[Source: Paul Wright]

Date opened: 2.1.1911
Location: South side of Cledford Lane
Company on opening: London & North Western Railway
Date closed to passengers: 2.3.1942
Date closed completely: 2.3.1942
Company on closing: London Midland & Scottish Railway
Present state: Demolished
County: Cheshire
OS Grid Ref: SJ714650
Date of visit: August 1979

Notes: otes: Cledford Bridge Halt was located on the Sandbach - Northwich line of the London & North Western Railway (LNWR). Authorised in 1863 the line opened to goods services in November 1867. The LNWR built the line primarily to tap into the lucrative salt trade that existed in the mid-Cheshire area but also introduced a passenger service onto it on 1 July 1868 and one station was provided at Middlewich.

Cledford Bridge Halt was opened on 2 January 1911. It was located on the south side of Cledford Lane which passed under the railway.

There are no known photographs of Cledford Bridge Halt and it does not appear on any large scale maps. The line was originally a single track at Cledford Bridge and the halt was probably little more than a short timber platform connected to the road by a set of steps.

The July 1922 timetable showed 11 up (Sandbach direction) and 10 down (Northwich direction) trains called at Billinge Green. All of the up services ran to Crewe. The down trains ran to either Northwich or Acton Bridge.

On 1 January 1923 Cledford Bridge Halt became part of the London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS). The LMS summer timetable for 1932 showed 6 trains in each direction called at Cledford Bridge Halt Monday-to-Saturdays as shown in the table below.

Up Trains Summer 1932 Destination Down Trains Summer 1932 Destination
7.11am Crewe 6.30am Northwich
8.46am Crewe 7.54am Northwich
12.08am Crewe 11.29am Northwich
4.15pm Crewe 1.04pm Northwich
5.48pm Crewe 5.04pm Northwich
10.17pm Crewe 9.35pm Northwich

The LMS closed Cledford Bridge Halt on 2 March 1942. It is likely that it would have been demolished shortly after leaving no trace.

Passenger services continued to serve Middlewich until 4 January 1960. The line had always been more important for freight services and it has remained so into the 21st Century. Passenger diversions also use the line during periods when main line routes are subject to engineering works.

Ticket from Michael Stewart

See also: Middlewich & Billinge Green Halt

The site of Cledford Bridge Halt looking south-east in August 1979.
hoto by John Mann

Looking south-east towards the site of Cledford Bridge Halt on 15 December 2002. The halt was on the other side of the bridge. Passing through on a Branch Line Society special is
Class 101 DMU number 101 678.
Photo from the wwatfam Flickr photostream

A diverted Holyhead to London Euston service is seen passing through
Cledford Bridge Halt on 18 July 2004.
Photo from the wwatfam Flickr photostream




[Source: Paul Wright]

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