Bangor (Gwynedd) railway station

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Bangor
Bangor Station looking north, viewed from Bangor Mountain
Location
Place Bangor
Local authority Gwynedd
Grid reference SH575716
Operations
Station code BNG
Managed by Arriva Trains Wales
Number of platforms 2
DfT category C1
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 Increase 0.534 million
2005/06 Increase 0.538 million
2006/07 Increase 0.547 million
2007/08 Increase 0.564 million
2008/09 Decrease 0.551 million
2009/10 Increase 0.592 million
2010/11 Increase 0.613 million
2011/12 Increase 0.676 million
- Interchange 1,487
2012/13 Increase 0.680 million
- Interchange Increase 2,471
History
Key dates Opened 1 May 1848 (1 May 1848)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Bangor from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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The station in 1961

Bangor railway station in Bangor, Gwynedd is the last mainland station on the London Euston to Holyhead North Wales Coast line, and the second busiest railway station in North Wales in terms of passenger numbers.[1][not in citation given] The station is 24 34 miles (40 km) east of Holyhead.

The station occupies a rather exposed site with the wind channelled between high ground on both sides and exposed to the prevailing wet westerly winds. A full platform length canopy on Platform 1 provides protection for travellers heading east and south to Chester and beyond. Travellers heading north towards Holyhead on Platform 2 have only two bays of canopy to shelter under. An enclosed pedestrian bridge links the two platforms. For cyclists there are a row of cycle kennels at the northern end of Platform 1.

History[edit]

The station was opened on 1 May 1848 by the Chester and Holyhead Railway,[2] built at a cost of £6,960 and lies between two tunnels, each of which has two running lines, an up line and a down line. Through the station there are also two further lines used for goods traffic, particularly the carriage of nuclear fuel flasks to and from Wylfa nuclear power station on Anglesey.

The station was expanded as branch lines were opened:

The station was renamed twice under British Railways: originally Bangor, it became Bangor (Caerns); then Bangor (Gwynedd). In some timetables it was shown as Bangor for Beaumaris.[2]

The present building on platform 1 was the main building with a forecourt on the site of the present car park. Between 1924 and 1927 an additional loop line and platform was constructed on the site of the forecourt with a new frontage facing Deiniol Road. Ultimately there were four platforms and a small bay to serve the main line and branch lines.[3][4]

By the 1950s there was an extensive goods yard, a five-road engine shed (on the site of the steel mill), a turntable, three-road goods shed, two signal boxes, an extra footbridge and a subway connecting platforms. There was a total of nine separate through routes from one tunnel to the other.

With the closure of the branch lines in the 1960s and 1970s, the station was reduced to having two operational platforms only, with the track and platform on the pre-1920s forecourt being converted back to something like its original use.

Announced in November 2009 the Welsh Assembly Government has asked Network Rail to conduct a feasibility study on reopening the line between Llangefni on Anglesey and Bangor for passenger services. Network Rail is expected to clear the line of vegetation and assess the track bed before publishing its report in 2010, before any business cases to reopen the line is then developed.[5]

Services[edit]

There is a basic hourly service to Wrexham General & Shrewsbury via Llandudno Junction, Colwyn Bay, Rhyl, Prestatyn Flint and Chester as well as across Anglesey to Holyhead.

There are also through services to London Euston (seven per day Monday-Friday, five on Saturdays, three on Sundays), Cardiff Central via Hereford (every two hours) and Birmingham International (every two hours). Since December 2012, there has also been a single weekday service to & from Manchester Piccadilly[6] (from Manchester mid-morning, returning in the early afternoon).

On Sundays the service is also hourly each way from mid-morning, but running to Holyhead and Crewe (apart from a single through service to Cardiff).

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Station Usage Statistics 2010/11". Office of Rail Regulation. Retrieved 10/12/2012. 
  2. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 26. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  3. ^ John Cowell (1990). Bangor: A Portrait in Old Picture Postcards. S.B. Publications. ISBN 1-870708-58-X. 
  4. ^ John Cowell (1997). Bangor: A Pictorial History (Volume 2). ISBN 0-9518592-3-4. 
  5. ^ "Old tracks could see trains again". BBC News. 2009-11-06. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  6. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 2013, Table 81

External links[edit]

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Coordinates: 53°13′19″N 4°08′10″W / 53.222°N 4.136°W / 53.222; -4.136