Colwyn Bay railway station
|Welsh: Bae Colwyn|
|Colwyn Bay Station up platform 4 January 2006|
|Local authority||Conwy (county borough)|
|Managed by||Arriva Trains Wales|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened 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 station was opened by the Chester and Holyhead Railway in October 1849; originally named Colwyn, it was renamed Colwyn Bay in 1876. 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.
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  dual carriageway. The main station building stands on what was the island platform.
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.
Mondays to Saturdays:
- Arriva Trains Wales operates an alternate hourly service between Holyhead and Birmingham International or Cardiff Central via Wrexham General. A few early morning/late evening trains start/finish at Crewe rather than Birmingham or Cardiff.
- 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.
- Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 67. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
- Images of diversion of North Wales Coast Railway at Colwyn Bay to accommodate A55
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Abergele and Pensarn||Arriva Trains Wales
North Wales Coast Line
|Rhyl||Arriva Trains Wales
North-South "Premier" service
North Wales Coast Line