Abertillery railway station

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Abertillery
Location
Place Abertillery
Area Blaenau Gwent
Grid reference SO215041
Operations
Original company Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Company
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
Platforms 2
History
21 December 1850 (1850-12-21) Opened
c. 1893/4 Resited 185m due north
30 April 1962 Closed to passengers
7 April 1969 Closed to goods traffic
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Abertlllery railway station was a station which served Abertillery, in the Welsh county of Monmouthshire.[1]

History[edit]

Opened by the Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Company on 21/23 December 1850,[2][3] it became part of the Great Western Railway in 1880[4] and remained there at the Grouping of 1923.[5] The station was replaced by a second station situated 185 metres (202 yd) north in c. 1893/4.[2][3] The line then passed on to the Western Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948. It was then closed to passengers by the British Transport Commission on 30 April 1962 and to goods on 7 April 1969.[6][2][3] The original station had remained open for goods traffic until 1 April 1963 during which period it was designated as "Abertillery Old Yard".[7]

Just to the south of the station was Abertillery Junction where a short branch diverged to serve Cwmtillery Colliery until 1961.[8]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Bournville (Mon) Halt
Line and station closed
  Great Western Railway
Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Company
  Six Bells Halt
Line and station closed

Present and future[edit]

The trackbed is clear up to south of the former station site.[citation needed] However the A467 road has been built on the formation from there northward.[9]

Abertillery was initially identified as a potential future phase development of the Ebbw Valley Railway.[10] The preferred location of the station would be the British Gas site to the south of the former Co-op store.[10] The extension of the railway line to Abertillery would involve relaying the line from Aberbeeg.[10][11] In April 2009, a bus link to the nearest station at Llanhilleth was withdrawn after Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council said that it could not continue funding the £200,000 a year service following the ending of Welsh Assembly funding.[12]

In October 2010, it was reported that Sewta had approved recommendations by Capita Symonds for new stations at Abertillery and Crumlin as part of a £14.2 million scheme which would see an hourly service between Abertillery and Cardiff.[13] Negotiations were said to be ongoing with Tesco, the owners of the Co-op site, for the sale of the land.[13] The site would have parking for up to 80 cars, creating a park and ride facility.[13] This will enable a service to take place from Abertillery to Cardiff once the Crosskeys - Aberbeeg junction is double tracked.[citation needed] The estimated cost of extending the line to Abertillery is estimated at £16.7m according to Sewta; part of the trackbed, which is owned by Blaenau Gwent Council, is used as a cycleway but there is thought to be sufficient space for a single track.[14]

However, after the scheme was omitted from the Welsh Government's National Transport Plan for funding priorities until 2015, Welsh Transport Minister Carl Sargeant AM confirmed that the new station is not a priority until after 2015.[15]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Conolly 2004, p. 43, section B2.
  2. ^ a b c Butt 1995, p. 12.
  3. ^ a b c Quick 2009, p. 54.
  4. ^ Awdry 1990, p. 36.
  5. ^ Awdry 1990, p. 13.
  6. ^ Clinker 1988, p. 2.
  7. ^ Clinker 1988, pp. 2 and 154, note 64.
  8. ^ Cobb 2006, p. 140.
  9. ^ Sabre. "B4249". Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  10. ^ a b c Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council (2008). "Ebbw Valley Railway: Abertillery Station". Archived from the original on 12 June 2011. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  11. ^ Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council (2008). "Ebbw Valley Railway: The Story so Far - Future Phases". Archived from the original on 15 May 2011. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  12. ^ "Abertillery could get rail link". South Wales Argus. 18 June 2010. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  13. ^ a b c "Valleys railway station plans backed". South Wales Argus. 1 October 2010. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  14. ^ Deans, David (30 September 2012). "Abertillery rail link could cost £16.7m, says South East Wales Transport Alliance". South Wales Argus. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  15. ^ Deans, David (25 September 2012). "Assembly drops Abertillery rail station plan". South Wales Argus. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 

Sources[edit]

  • Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0049-7. OCLC 19514063. 
  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199. 
  • Clinker, C.R. (1988) [1978]. Clinker's Register of Closed Passenger Stations and Goods Depots in England, Scotland and Wales 1830–1980 (2nd ed.). Bristol: Avon-Anglia Publications & Services. ISBN 0-905466-91-8. OCLC 655703233. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°43′50″N 3°08′18″W / 51.73063°N 3.13845°W / 51.73063; -3.13845