Keynsham railway station

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Keynsham National Rail
Keynsham
Location
Place Keynsham
Local authority Bath and North East Somerset
Coordinates 51°25′05″N 2°29′43″W / 51.4180°N 2.4954°W / 51.4180; -2.4954Coordinates: 51°25′05″N 2°29′43″W / 51.4180°N 2.4954°W / 51.4180; -2.4954
Grid reference ST655689
Operations
Station code KYN
Managed by First Great Western
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03   0.139 million
2004/05 Increase 0.169 million
2005/06 Increase 0.188 million
2006/07 Increase 0.210 million
2007/08 Increase 0.231 million
2008/09 Increase 0.257 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.250 million
2010/11 Increase 0.279 million
2011/12 Increase 0.306 million
2012/13 Increase 0.329 million
History
Original company Great Western Railway
1840 Opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Keynsham from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Keynsham railway station is a railway station serving the town of Keynsham in Bath and North East Somerset, England. It is located on the London-Bristol and Bristol-Southampton trunk routes and was opened on 31 August 1840 with the completion of the Great Western Railway line between Bristol and Bath. It was renamed Keynsham and Somerdale on 1 February 1925 with the opening of the Fry's chocolate factory at Somerdale. The station was rebuilt in 1931 to accommodate longer trains bringing in workers who had transferred from a factory in Bristol belonging to the company.[1]

The station's name reverted to Keynsham on 6 May 1974. By this time many workers had relocated to Keynsham, or commuted by car. The factory had its own rail system which was connected to the mainline. The connection to Fry's chocolate factory was taken out of use on 26–27 July 1980.[2]

The station was rebuilt in 1985 as a joint project between British Rail and Avon County Council. The rebuilding provided a new brick built shelter on platform 1, a new footbridge and the enlargement of the car park. Further construction work begn in mid-2009. In 2011 a campaign group was formed to gain improved access for the disabled at the station.[3] In March 2014 work was started on building a disabled access ramp to provide disabled access to Platform 1. The work is due to be completed by summer 2014.

Services[edit]

Passenger services are operated by First Great Western[4] and South West Trains.[5]

Keynsham Station has at least an hourly service in each direction between Monday and Saturday, with roughly a 2 hourly service on Sunday. Destinations include: Brighton; Southampton; London Waterloo; Weymouth; Cardiff; Bath Spa; and Bristol Temple Meads. The majority of its services are a combination of 2 hourly Weymouth trains and 2 hourly Southampton trains eastbound and an hourly service to Bristol and Gloucester in the other direction. There are a few services on Monday to Friday that operate between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads.[6]

It is common to see a range of different train classes. These include: Class 150; Class 153; Class 158 and occasionally class 253.

Bus links[edit]

The following bus services stop just outside the station on Keynsham Road:

17 Keynsham to Southmead Hospital

37 Bath to Bristol via Hanham

42 Keynsham to Bristol via Kingswood

319 Bath to Cribbs Causeway

533 Keynsham to Mangotsfield

All the services are operated by First Bristol except the 533. Services 37 and 319 are temporarily diverted through Keynsham due to the A431 road closed at Kelston. First Bristol services 38, 39 and 178 stop in the town centre just a short walk away.

Gallery[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Bristol Temple Meads   First Great Western
Great Malvern/Gloucester - Westbury/South Coast
  Oldfield Park
Bristol Temple Meads   South West Trains
Bristol - London Waterloo
  Bath Spa

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Keynsham & Somerdale Railway Station in 1932". Time Capsules. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Keynsham". Bristol Rail. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "9 Nov 2011 : Column 386". Hansard. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Keynsham". First Great Western. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Keynsham". South West Trains. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Operators". Bath and North East Somerset Council. Retrieved 27 June 2012.