The lost Cambridgeshire railway station that closed more than 90 years ago

The former Stretham railway station
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Cambridgeshire, like many other counties in the UK, has a rich history of lost railway stations. The number of towns and villages with train services has significantly decreased compared to a century ago.

Many of these disused stations ceased their passenger services in the 1960s due to extensive cuts across the railway network following the notorious Beeching Report.

However, several Cambridgeshire railway stations had already lost their services long before this period. Stretham station was one such example.

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The station was inaugurated in 1866 on the line between Ely and St Ives. This line later became known as the Ely and St Ives Railway in 1878.

Three trains operated each way on the line daily, with an additional service on Mondays and Thursdays. Other stations on the route included Wilburton, Sutton and Bluntisham.

However, the rise of road transport severely impacted the line's profitability. Most booking offices at stations on the line were closed and by 1927, there were only seven or eight passengers on any given train.

This signalled the beginning of the end for the railway line and Stretham station. The station saw its last regular passenger service on February 2, 1931.

While the line itself is now a distant memory, the station building still stands today as a private property.