Port Meadow Halt railway station

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Port Meadow Halt railway station
Port Meadow Halt was a railway station on the Varsity Line, between north Oxford and Port Meadow. The London and North Western Railway opened the halt as Summertown on 20 August 1906 and renamed it Port Meadow Halt in January 1907. It was closed between 1 January 1917 and 5 May 1919, and the London, Midland and Scottish Railway permanently closed it on 30 October 1926. It was located on the north side of a footbridge leading from the present-day Aristotle Lane into Port Meadow, close to an occupation crossing which also gave access to the up platform. The opening of the station marked the inauguration of a rail motor car service between Oxford and Bicester. Journey time was 37 minutes and, other than Port Meadow and Bicester, the service called at Wolvercote Halt, Oxford Road Halt, Islip, Oddington Halt, Charlton Halt and Wendlebury Halt. On the opening day the rail motor ran hot at the end of a return trip from Bicester in the early part of the morning and a 2-4-2 locomotive hauling an 8-wheel corridor coach replaced it; a step-ladder had to be provided for passengers to alight as the halts were only constructed of sleepers laid at rail level. The rail motor service was withdrawn as a wartime economy measure in 1917 and restored in 1919. It was permanently withdrawn from 1925 due to the introduction of motorised bus services around Oxford.

Route

Railways around Oxford
to Banbury

to Worcester

to Bicester to Witney and Fairford

Water Eaton Parkway Yarnton

Oxford Road Halt

Wolvercot Junction

Wolvercot Platform

Wolvercote Halt

Oxford North Junction



Port Meadow Halt Exchange sidings



Oxford

Oxford Rewley Road

Oxford (Grandpont) Goods

Hinksey Halt



Millstream Junction Abingdon Road Halt



Kennington Junction Radley

Iffley Halt to Didcot

Littlemore

Morris Cowley

BMW Mini terminal

Horspath Halt

to Princes Risborough Preceding station Historical railways Following station Oxford Rewley Road Line and station closed London and North Western Railway Varsity Line Wolvercote Halt Line open, station closed