Llandrindod railway station

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Llandrindod National Rail
Llandrindod
Llandrindod railway station: a Swansea - Shrewsbury train calls on 3 November 2006
Location
Place Llandrindod Wells
Local authority Powys
Grid reference SO059613
Operations
Station code LLO
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  42,992
2005/06 Decrease 40,139
2006/07 Decrease 38,370
2007/08 Increase 50,093
2008/09 Increase 51,118
2009/10 Decrease 47,366
2010/11 Increase 47,732
2011/12 Decrease 47,206
2012/13 Decrease 42,768
History
Key dates Opened 1865 (1865)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Llandrindod from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Llandrindod railway station serves the town of Llandrindod Wells in Mid Wales. It is located on the single line Heart of Wales Line and is served by four trains each way on Mondays to Saturdays, two each way on Sundays. Passenger services are operated by Arriva Trains Wales. The facility to pass northbound and southbound trains is used daily. It is also the most used station on the line itself, despite only having four trains a day in each direction (Mon-Sat); this has caused overcrowding on trains, and despite campaigns by local rail groups, the service has not been improved. However, a service of six trains in each direction (Mon-Sat) is proposed for the near future[dubious ].

The station was opened in 1865 [1] as the terminus of a branch line from Knighton by the Central Wales Railway (which was absorbed by the LNWR soon after completion). Construction of the Central Wales Extension Railway (another LNWR-backed project) southwards towards Llandovery started soon after and upon completion of this line in 1868, the town found itself on a through route between Craven Arms & Swansea. The line through the station was singled as an economy measure in the 1960s, although a passing loop was left a short distance to the north, near the town's level crossing. However the loop was relocated to the station in 1986 as part of the signalling modernisation scheme that centralised control at Pantyffynnon (the level crossing being converted to traincrew operation at the same time whilst the signal box was closed). The redundant No.2 signal box was subsequently also relocated to the station (in 1990) after closure and restored to full working order as a museum. It is located on the southbound platform and is open to the public at certain times.[2] The passing loop point machines were replaced on 22 August 2010 as part of a £5 million Network Rail modernisation scheme to renew the points at all five loops on the route[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Body, p.104
  2. ^ Llandrindod Wells Town Council Home Page - Visitor Attractions www.llandrindod.co.uk; Retrieved 2009-03-02
  3. ^ News From the Heart of Wales Line www.heart-of-wales.co.uk news article; Retrieved 2010-11-07

References[edit]

  • Body, G. (1983), PSL Field Guides - Railways of the Western Region, Patrick Stephens Ltd, Wellingborough, ISBN 0-85059-546-0

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Builth Road   Arriva Trains Wales
Heart of Wales Line
  Pen-y-Bont

Coordinates: 52°14′31″N 3°22′44″W / 52.242°N 3.379°W / 52.242; -3.379