Holyhead railway station

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Holyhead National Rail
Welsh: Caergybi
Holyhead
Location
Place Holyhead
Local authority Anglesey
Coordinates 53°18′29″N 4°37′52″W / 53.308°N 4.631°W / 53.308; -4.631Coordinates: 53°18′29″N 4°37′52″W / 53.308°N 4.631°W / 53.308; -4.631
Grid reference SH247822
Operations
Station code HHD
Managed by Arriva Trains Wales
Owned by Network Rail
Number of platforms 3
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  0.215 million
2005/06 Decrease 0.202 million
2006/07 Increase 0.212 million
2007/08 Decrease 0.209 million
2008/09 Decrease 0.185 million
2009/10 Increase 0.186 million
2010/11 Increase 0.241 million
2011/12 Increase 0.242 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.237 million
History
Original company Chester and Holyhead Railway
Pre-grouping London and North Western Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
1 August 1848 (1848-08-01) First station opened
15 May 1851 Station resited
1 January 1866 Station resited
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Holyhead from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Holyhead railway station serves the Welsh town of Holyhead (Welsh: Caergybi) on Holy Island, Anglesey. The station is the western terminus of the North Wales Coast Line and is managed by Arriva Trains Wales. It connects with the Holyhead Ferry Terminal.

History[edit]

Stena House and Platform 2

The first station in Holyhead was opened by the Chester and Holyhead Railway on 1 August 1848, but this was replaced by the second on 15 May 1851.[1]

The present station was opened by the London and North Western Railway on 17 January 1866[1] and still retains its overall roof. It originally had four platforms, but only three are currently in use, the track to the former platform three having been lifted.

Platform one on the western side of the station, is separated from the other two by the ferry terminal buildings and inner harbour and is the one normally used by Virgin Trains services to London Euston. Most Arriva Trains Wales services use platform two. Platform three is outside the train shed, and is only booked to be used by one train a day, the Premier Service to Cardiff Central.

A rail-served container terminal next to the station closed in 1991 when the traffic transferred to Liverpool.[2] It has since been demolished and is now used as a car parking area for the Stena Line fast ferry service.[3]

Passenger ships previously used to berth in the inner harbour next to Platform 1, this ceased when the port was reveloped. Stena Line built an administration building between platforms 1 and 2 in the early 1990s.

Services[edit]

Holyhead is served by a basic Arriva Trains Wales hourly service throughout the week (although less frequently on winter Sundays) to Shrewsbury with services continuing to Birmingham International and Cardiff Central on alternate hours. A few services operate to Manchester Piccadilly.

Virgin Trains operate services to London Euston via the West Coast Main Line (five each weekday, four on Saturdays, three on Sundays). On Sundays, most services run to/from Crewe.

Holyhead station adjoins the Holyhead Ferry Port, with sailings to both Dublin and Dún Laoghaire.

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
Arriva Trains Wales Terminus
Arriva Trains Wales
North-South "Premier" service
Terminus
Virgin Trains Terminus
Terminus   Stena Line
Ferry
  Dun Laoghaire
Mallin
Terminus   Irish Ferries
Ferry
  Dublin Port

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 122. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  2. ^ Holyhead, December 23 1980 www.2D53.co.uk; Retrieved 2013-08-05
  3. ^ Freightliners to Holyhead 1971 - 1991 www.penmorfa.com; Retrieved 2013-08-05

External Links[edit]

Media related to Holyhead railway station at Wikimedia Commons