Hayle railway station

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Hayle National Rail
Hayle
Looking east
Location
Place Hayle
Local authority Cornwall
Coordinates 50°11′08″N 5°25′12″W / 50.18560°N 5.42010°W / 50.18560; -5.42010Coordinates: 50°11′08″N 5°25′12″W / 50.18560°N 5.42010°W / 50.18560; -5.42010
Grid reference SW559372
Operations
Station code HYL
Managed by First Great Western
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  43,467
2005/06 Increase 51,299
2006/07 Increase 63,593
2007/08 Decrease 60,174
2008/09 Increase 73,868
2009/10 Increase 77,172
2010/11 Increase 85,508
2011/12 Increase 89,748
2012/13 Decrease 88,704
History
Original company West Cornwall Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
Opened 1852
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Hayle from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Hayle railway station serves the town of Hayle, Cornwall, United Kingdom. The station is operated by First Great Western and is on the Cornish Main Line 7.25 miles (12 km) north east of Penzance.

History[edit]

The station was opened by the West Cornwall Railway on 11 March 1852 when it replaced the original Hayle Railway terminus, located in what is now the Isis RNLI Memorial Gardens. It was demolished shortly after the end of World War II.

During the 19th century, Hayle was a busy junction with goods lines running all round the town, many connecting from the embankment which is still visible behind the 'up' platform (accessed over the barrow crossing from the car park). However, the decline of shipping in the Hayle estuary meant that these freight lines were no longer of any use and were closed in 1982. Hayle signal box was closed and demolished at the same time.

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
St Erth   Great Western Railway
Cornish Main Line
  Gwinear Road

Description[edit]

The main entrance is to the platform served by trains to Penzance, which is approached by a road from Foundry Square. A footpath allows level access to the other platform too, and this continues along the route of a closed railway track down towards the wharves opposite a bridge which leads across the water to the Towans. There is also access between the platforms over a foot crossing, which is unusual for a main line station where fast services pass through without stopping.

A camping coach adjacent to the westbound platform offers holiday accommodation.

Services[edit]

An FGW Class 150 at Hayle with a service to Plymouth

Hayle is served by many of the First Great Western trains on the Cornish Main Line between Penzance and Plymouth. Some trains run through to or from London Paddington station, including the Night Riviera overnight sleeping car service.

There is one train each day operated by CrossCountry providing a service to Scotland in the morning and returning in the evening.

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
First Great Western
CrossCountry


This station offers access to the South West Coast Path
Distance to path 100 yards (91 m)
Next station anticlockwise Lelant Saltings 2 miles (3 km)
Next station clockwise Newquay 35 miles (56 km)