Station Name: NEW BROUGHTON ROAD HALT

[Source: Paul Wright]


Date opened: May 1905
Location: North of Windsor Road (B5101)
Company on opening: Great Central Railway
Date closed to passengers: 1.3.1917
Date closed completely: 1.3.1917
Company on closing: Great Central Railway
Present state: Demolished and site occupied by a housing development.
County: Denbighshire
OS Grid Ref: SJ310515
Date of visit: 20.2.2011 & 30.4.2011

Notes: New Broughton Road Halt was situated on the Great Central Railway’s Brymbo branch which had originally been opened for goods in the autumn of 1887 by the Wrexham, Mold & Connahs Quay Railway (WM&CQR). The line linked Brymbo to Wrexham Central and became part of the GCR on 1st January 1905. The WM&CQR introduced a passenger service onto the line on 1st August 1889. From the start the line had to compete with a Great Western Railway (GWR) branch that also connected Wrexham to Brymbo.

On 1st May 1905 the GWR introduced a ‘railmotor’ onto their line, and they also opened additional halts in order to secure more traffic.

Not to be outdone the GCR followed suit also introducing a ‘railmotor’ and opening halts. The GCR opened two halts, one of which was New Broughton Road Halt, which first appeared in the timetable in May 1905.

New Broughton Road Halt was located on the north side of its namesake which passed over the line on a bridge. The halt was located on the southern side of the line and was reached by a sloping footpath. It appears to have had a simple shelter and a low platform.

From the start passenger services operated to Brymbo and  Wrexham Central calling at all stations. There were four services in each direction on Monday to Friday but an additional six services ran on Saturdays. The GCR line struggled to compete with the GWR route and by the end of the first decade of the 20th century a bus service was also competing against the railway. On 1st March 1917 the GCR withdrew the passenger service from Brymbo to Wrexham Central and New Broughton Road Halt station closed completely.

The original purpose of the branch had been to carry goods and it had always had more goods than passenger trains; it therefore remained lucrative to the GCR. On 1st January 1923 the line became part of the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER).

On 1st January 1948 the line through New Broughton Road Halt became part of the nationalised British Railways (Western Region). On 30th November 1954 British Railways closed the line through the halt from Plas Power to Brymbo Junction North Fork. The track through the station remained in situ for a few years but it was lifted in 1958.

In the second half of the 20th Century the site was developed as a car dealership and garage but this was in turn replaced by residential development.

Sources:

Route map drawn by Alan Young, Bradshaw from Chris Hind.

To see other stations between Wrexham Central and Brymbo (WM&CQR) click on the station name:

Wrexham Central, Wrexham Exchange, Rhosddu, Highfield Road Halt, Moss & Pentre, Plas Power (WM&CQR), Brymbo (WM&CQR)


The site of New Broughton Road Halt looking north in February 1980. By this date the trackbed at this location had been occupied by a garage.
Photo by John Mann


1912 1" OS map

1912 1:2,500 OS map.

Looking north at the site of New Broughton Road Halt in February 2011. The halt was in a cutting on the far side of the road where houses now stand. The road seen running across the picture had originally passed over the line on a bridge.
P
hoto by Paul Wright

Looking north along the trackbed of the WM&CQR Brymbo branch towards the site of New Broughton Road Halt in February 2011. The road seen in the middle distance had originally passed over the line on a bridge which had been filled in by 2011. The halt itself was on the far side of the bridge where houses now stand.
Photo by Paul Wright

Looking south at the site of New Broughton Road Halt in April 2011. The railway ran parallel to the road at this point. The modern houses occupy the trackbed. The halt was on the side of the line nearest to the road shown in this view. The platform would have stretched from a point roughly opposite the white van to the next turn in to the estate beyond the second lamp column.
Photo by Paul Wright

April 2011

April 2011

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[Source: Paul Wright]




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