Monday, 9 May 2016

In praise of request stops....

I don't watch much TV these days, but I have just discovered a programme featuring comedian Paul Merton called "Paul Merton's secret stations".  During the course of the series Paul is going to be visiting various stations on the U.K. network which are classed as "request stops".

Many of the stations featured are small stations in either remote or sparsely populated regions. Locations such as Drigg, St Andrew's Road and Ferryside have appeared and it is amazing that such stations still exist.  They serve both as a vital transport link for their respective communities and also as a reminder to some of the unusual locations that were chosen by railway station builders during the Victorian era.  Thankfully these minor railway outposts still exist and long may they continue.  One such station near me, namely Pilning, clings on to its existence with just 1 train each way each day (except Sundays).  Incredibly there used to be two stations there which were called Low Level and High Level.  Low Level closed when the line from Pilning to Severn Beach closed as part of the Beeching cuts and High Level has survived simply renamed as Pilning.  If you catch the train to Cardiff it is a blurry mass of red brick that you pass through en route.

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