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CLEVEDON AND YATTON BRANCH RAILWAY

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Dismantled railway - Clevedon to Yatton GWR branch line. A Victorian and 20th century railway line, the 3½ miles long branch line ran from the junction at Yatton to Clevedon and was opened on 28th July 1847 by the Bristol and Exeter Railway. In 1876 the line became part of Great Western Railways (GWR) and three years later was converted from broad to narrow gauge. The 1963 `Beeching Plan' resulted in the line being closed to goods traffic from 10th June 1963 and closed to passengers on 3rd October 1966. Aerial photographs taken in 1979 show that the track has been destroyed by the construction of Blind Yeo waterway. The last of the track was lifted in the late 1980s. Aerial photographs taken in 1995 show that the course of the track in Clevedon has been destroyed, with residential housing and car parks built upon it. However, from the south bank of Blind Yeo, just north of Colehouse Farm, the railway's former course and Colehouse Bridge are still visible as a 17 metres wide earthwork for about 950 metres, until it is truncated by the M5 motorway.

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