List of closed railway lines in Great Britain

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This list is for railway lines which are now disused, closed or dismantled.

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Name of Line Builder Route (From/To) Closure Date Notes
Allhallows On Sea to Stoke Junction       Southern branch off the Hoo branch line (off the North Kent Line) (opened 14 May 1932)
Basingstoke and Alton Light Railway        
Bishops Waltham Branch        
  SER Rochester Bridge Junction to Chatham Central   SER branch from North Kent Line to rival LCDR's Chatham Main Line - closed with advent of SECR circa 1890s
Canterbury and Whitstable Railway       aka "Crab and Winkle Line" - 1830-1952
Chester & Connah's Quay Railway        
Cranbrook and Paddock Wood Railway       Built under the 1896 Light Railways Act, soon absorbed by SECR - off SER main line (1892/3-1961).
Cromford and High Peak Railway        
Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway        
"Dover Marine" / "Dover Western Docks" Branch       For boat trains from Chatham Main Line / Kent Coast Line / SER Main Line see Dover Priory railway station
East Kent Railways       A series of lines built under the 1896 Light Railways Act from 1911-17 around the East Kent Coalfield. Closed with decline of coalfield, part is still a heritage railway.
Edgware, Highgate and London Railway        
Elham Valley Railway SER Canterbury West and Folkestone West 1947 Opend in 1890 by SER, lasted until 1947. Branch ran for 16 miles
Eryholme-Richmond branch line Y&NR   1969 Opened in 1846. Catterick sub-branch constructed during WWI
Fawkham Junction LCDR      
Great Central        
Harborne Branch Line        
Helston Branch GWR   1964  
Hincaster Branch        
Honeybourne Line        
Hull and Holderness Railway     1964  
Hull and Hornsea Railway     1964  
"Hythe Branch line"       SER branch off SER main line / Kent Coast Line at Sandling railway station to Hythe, Kent.
Ilfracombe Branch        
Kent and East Sussex Railway       1900 to 54/61 - Built under the 1896 Light Railways Act, part of the line is currently a heritage railway, a large part is still closed.
Langton Dock Branch        
Leeds-Northallerton Railway LNR   1969 Opened in 1850s, Leeds-Harrogate section still extant.
Leek and Manifold Valley Light Railway        
Leicester and Swannington Railway        
Liverpool, Southport and Preston Junction Railway        
Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midlands Junction Railway        
Middlesbrough and Guisborough Railway        
Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway        
Midland and South Western Junction Railway        
Muswell Hill Railway        
North Liverpool Extension Line        
Oxford-Cambridge Line        
Palace Gates Line        
Potteries Loop Line        
Preston and Longridge Railway        
"Romney Marsh Line"       Branch from Marshlink Line at Appledore, Kent to Dungeness and New Romney, part of the line is still used for freight to Dungeness Power Station - closed circa 1967
"Rye Harbour Branch"       Branch from Marshlink Line at Rye railway station to the town distant Harbour (1854 to 1962)
Ryedale Lines (Malton, Gilling, Helmsley)        
St Helens and Runcorn Gap Railway        
Salisbury and Dorset Junction Railway        
Scarborough to Whitby Branch        
Scarborough to Pickering Branch       The Forge Valley Line
Sheppey Light Railway       SECR branch off Sheerness Line - 1901-1950 - Built under the 1896 Light Railways Act.
Shropshire Union Railways and Canal Company        
Skelmersdale Branch        
Somerset & Dorset Joint Line        
South Staffordshire Line       (section between Brierley Hill and Walsall)
Stafford and Uttoxeter Railway        
Southsea Railway        
Spa Valley Railway        
LBSCR link between Oxted Line and SER's Hastings Line        
Watford and Rickmansworth Railway        
Waveney Valley Line GER Tivetshall to Beccles 19 April 1966 Passenger services widthdrawn 3 January 1953
West Lancashire Railway        
Westerham branch       off SER main line, see Westerham and Brasted
Weston, Clevedon and Portishead Railway        
Weymouth Harbour Tramway        
Whitby-Saltburn Branch        
Wirral Line (Hooton to West Kirby branch)        
Woodhead Line        
York to Beverley Line        


See also Template:Historical Scottish railway companies
Name of Line Builder Route (From/To) Closure Date Notes
Bridge of Weir Railway        
Callander and Oban Railway        
Crieff & Methven Railway        
Darvel and Strathaven Railway        
Darvel Branch Line        
Dunblane, Doune & Callander Railway        
Greenock and Ayrshire Railway        
Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railway        
Kilbarchan Loop Line        
Killin Railway        
Kincardine Line        
Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway        
Lanarkshire and Dunbartonshire Railway        
Lochearnhead, St Fillans and Comrie Railway        
Maidens and Dunure Railway        
Morayshire Railway        
Paisley and Renfrew Railway        
Perth, Almond Valley & Methven Railway        
Stirling and Dunfermline Railway        
Sutherland and Caithness Railway        
Waverley Line        
Wick and Lybster Railway        


Name of Line Builder Route (From/To) Closure Date Notes
Bala Ffestiniog Line        
Burry Port and Gwendraeth Valley Railway        
Carmarthen Aberystwyth Line        
Carnarvonshire Railway        
Denbigh, Ruthin and Corwen Railway        
Denbigh & Mold Junction Railway        
Ruabon Barmouth Line        
Swansea and Mumbles Railway        
Vale of Clwyd Railway        

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