Bridgend railway station

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Bridgend National Rail
Welsh: Pen-y-bont
Bridgend
Station entrance
Location
Place Bridgend
Local authority Bridgend county borough
Grid reference SS907798
Operations
Station code BGN
Managed by Arriva Trains Wales
Number of platforms 4
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  0.904 million
2005/06 Increase1.057 million
2006/07 Increase1.171 million
2007/08 Increase1.343 million
2008/09 Increase1.504 million
2009/10 Increase1.535 million
2010/11 Increase1.605 million
2011/12 Decrease1.578 million
- Interchange 39,659
2012/13 Decrease1.547 million
- Interchange Increase41,577
History
18 July 1858 Station opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Bridgend from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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The station in 1962
View northward, towards Port Talbot in 1962

Bridgend railway station (Welsh: Gorsaf Pen-y-bont) is a mainline railway station, serving the town of Bridgend, South Wales. It is located approximately halfway between Cardiff Central and Swansea at the point where the Maesteg Line diverges from the South Wales Main Line, and is the western terminus of the Vale of Glamorgan Line from Cardiff via Barry and Llantwit Major. It is the fifth busiest station in Wales, after Cardiff Central, Cardiff Queen Street, Newport and Swansea.

History[edit]

The station was opened on 18 July 1850, and both the main platform building and the 1877 pedestrian bridge are Grade II listed.[1] The station was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Services on both branch lines from the station were withdrawn for a time in the 1960s & early 1970s (trains on the Vale of Glamorgan line fell victim to the Beeching Axe in June 1964, whilst Maesteg trains were withdrawn in July 1970), but each one has since been reopened.

Services[edit]

A First Great Western InterCity 125 service headed by 43004 departs Bridgend with a service to Swansea.

Passenger services are operated by First Great Western to and from London Paddington and Swansea, with some services extended to Carmarthen; and by Arriva Trains Wales to destinations across Wales.

To the west, Arriva Trains Wales trains run along the South Wales Main Line and West Wales Line to Swansea and then to Carmarthen, Pembroke Dock, Milford Haven or Fishguard Harbour.

Mainline services to Swansea and London run hourly (with extra services at peak hours), whilst regional and local services run hourly.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Pencoed   Arriva Trains Wales
Maesteg Line
  Wildmill
Llantwit Major   Arriva Trains Wales
Vale Line
  Terminus
Cardiff Central   Arriva Trains Wales
South Wales Main Line
  Pyle
Cardiff Central   First Great Western
London - Swansea
  Port Talbot Parkway

Platforms[edit]

Platforms 1 and 2 are full length platforms used for all long distance services on the South Wales Main Line.

Platform 1A was opened in July 2005 by Andrew Davies to act as the terminus for the newly re-opened Vale of Glamorgan Line, whose trains now run through to/from either Aberdare or Merthyr Tydfil

Platform 3, has been re-commissioned as an overflow bay platform facing west, and is used for services from Maesteg.

Incidents[edit]

On 5 May 2012, a dead body was found on the railway, near the station. The death was treated as unexplained.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bridgend Monuments and Memorial Trail, p 18
  2. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 2013-14, Table 130
  3. ^ GB NRT, Table 128
  4. ^ GB NRT, Table 125
  5. ^ GB NRT, Table 131
  6. ^ "Bridgend: rail death inquiry after man's body found". BBC News (BBC). 5 May 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°30′25″N 3°34′30″W / 51.50694°N 3.57500°W / 51.50694; -3.57500