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Melton Halt railway station

AreaMelton, East Riding of Yorkshire
53.7192°N 0.5323°W
OpeningOctober 1920
Closure10 July 1989
Platfoms2
Original companyHull and Selby Railway
Pre-groupingNorth Eastern Railway
Post-groupingLondon and North Eastern Railway
Previous Name(s)Melton Crossing Halt (October 1920 to February 1965)

Melton Halt railway station was opened in October 1920 after Humber Portland Cement Company approached North Eastern Railway in June of the same year about opening a station halt to service the company’s employees to reach the newly opened works. The company offered to pay the construction costs, and guaranteed a minimum number of tickets to be purchased. (Bairstow 1995, p. 80.)

© 1974 Alan Young via Disused Station
A picture of the westbound platform and Humber Cement Works in the background

The halt is located at the west of Melton level crossing on Gibson Lane. The initial halt was a two platform station with the platforms on the slow lines of the quadruple track at the crossing on the Hull and Selby Railway. However, in 1970, the eastbound line was removed and new wooden platform was build east of the level crossing. (Bairstow 1995, p. 80.)

© 1978 Alan Young via Disused Station
A picture of the wooden eastbound platform with the disused platform in the background

The station was closed by British Rail on 10 July 1989, 31 years ago today.

© 2020 Nathaniel Hattersley

In June 2019, it was revealed that Hull Local Enterprise Partnership were looking at reopening the station as a major parkway station for InterCity services next to Melton West Business Park and the A63 road. (Hull Daily Mail, 2019)

Melton Halt should be reopen to severe the village of Melton and Melton West Business Park. However, a major problem is the lack of eastbound platform or a track running near the remains of the eastbound platform. However, the station could be a single platform station similar to Malton railway station. If this was the case, the station could be reopened easily as the westbound platform could be restored for minimal cost.

©2018 Don Coffey
A driver’s view of Melton Halt railway stations towards Hull

© Michael Stewart via Disused Station

References:

Bairstow, Martin (1995), Railways in East Yorkshire, 2, ISBN 1871944120
Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 158. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/m/melton_halt/index.shtml
“The forgotten train station which could reopen after 30 years”Hull Daily Mail. 28 June 2019. Retrieved 28 June 2019.