Bruton railway station

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Bruton National Rail
Bruton
Location
Place Bruton
Local authority South Somerset
Coordinates 51°06′42″N 2°26′50″W / 51.11170°N 2.44732°W / 51.11170; -2.44732Coordinates: 51°06′42″N 2°26′50″W / 51.11170°N 2.44732°W / 51.11170; -2.44732
Grid reference ST687347
Operations
Station code BRU
Managed by First Great Western
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03   14,706
2004/05 Increase 17,167
2005/06 Increase 18,449
2006/07 Increase 19,369
2007/08 Decrease 18,520
2008/09 Increase 23,444
2009/10 Increase 25,576
2010/11 Decrease 25,544
2011/12 Increase 27,362
2012/13 Increase 30,078
History
Original company Great Western Railway
1856 Opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Bruton from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Bruton railway station serves a largely rural area of the county of Somerset in England. The station is situated in the small town of Bruton.

The station is on the Bristol to Weymouth line some 32.75 miles (53 km) south of Bath Spa. Trains on the Reading to Taunton line pass through the station but do not normally stop. Both the services and the station are operated by First Great Western.

History[edit]

Bruton station in 1963

The station was opened by the Great Western Railway on 1 September 1856 on its Wilts, Somerset and Weymouth main line. At that time this was just a single track but a loop was provided at Bruton to allow trains to pass. Stone buildings were erected on both platforms, and a footbridge linked the platforms from 1895. A signal box was provided from 1877 at the west end of the station.[1]

The goods yard, which was on the north side of the line opposite the signal box, was closed on 5 April 1965 and the station was downgraded to an unstaffed halt from 6 October 1969.

Description[edit]

The station has two platforms with a modern glass-and-metal waiting shelter on each. A footbridge enables passengers to cross the line. There is no wheelchair access to the far platform (for trains arriving from Bristol and going to Weymouth).

The cutting in which the railway is built is a Site of Special Scientific Interest as one of the best places in England to demonstrate the stratigraphic distinction of ammonites in the subcontractus zone and the morrisi zone.[2]

Services[edit]

A train to Weymouth

In 2014 there are eight trains each way during the week and five on Sundays. It is not a regular service; there are some gaps of several hours between trains. To the north services run to and from Bath Spa, Bristol Temple Meads (either direct or by connection at Westbury). Some are extended beyond Bristol to and from Gloucester. To the south trains run to Yeovil Pen Mill and Weymouth.[3]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Frome   First Great Western
Heart of Wessex Line
  Castle Cary

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oakley, Mike (2006). Somerset Railway Stations. Bristol: Redcliffe Press. ISBN 1-904537-54-5. 
  2. ^ English Nature citation sheet for the site (accessed 7 August 2006)
  3. ^ National Rail Timetable (May 2014), Table 123