Colwyn Bay railway station

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Colwyn Bay National Rail
Welsh: Bae Colwyn
Colwyn Bay
Colwyn Bay Station up platform 4 January 2006
Location
Place Colwyn Bay
Local authority Conwy (county borough)
Grid reference SH851791
Operations
Station code CWB
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  0.234 million
2005/06 Increase 0.241 million
2006/07 Increase 0.261 million
2007/08 Increase 0.262 million
2008/09 Increase 0.290 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.275 million
2010/11 Increase 0.299 million
2011/12 Increase 0.309 million
- Interchange 4,462
2012/13 Increase 0.310 million
- Interchange Increase 4,772
History
Key dates Opened October 1849 (October 1849)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Colwyn Bay from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Colwyn Bay railway station (Welsh: Bae Colwyn) is on the Crewe to Holyhead North Wales Coast Line.

History[edit]

Colwyn Bay station was opened by the Chester and Holyhead Railway in October 1849; originally named Colwyn, it was renamed Colwyn Bay in 1876.[1] The station is in an unusual location straddling a curved section of track. As a result the track bed is cambered so that trains come to rest at the station platform at a significant tilt. In recent years enforcement action was taken by the Environment Agency when fuel oil spilled from the over-filled tanks of a diesel engine and percolated through the track bed and flowed onto the nearby beach, polluting it.[citation needed]

The current station consists of the platform faces that served the Up Slow and Up Fast lines. The platform faces to the Down Slow and Down Fast lines were taken out of service and have been obliterated as a result of the construction of the A55 [2] dual carriageway. The main station building stands on what was the island platform.

Facilities[edit]

Ticket barriers are in operation at this station, as are special blue lights in the toilets to stop people abusing intravenous drugs. The station has a footbridge and sheltered seating.

Services[edit]

Mondays to Saturdays:

  • Arriva Trains Wales also operates an hourly stopping service between Llandudno and Manchester Piccadilly. All of these services call at Abergele & Pensarn and Shotton.
  • Virgin Trains operates a number of services from Holyhead and Bangor to London Euston (seven each way Mon-Fri, five on Saturdays and three on Sundays).

On Sundays there is an hourly service each way, westbound to Holyhead and eastbound to Crewe plus the aforementioned three through trains to London.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 67. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  2. ^ Images of diversion of North Wales Coast Railway at Colwyn Bay to accommodate A55

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Abergele and Pensarn   Arriva Trains Wales
North Wales Coast Line
  Llandudno Junction
Rhyl   Arriva Trains Wales
North-South "Premier" service
  Llandudno Junction
Rhyl   Virgin Trains
North Wales Coast Line
  Llandudno Junction

Coordinates: 53°17′46″N 3°43′30″W / 53.296°N 3.725°W / 53.296; -3.725