Bruton railway station
|Local authority||South Somerset|
|Managed by||First Great Western|
|Number of platforms||2|
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Great Western Railway|
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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
There is generally a two-hourly service (eight per day in total) northbound to Westbury, Bath Spa, Bristol Temple Meads and Gloucester and southbound to Weymouth. On Sundays there are three trains in each direction throughout the year, increasing to five during the summer.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Frome||First Great Western
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