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Heeley railway station

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Heeley railway station was a railway station in Sheffield, England. The station served the communities of Heeley, Meersbrook and Lowfield and was situated on the Midland Main Line near London Road on Heeley Bridge, lying between Sheffield Midland station and Millhouses railway station.

Plan of Heeley station c.1890
Plan of Heeley station c.1890

The station opened with the inauguration of the Midland Railway's main line between Chesterfield and Sheffield on 1 February 1870.[1] This new station of 1870 was designed by the company architect John Holloway Sanders.[2] It was built on an embankment between the A61, London Road South and the River Sheaf. During construction both the road and river were diverted to create space for the station and sidings.

Railway accident at Heeley station in 1876 (contemporary engraving)
Railway accident at Heeley station in 1876 (contemporary engraving)

On 22 November 1876 an overnight passenger train from London St Pancras to Scotland via Carlisle derailed at Heeley due to a track defect,[3] causing several people to be injured.[4]

Initially the station had two platforms but this was increased to four when the line from Sheffield to Dore was widened between 1901 and 1903.[5] Heeley station was the only station on this section of the line that was an elevated station with subway access from below to the platforms. It closed on 10 June 1968 at the same time as Millhouses railway station and all the station buildings were demolished. The subway is still present although both entrances have been blocked in; the entrance on London Road can be seen and iron railings are present.

In July 2017, it was proposed by Local Enterprise Partnership that new stations should be built at Millhouses and Heeley as well as new platforms at Dore & Totley.[6] The plans would be part of a call to have better links in South Yorkshire area as well as plans for a new Woodhead Route reopening.

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  1. ^ "Opening of the New Midland Railway". Sheffield Independent. 5 February 1870.
  2. ^ "The Sheffield and Chesterfield District Railway. The New stations". Sheffield Daily Telegraph. British Newspaper Archive. 13 April 1869. Retrieved 12 July 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  3. ^ E. G. Barnes (1970). The Midland Main Line 1875–1922. London: Allen & Unwin.
  4. ^ "Fearful Railway Accident at Healey". Sheffield Independent. 25 November 1876.
  5. ^ Batty, Stephen R. (2005). Rail Centres: Sheffield. Booklaw Publications. p. 53. ISBN 1-901945-21-9.
  6. ^ [1]

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