Chepstow railway station

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Coordinates: 51°38′24″N 2°40′16″W / 51.6399°N 2.6711°W / 51.6399; -2.6711

Chepstow National Rail
Welsh: Cas-gwent
Chepstow
Chepstow station at 7am on a Saturday
Location
Place Chepstow
Local authority Monmouthshire
Grid reference ST536936
Operations
Station code CPW
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  0.113 million
2005/06 Increase 0.120 million
2006/07 Increase 0.129 million
2007/08 Increase 0.146 million
2008/09 Increase 0.168 million
2009/10 Increase 0.176 million
2010/11 Increase 0.188 million
2011/12 Increase 0.203 million
2012/13 Increase 0.208 million
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Chepstow from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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View from train in 1962

Chepstow railway station is a part of the British railway system owned by Network Rail and is operated by Arriva Trains Wales. Chepstow station is on the Gloucester to Newport Line. It is located within 330 yards (300 m) of the town centre, at Station Road, Chepstow. Chepstow is a historic walled border town and ancient port, situated at the southern end of the Wye Valley, two hours from London.

The line continues east from the station to Gloucester over the Chepstow railway bridge. It was formerly the junction station for the Wye Valley Railway to Monmouth Troy Station until this line closed to passengers in 1959. The railway has since been extensively rationalised and currently consists of a double track line with a trailing crossover to the east of the station, plus some disused track in the former yard.

Buildings[edit]

The single-storey buildings on the Gloucester/Birmingham side of the line are stone and timber-built structures, in an Italianate style. They were completed in 1850 for Brunel's South Wales Railway, and were designed by N. Lancaster Owen.[1] The canopy provides plenty of shelter. Unfortunately, on the more popular Newport/Cardiff side, there is just a small breeze block-built shelter. Access to this platform is via a wooden footbridge, making it difficult for passengers with pushchairs and the old and the infirm to cross.

Services[edit]

Although numerous trains pass through the station, the local rail service is sporadic, running an hourly service in each direction. A local campaign has been established, with the support of the local MP, Welsh Assembly members, County Council and town council, to improve rail services to the town.[2][3] In May 2011, CrossCountry commenced a year long trial of stopping its Cardiff-Birmingham-Nottingham services at the station on weekdays and Saturdays. In December 2011, it was reported that the trial would be extended until at least December 2012.[4]

As of May 2014, the basic service pattern consists of the hourly (with occasional two-hour gaps) Cheltenham Spa - Cardiff Central - Maesteg service (serving all intermediate stations between Gloucester & Newport) plus calls every second hour by the Cross-Country Nottingham - Cardiff Central trains.[5] On Sundays, there is a two-hourly service in each direction.

About[edit]

The station is unmanned apart from occasional Saturday mornings or when major events occur at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff when a temporary kiosk may be opened. Train times are on an electronic board with up to date information of the train times.[citation needed]

The nearest bus stop is a 5 minute walk away in the Tesco car park, however the service from here is infrequent and consists of just a local service. Chepstow bus station is approx 550 yards (0.5 km) further; from here buses to a wider area may be found. On race days, special buses are normally laid on to convey racegoers to and from Chepstow racecourse; this is a walk of approximately half an hour's duration.

Limited station parking is available, with eleven spaces. There is a car park near the station with more spaces.[6]

Service table[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Caldicot   Arriva Trains Wales
Maesteg / Cardiff Central - Cheltenham Spa
  Lydney
Caldicot   CrossCountry
Cardiff Central - Birmingham New Street / Nottingham
(Mondays to Saturdays only/Trial service)
  Lydney
Historical railways
Terminus   Wye Valley Railway
British Railways
  Tutshill Halt

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Newman, The Buildings of Wales: Gwent/Monmouthshire, Penguin Books, 2000, ISBN 0-14-071053-1, p.184
  2. ^ Better Trains 4 Chepstow campaign site
  3. ^ Daily Telegraph, Rail passengers face service cuts threat, 3 May 2010
  4. ^ Clark, Rhodri (December 2011). "Chepstow trial extended". Modern Railways 68 (759): 9. ISSN 0026-8356. 
  5. ^ GB National Rail Timetable May–December 2014, Table 132 (Network Rail)
  6. ^ Station Facilities for Chepstow Retrieved 22 April 2012

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