- Fishponds railway station
Infobox UK disused station
name = Fishponds
gridref = ST635755
caption = Fishponds railway station in 1972
London, Midland and Scottish Railway
London Midland Region of British Railways
platforms = 2
1 March 1866
events = Opened (Fish Ponds)
1 April 1866
events1 = Renamed (Stapleton)
1 January 1867
events2 = Renamed (Fish Ponds)
1 May 1939
events3 = Renamed (Fishponds)
7 March 1966
events4 = Closed
Fishponds railway station was a station in
Fishponds, Bristol, England, a victim of Dr Beeching's cuts in the 1960s.
Fishponds station was just south of where Wm Morrison's supermarket car park is today. The railway line was built in 1835 for transport of coal from
Coalpit Heathto industry in the centre of Bristol. The station, named Stapleton Halt, was opened on 1 April 1866, and was part of the Bristol to Birminghamline operated by the Midland Railway. The station was renamed Fishponds on 1 July 1867, and had two platforms plus a shunting line constructed in 1905 for the Avonside Locomotive Worksto move their newly built locomotivesonto the main line.
The stations at the Bristol end of the Midland line were St Philips (where it ended within walking distance of
Temple Meads), then Fishponds, Staple Hill and Mangotsfield. At Mangotsfield the lines split, and passengers could continue onto Gloucesterpast Parkfield Collieryand Coalpit Heath, and or through Warmley, Oldland Commonand Bittonwhen the Mangotsfield and Bath Branch Linewas opened in 1869. There was also a spur to Clifton Downbuilt in 1874. This was augmented by the Bristol Tramway which operated from Old Market to Fishponds tram terminus from 1897 to 1941.
The line was part of Dr Beeching's railway closures in the 1960s. Stopping services on the Bristol to Gloucester line ceased along with general goods traffic on
17 May 1965, and the station then closed to all goods traffic on 31 December 1965. But trains continued between Bristol and Bath Green Park until 7 March 1966. The signal box remained open until 12 April 1968, when most of the station buildings where demolished. The line through the station was due to close on 3 January 1970, but a landslip at nearby Staple Hill led to its closure a week early. The tracks were later removed. There are still remains including the stairs to the footbridge (the "stairs to nowhere") on the Bristol side. The line was converted into the Bristol & Bath Railway Pathwhich was completed in 1986, though the trail through the Fishponds station site deviates from the original rail line because of the roads associated with a huge supermarket on adjoining land.
*Peter Aughton (2007). "Bristol: A People's History."
*John Bartlett (2004). "Images of England, Fishponds."
* [http://fishponds.org.uk/ Fishponds Local History Society]
* [http://www.bristolbathrailwaypath.org.uk/theoldrailway.shtml/ Bristol & Bath Railway Path]
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