Keynsham railway station

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Keynsham National Rail
Keynsham railway station.JPG
Location
Place Keynsham
Local authority District of 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
from National Rail Enquiries
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
2013/14 Increase 0.358 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 began in mid-2009. In 2011 a campaign group was formed to gain improved access for the disabled at the station.[3] Recently a new disabled access ramp was built which provides wheelchair access between the footbridge and Platform 1. In addition to this, dot matrix display boards have been put up on both platforms. These displays are accompanied by audio announcements.

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; Gloucester; 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. On summer Saturdays an extra train is put on between Bristol Temple Meads and Weymouth formed of a full 8-coach HST set, calling at Keynsham at 0914 and 2001 return. There are a few services on Monday to Friday that operate between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads.[6] In August 2015 the line between Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa is due to be closed for major engineering works to make way for the electrification of the Great Western Main Line.

It is common to see a range of different train classes. These include: Class 43; Class 150; Class 153; Class 158.

Bus links[edit]

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

17 Keynsham to Southmead Hospital

17A Keynsham to Southmead Hospital

42 Keynsham to Bristol via Kingswood

All the services are operated by First Bristol. 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.