Clarbeston Road railway station

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Clarbeston Road National Rail
Clarbeston Road
Clarbeston Road railway station
Location
Place Clarbeston Road
Local authority Pembrokeshire
Coordinates 51°51′07″N 4°53′02″W / 51.852°N 4.884°W / 51.852; -4.884Coordinates: 51°51′07″N 4°53′02″W / 51.852°N 4.884°W / 51.852; -4.884
Grid reference SN015209
Operations
Station code CLR
Managed by Arriva Trains Wales
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 Increase 3,011
2005/06 Increase 3,210
2006/07 Increase 3,802
2007/08 Increase 4,127
2008/09 Increase 5,330
2009/10 Decrease 5,068
2010/11 Increase 6,832
2011/12 Increase 8,464
2012/13 Increase 9,146
History
Original company South Wales Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
2 January 1854 Station opened as Clarbeston
30 August 1906 Renamed Clarbeston Road
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Clarbeston Road from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Clarbeston Road railway station serves villages such as Clarbeston Road, Clarbeston, Wiston, Walton East and Crundale in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The station, originally named Clarbeston, was opened by the South Wales Railway on 2 January 1854.[1] A direct route to Fishguard Harbour – the Clarbeston Road and Letterston Railway (CR&LR) – was opened by the Great Western Railway on 30 August 1906,[2] and the station at Clarbeston was renamed Clarbeston Road.[1] As part of the CR&LR works, a number of improvements were made to the west of the station for the anticipated increase in goods traffic, but the passenger facilities were not altered because it was intended that Clunderwen would continue to serve as the junction station.[3]

It is an unstaffed station, with shelters on each platform. Trains stop here by request only. The usual service pattern is one train every two hours in each direction, westwards to Milford Haven and eastwards to Manchester Piccadilly via Swansea and Cardiff Central. The branch line to/from Fishguard Harbour railway station diverges here with six direct services each way - three morning, two evening, one night - calling at the station each day Monday to Saturday. There is no direct service on Sundays. See external links for timetable details.

High speed train services ran through Clarbeston Road to Milford Haven until the early 1990s, terminating in 1994.[4] The signal box west of the station now supervises not only the junction between the two routes but also both branches to their respective termini, all of the other boxes on both lines having been closed as part of a 1988 re-signalling scheme that saw control centralised here and colour light signals replace the surviving semaphores.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 62. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  2. ^ Nock, O.S. (September 1967). History of the Great Western Railway, vol. III: 1923-1947. Shepperton: Ian Allan. p. 434. 1584/387/DXX/967. 
  3. ^ Parker, Richard; Morris, John (2008) [1981]. The Railways of Pembrokeshire. Corhampton: Noodle Books. pp. 139–140. ISBN 978-1-906419-07-3. 
  4. ^ Intercity Magazine Network Map 1993 Retrieved 5 December 2012
  5. ^ South Wales at the Turn of the Century - Clarbeston Road www.signalbox.org; Retrieved 2013-11-22

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Clunderwen   Arriva Trains Wales
West Wales Line
Milford Haven branch
  Haverfordwest
Arriva Trains Wales
West Wales Line
Fishguard branch
Fishguard and
Goodwick
Historical railways
Clunderwen
Line and station open
  Great Western Railway
Clarbeston Road and Letterston Railway
  Wolf's Castle Halt
Line open, station closed