Abergavenny railway station

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Abergavenny National Rail
Welsh: Y Fenni
Abergavenny
Abergavenny station
Location
Place Abergavenny
Local authority Monmouthshire
Coordinates 51°49′00″N 3°00′32″W / 51.8167°N 3.0088°W / 51.8167; -3.0088Coordinates: 51°49′00″N 3°00′32″W / 51.8167°N 3.0088°W / 51.8167; -3.0088
Grid reference SO305136
Operations
Station code AGV
Managed by Arriva Trains Wales
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 0.279 million
2005/06 Increase 0.284 million
2006/07 Increase 0.292 million
2007/08 Increase 0.310 million
2008/09 Increase 0.316 million
2009/10 Increase 0.344 million
2010/11 Increase 0.357 million
2011/12 Increase 0.371 million
2012/13 Increase 0.379 million
2013/14 Increase 0.390 million
History
2 January 1854 Station opens
19 July 1950 Renamed Abergavenny Monmouth Road
6 May 1968 Renamed Abergavenny
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Abergavenny railway station (Welsh: Y Fenni) is situated southeast of the town centre of Abergavenny, Wales. It is part of the British railway system owned by Network Rail and is operated by Arriva Trains Wales. It lies on the Welsh Marches Line line from Newport to Hereford.

Abergavenny lies at the eastern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park and provides an access point to local services and public transport into the park.

History[edit]

The station, designed by Charles Liddell, Chief Engineer of the Newport, Abergavenny and Hereford Railway (NA&HR), is in an Italianate architecture style.[1]

The NA&HR amalgamated with other railways in 1860 to form the West Midland Railway, which itself amalgamated with the Great Western Railway in 1863.[2] The line then passed on to the Western Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948. In 1950, the station was renamed Abergavenny Monmouth Road, but reverted to its simple name in 1968. When sectorisation was introduced, the station was served by Regional Railways until the privatisation of British Railways.

Railway town[edit]

A branch line to Brynmawr was opened in 1862 starting at Abergavenny Junction station north of the current station, constructed by the Merthyr, Tredegar and Abergavenny Railway (MT&AR). The line also had a station in the town called Abergavenny Brecon Road, making three stations in all. This company was acquired by the London and North Western Railway in 1866. In 1958 the MT&AR passenger trains ceased and Abergavenny Junction was closed.

GWR Locomotive 'Abergavenny Castle'[edit]

A GWR Castle-class locomotive, number 5013, was named after Abergavenny Castle.

Facilities[edit]

The station is staffed in the daytime. It has disabled access to platforms, a cafeteria and toilets, plus large waiting rooms on both tracksides.

Services[edit]

With a few exceptions, the weekday daytime service pattern typically sees one train per hour in each direction between Manchester Piccadilly and Cardiff Central, with most trains continuing beyond Cardiff to Swansea and West Wales. There is also a two-hourly service between Cardiff and the North Wales Coast Line. These services are all operated by Arriva Trains Wales.

Two trains per day in the early morning on weekdays to London Paddington, via Hereford and the Cotswold Line, commenced operation in December 2007. However, they were short lived, being withdrawn in December 2008; they were deemed pointless due to changing at Newport being quicker. These services were operated by First Great Western.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Pontypool and New Inn
or
Cwmbran
  Arriva Trains Wales
Welsh Marches Line
  Hereford
Pontypool and New Inn
(Northbound only)
  Arriva Trains Wales
North-South "Premier" service
  Shrewsbury

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Abergavenny railway station". transportheritage.com. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  2. ^ MacDermot, E.T. (1927). History of the Great Western Railway, vol. I: 1833-1863. Paddington: Great Western Railway. pp. 543, 553.