Gowerton railway station

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Gowerton National Rail
Welsh: Tre-gŵyr
Gowerton
Location
Place Gowerton
Local authority Swansea
Grid reference SS592964
Operations
Station code GWN
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  10,618
2005/06 Decrease 8,908
2006/07 Increase 13,768
2007/08 Increase 23,357
2008/09 Increase 33,318
2009/10 Increase 42,674
2010/11 Increase 66,346
2011/12 Increase 77,854
2012/13 Increase 84,244
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Gowerton railway station (originally Gower Road and later Gowerton North) serves the village of Gowerton, Wales. It is located at street level at the end of Station Road in Gowerton. Since it is unmanned, tickets need to be bought in advance or on the train. Gowerton is served approximately every two hours by Arriva Trains Wales services heading westbound towards Llanelli, (where they continue to either West Wales or to Shrewsbury via the Heart of Wales Line; and eastbound towards Swansea. The station was originally a request stop, but on 9 September 2013, it was no longer listed as one.

The station originally had two platforms, sited on the section between Cockett station and Duffryn, but was singled in 1986 as an economy measure. Network Rail planned to re-double the section of railway through this station and re-instate the disused east-bound platform in May 2012. Work commenced in March 2013 and was completed a month later.[1][2] This will increase the capacity of this section of line and allow more trains to stop at this station.[3] The re-doubling work was completed in July 2013 with the disused platform brought back into use. This resulted in an additional 95 services stopping at Gowerton every week.[4]

Gowerton station was opened as Gower Road by the South Wales Railway on Tuesday 1 August 1854[5] It was later renamed Gowerton, following a request to the railway company by the parish vestry, and from 1950 became known as Gowerton North to distinguish it from the Gowerton South railway station which served the now closed Pontarddulais to Swansea Victoria section of the Heart of Wales Line until 1964.[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ South Wales Evening Post, May 2012
  2. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-22037479
  3. ^ Network Rail Wales RUSNetwork Rail website; Retrieved 2008-06-25
  4. ^ This is South Wales - Revamped Gowerton train station is on track to fine future
  5. ^ Contemporary report in The Cambrian newspaper, cited by N.T. Wassell in magazine article "Gowerton North (Part One)", published by the Railway Club of Wales, circa 1986.
  6. ^ Clinker's Register of Closed Passenger Stations and Goods Depots in England, Wales and Scotland, 1830-1977, AvonAngliA Publications, Bristol, 1978.

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Swansea   Arriva Trains Wales
West Wales Line
  Llanelli
Swansea   Arriva Trains Wales
Heart of Wales Line
  Llanelli

Coordinates: 51°38′55″N 4°02′07″W / 51.6487°N 4.0353°W / 51.6487; -4.0353