Llantwit Major railway station
|Welsh: Llanilltud Fawr|
|Local authority||Vale of Glamorgan|
|Managed by||Arriva Trains Wales|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|1 December 1897||opened|
|15 June 1964||closed|
|12 June 2005||reopened|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Llantwit Major from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
Llantwit Major railway station is a railway station serving the small town of Llantwit Major, South Wales. It is located on the Vale of Glamorgan Line, 18 1⁄4 miles (29.4 km) west of Cardiff Central towards Bridgend via Barry and Rhoose. The present station opened on 12 June 2005, when passenger services were restored on the section of line between Barry and Bridgend.
Llantwit Major was one of the five original stations which opened along with the line in 1897. Originally, there were four lines of rails through it. On the line's opening, the village of Llantwit Major lay to the south, separated from the station by fields, but the town has since expanded to the point where the station is now more or less in the centre. The station had two platforms, each with a loop line, with a substantial red brick station building on the 'down' platform. The other platform had a smaller shelter. The goods yard was also on the 'down' side. This consisted of a loop line with a centrally-placed crossover which enabled access to the brick goods shed on the outer line of the loop. Extra sidings were added in around 1900. The station closed to regular passenger services in 1964 when these facilities were withdrawn along the line. The final passenger working at the old station was on 25 June 1965 when the royal train arrived at the 'down' platform. It conveyed the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh en route to an engagement at Atlantic College. Later, the Royal Party rejoined the train for the journey to Port Talbot where the Queen was to open the new Afan Lido.
Monday to Saturdays there is an hourly service westbound to Bridgend and an hourly service eastbound to Cardiff Central and Merthyr Tydfil. Sundays there is a two-hourly service in each direction.
- Chapman, Colin. The Vale of Glamorgan Railway. The Oakwood Press, 1998, p.37.
- Chapman, Colin. The Vale of Glamorgan Railway. The Oakwood Press, 1998, p.151
- Chapman, Colin. The Vale of Glamorgan Railway. The Oakwood Press, 1998, p. 89
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Cardiff International Airport
|Arriva Trains Wales
Line open; station closed
|Great Western Railway||Llandow (Wick Road) Halt
Line open; station closed
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