Devizes Branch Line

Devizes Branch Line

Devizes Branch Line

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The Devizes Branch Line was a railway line from Holt Junction, Wiltshire to Patney and Chirton, Wiltshire, and named after Devizes, the largest town on the line. It was built by the Wiltshire, Somerset and Weymouth Railway, and was later bought up by the Great Western Railway. At one point the Devizes line provided a direct link from London to the West Country.

History

The idea of having a railway line going through Devizes was first conceived in 1830 before the Great Western Railway (GWR) had begun to construct their main lines. Devizes was regularly considered by the GWR as a main stop on its London to Bristol Line but lost out to Swindon due to lack of potential traffic from Devizes.

Although included in several plans for railway lines including the Thingley Junction to Westbury line and the Starvarton and Bathampton line, the financial backing required wasn't available and the fact that Devizes is so high above sea level made it impossible and so as a result Devizes was left without a station. In 1846 it was decided the Devizes line would run from to Devizes. In 1854 work finally commenced on the Devizes Branch. It was built in 1857 by the Wiltshire, Somerset and Weymouth Railway, an independent company, though they were heavily backed by the Great Western Railway. The Devizes Branch Line opened in 1857, 21 years after its initial conception.

The GWR later extended their - line via in 1862 to meet at Devizes creating a direct link from London to Bristol which was...
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