Barmouth railway station

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Not to be confused with the former SEPTA station in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
Barmouth National Rail
Welsh: Abermaw
Barmouth
Location
Place Barmouth
Local authority Gwynedd
Grid reference SH612158
Operations
Station code BRM
Managed by Arriva Trains Wales
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05    0.162 million
2005/06 Decrease 0.160 million
2006/07 Decrease 0.128 million
2007/08 Increase 0.140 million
2008/09 Increase 0.148 million
2009/10 Increase 0.157 million
2010/11 Increase 0.167 million
2011/12 Increase 0.174 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.167 million
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Barmouth from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Barmouth railway station serves the seaside town of Barmouth in Gwynedd, Wales. The station is on the Cambrian Coast Railway with passenger services to Harlech, Porthmadog, Pwllheli, Tywyn, Aberdovey, Machynlleth and Shrewsbury. Between Morfa Mawddach and Barmouth the railway crosses the Afon Mawddach on the famous Barmouth Bridge

History[edit]

The station originally extended further south, with a platform for trains to Dolgellau and Ruabon on the south side of the level crossing. This platform became disused following the closure of the Dolgellau line in 1965, but remained in situ with its waiting room until the early 1990s. It was demolished to make way for a bus stop and car park. The goods yard was redeveloped around the same time by Co-operative Retail Services and, as at Tywyn and Pwllheli, is now occupied by a supermarket.

Until the 1960s there was a summer service between London Paddington and Pwllheli, via Birmingham Snow Hill, Shrewsbury and Machynlleth.

The station signal box, also on the south side of the level crossing, became disused in the 1980s as the Cambrian Line's traditional signalling system was replaced with radio signalling (RETB). After lying derelict for several years, it was moved to Glyndyfrdwy on the preserved Llangollen Railway.

Facilities[edit]

The southbound platform was improved in 2003 and is now home to Barmouth's tourist information centre. The station is unstaffed, but the tourist information centre provides a travel information service. The building also houses a small museum devoted to the history of Barmouth.

Services[edit]

Trains operate every two hours in each direction, southbound to Machynlleth, Shrewsbury & Birmingham International and northbound to Pwllheli. On Sundays, there is a single service each way all year, with extra trains in the summer. All services at Barmouth are provided by Arriva Trains Wales using its Class 158 DMUs.

Since 3 January 2014 however, train services have been suspended due to major infrastructure damage at several locations along the line caused by storm-force winds and the resultant tidal surges. Part of the sea wall to the north near Llanaber was swept away, leading to severe damage to the formation that will likely take up to four months to repair whilst further south a section of embankment at Tonfannau was washed out. Network Rail are hoping to restore service to Barmouth from the south by 10 February 2014, but the line north is likely to remain out of service until May. The northern end of the route beyond Harlech is also blocked because problems with the Pont Briwet viaduct (which is structurally unsound) and will remain closed until a replacement viaduct is commissioned in 2015.

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Historical railways
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Great Western Railway
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Great Western Railway Terminus

Coordinates: 52°43′23″N 4°03′25″W / 52.723°N 4.057°W / 52.723; -4.057