Harlech railway station

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Harlech National Rail
Harlech
Harlech station as seen from Harlech Castle.
Location
Place Harlech
Local authority Gwynedd
Grid reference SH580314
Operations
Station code HRL
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 Decrease 0.113 million
2006/07 Decrease 0.100 million
2007/08 Increase 0.158 million
2008/09 Decrease 0.132 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.129 million
2010/11 Decrease 0.127 million
2011/12 Steady 0.127 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.115 million
History
Original company Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway
Pre-grouping Cambrian Railways
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Harlech from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Harlech railway station is located at a level crossing on the A496 in the centre of the town of Harlech in Gwynedd, North Wales. The waiting shelters were installed to cater for the high numbers of schoolchildren commuting to and from neighbouring schools.[citation needed] The station is on the Cambrian Coast Railway with passenger services to Porthmadog, Pwllheli, Barmouth, Machynlleth and Shrewsbury. Until the 1960s there was a summer service between London Paddington and Pwllheli, via Birmingham Snow Hill, Shrewsbury and Machynlleth.

A horde of anorak-clad passengers greet Arriva Trains Wales 158828 on a rainy day in 2009.


History[edit]

From January to April 2014, the line from Machynlleth was out of service for repairs due to storm damage north of Barmouth and a replacement bus service was in operation - this was due to the major repairs required to the formation (which required a complete rebuild of the sea wall as well as the track bed at Llanaber).

Also the line northwards to Pwllhelli is closed until 2015 because of structural problems with the wooden viaduct at Pont Briwet caused by ongoing construction work on its intended replacement. The £20 million scheme is being carried out by Network Rail and Gwynedd County Council, with the new bridge being built a few metres downstream of the present one. Work to drive piles into the river bed to create foundations for the new viaduct have made the old one shift and rendered it unsafe for both trains and road traffic. Trains are starting & terminating at Harlech until the work is complete, with a replacement bus service in operation to Portmadog & Pwllhelli.

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Llandanwg
Line and station open
  Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway
Cambrian Railways
  Tygwyn
Line and station open

Services[edit]

Trains stop approximately once every 2 hours in each direction Mondays - Saturdays with only 1 train per day stopping on a Sunday.

Sources[edit]

  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199. 
  • Jowett, Alan (March 1989). Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0086-1. OCLC 22311137. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
Arriva Trains Wales

Coordinates: 52°51′42″N 4°06′34″W / 52.861605°N 4.109531°W / 52.861605; -4.109531