62

*Newquay-Chacewater-Truro, N-C 2/63, C 10/64

*Oxford-Princes Risborough, 1/63

*Uxbridge Vine Street-West Drayton and Yiewsley, 9/62

Witham (Somerset)-Wells-Yatton, 9/63

 
EASTERN ENGLAND

Boston-Woodhall Junction, 6/63

*Grantham-Lincoln Central, 9/62 (local), 11/65 (all)

Immingham Dock-New Holland, Goxhill-ID 6/63

*Palace Gates-Stratford, 1/63

 

SOUTHERN ENGLAND

Havant-Hayling Island, 11/63

Haywards Heath-Horsted Keynes, 10/63

Selsdon-Woodside (Surrey), 5/83

 

*Withdrawal already implemented

 

Additional closures proposed

In the period up to 1968, the following lines were added to those listed for closure under the Reshaping Plan:

 

Scotland

Alloa (West J.)-Larbert (Alloa J.) 1/68

Corstorphine-Haymarket West J. 1/68

Dunfermline (Touch South J.)/Townhill J.-Touch North J.-Stirling (Alloa J.), DTNJ-TJ  5/68, DTSJ-SAJ 10/68

Grangemouth Branch J.-Grangemouth 1/68

Leuchars J.-St. Andrews 1/69

 

Northern England

Bamber Bridge (J.)-Todd Lane J.-Preston (East Lancs side) 5/72

Barnsley (Quarry J.)-Mexborough (No 2 Box) 1/70

Bootle J.-Edge Hill, i.e. withdrawal of through services Southport (Chapel)-Euston /77

Bridlington-Scarborough -

Brindle Heath J.-Dobbs Brow J.-Crow Nest J. –

Daisy Hill (Dobbs Brow J.)-Blackrod (Horwich Fork J.), 9/65

Denton J.-Stalybridge (via Hooley Hill) 1/68

Denton-Droylsden 7/68

Hadfield-Sheffield (Victoria)-Nunnery J. Withdrawal of electric services, Manchester (Piccadilly)-Sheffield (Victoria), remaining East Coast services to be diverted to Sheffield (Midland), H-Penistone 1/70, Penistone-Sheffield 5/83, SV 1/70

Liverpool (Exchange)-Ormskirk-Preston -

Manchester (Victoria)-Rochdale/Oldham -

Manchester (Victoria)-Rochdale-Todmorden –

Methley North J.- Castleford (Cutsyke J.) (Goole trains to run via Castleford Central) 10/68

Mickle Trafford CLC J.-Chester Northgate i.e.diversion of trains to Chester General, via Mickle Trafford LNW J. 10/69

Penistone (Barnsley J.)-Barnsley (Exchange) 1/70, reopened 5/83

Preston (Todd Lane J.-Lostock Hall J.) 5/72

Rochdale-Bury-Bolton-Wigan (Wallgate), R (Castleton North J.)-Bolton (East J.) 10/70

St Luke's J.-Loco J.-Barrow Shipyard;  Salthouse J.-Loco J. (workmen’s) 7/67

Warrington (Padgate J.-Sankey J.) 7/67

 

Midlands

Ambergate South J.-Chinley North J., Matlock-Chinley NJ 7/68

Birmingham (New Street)-Barnt Green -

Birmingham (New Street)-Redditch, Redditch (Old)-(New) 7/72

Birmingham (New Street)-Worcester (Shrub Hill) –

Trent (Long Eaton J.-North Erewash J.) 1/67

Trent (Station North J.-Trowell J.)/Sawley J., TSNJ-TJ 11/67, TSNJ- SJ 3/67

 

Wales

Whitland-Pembroke Dock -

 

Western England

Bath Spa-Bristol (Temple Meads) (Locals only) 1/70

Gloucester Eastgate/Central -Stratford-upon-Avon, Cheltenham Spa (Lansdown J.)-S-u-A 3/68

 

Eastern and Southern England

Eridge-Hurst Green J. –

Greenford-West Ealing –

March-Wisbech East, March-Magdalen Road 9/68

Omitted from these lists: Fawley-Totton (a light railway) 2/66 

 

 

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