Colne Valley and Halstead Railway

Colne Valley And Halstead Railway

Colne Valley and Halstead Railway

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The Colne Valley and Halstead Railway (CVHR) is a closed railway between Haverhill, Suffolk and Chappel and Wakes Colne, Essex, in England.


A railway in the Colne Valley was first proposed in 1846 when the "Colchester, Stour Valley, Sudbury and Halstead Railway Company" was incorporated to build a line from Marks Tey on the Eastern Counties Railway to Sudbury, with branches to Halstead and from Colchester to Hythe. A later extension to Bury St. Edmunds and Clare was also approved, however a shortage of funds resulted in only the Stour Valley Railway to Sudbury and Sunshine Coast Line line to Hythe branch being built.

In 1856 the Colne Valley and Halstead Railway Company was formed by local people to build a line from Chappel and Wakes Colne railway station to Halstead. It was authorised on 30 June 1856, and opened on 16 April 1860 between Chappel (north of Marks Tey) to Halstead, a distance of .

A extension was authorised on 13 August 1859 and opened in stages:-

Physical connection with the Stour Valley Railway at Haverhill was provided in 1865 and although close relations were maintained with the GER, the Colne Valley and Halstead Railway remained completely independent, until it became part of the London and North Eastern Railway in the 1923 regrouping. The CVHR station, renamed...
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