- Bath Green Park railway station
Infobox UK disused station| name = Bath Green Park| locale = Bath| borough =
Bath and North East Somerset|
| caption = Bath Green Park station from James Street West| line =
Midland Railway| manager = MR & S&DJR| platforms = 2| latitude = 51.3815| longitude = -2.367| gridref = | years = 7 May 1870
events = Opened as terminal station
18 June 1951
events1 = Renamed Bath Green Park
7 March 1966
events2 = Closed by BR
Green Park railway station is a former railway station in Bath,
Somerset, England. For some of its life, it was known as Bath Queen Square.
Architecture and opening
Green Park station was opened in 1870 as the terminus of Midland Railway's
Mangotsfield and Bath Branch Line.
Originally named Queen Square station, it was built in an elegant style which blends well with the Georgian buildings around it and includes a vaulted glass roof in a single-span wrought iron arch structure.
The platform accommodation in the station was modest, having an arrival platform and a departure platform, with two sidings between them. The siding adjacent to the arrival platform was equipped with ground frame points to release an arriving train engine.
The station is on the north bank of the River Avon, and trains crossed a bridge immediately outside it. The locomotive shed was about half a mile from the station to the north side of the main tracks. The goods yard was on the opposite side of the tracks from this.
The Midland Railway's Bath branch had opened in 1869, but the river Avon bridge and the new station were not ready, so for a year the terminus was at a temporary station to the west of the river.
The Somerset & Dorset Railway
When the Somerset & Dorset Railway completed its Bath extension line in 1874, they connected into the Midland line at Bath Junction, a half mile outside the station, and in friendly co-operation with the Midland company they used the station. This created considerable additional through traffic, and as well as heavy volumes of freight, through passenger journeys from the Midlands to the South Coast were created. Through trains had to reverse at Bath, and the most famous of these was the named
Pines Expressfrom Manchester(and at times other northern originating points) to Bournemouth West.
Queen Square station was operated by the Midland Railway. At the grouping it passed to the
London, Midland and Scottish Railway. For almost all of its life, it was usually referred to as Bath Queen Square station, after the prestigious square about a quarter of a mile away. It became Bath Green Park under British Railwaysin 1954, and still bears that name today.
Parts of the distinctive glass roof were damaged during bombing raids in April 1942, and the glazing was not re-instated during railway usage after the war.
The atmosphere of the station was always powerfully nostalgic, and at most times of the day a short local train could be seen simmering in the platform waiting for departure time, often hours later. On summer Saturdays the station became very busy, passing numerous holiday trains between northern towns and Bournemouth; all of them had to be reversed in the station.
Following the Beeching Report, passenger trains ceased from 1966 and the last goods train ran in 1971. In the 1980s the rail approaches to the station were redeveloped as a major supermarket opened in December 1982, and the station itself is used as a pedestrian passageway to and from the city; there are a number of small shop units in the former station buildings.
Green Park continues to be home to a
Sainsbury'ssupermarket and a number of other shops and retail outlets. The former booking hall is now Green Park Brasserie. The old station building is used as a market hall, with some permanent stalls and boutiques and a farmers' marketevery Saturday. It occasionally acts as a venue for music and arts events and other performances and displays.
It is also the headquarters of envolve, [http://www.envolve.co.uk/] the organisation which runs Green Park and provides information about environmental issues and sustainable development.
* Butt, R.V.J. (1995). "The Directory of Railway Stations". Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Limited. ISBN 1-85260-508-1.
* [http://www.greenparkstation.co.uk/ Green Park Station]
* [http://www.greenparkbrasserie.com/ Green Park Brasserie]
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