Pembroke Dock railway station

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Pembroke Dock National Rail
Welsh: Doc Penfro
Pembroke Dock
Location
Place Pembroke Dock
Local authority Pembrokeshire
Coordinates 51°41′38″N 4°56′17″W / 51.694°N 4.938°W / 51.694; -4.938Coordinates: 51°41′38″N 4°56′17″W / 51.694°N 4.938°W / 51.694; -4.938
Grid reference SM970035
Operations
Station code PMD
Managed by Arriva Trains Wales
Number of platforms 2 (1 in use)
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05   30,056
2005/06 Increase 30,439
2006/07 Increase 35,758
2007/08 Increase 41,128
2008/09 Decrease 39,446
2009/10 Increase 41,432
2010/11 Increase 45,640
2011/12 Increase 48,644
2012/13 Decrease 47,686
History
Original company Pembroke and Tenby Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
8 August 1864 (1864-08-08) Station opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Pembroke Dock from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Pembroke Dock railway station serves the town of Pembroke Dock in Pembrokeshire, Wales. It is located at the end of the Pembroke Dock branch of the West Wales Line from Swansea, 27 14 miles (44 km) southwest of Whitland.

It was opened on 8 August 1864 by the Pembroke and Tenby Railway[1] as an extension of their route from Pembroke to serve the Royal Navy dockyard in the town, though it was not until 1866 that the P&T route finally reached the main line at Whitland. The line was notable when constructed as it was built as standard gauge, not the 7-foot broad gauge used by the Great Western Railway at the time; and so it was isolated from the ex-South Wales Railway main line until 1868, when dual gauge track was laid as far as Carmarthen to meet the standard gauge tracks of the London and North Western Railway. This ceased to be an issue when the GWR converted all of its lines in the area to standard gauge in 1872.

As built, the station had two platforms; both are still in situ, but only the southern one is now in use. The main building has been partly converted into a real ale pub known as the 'Station Inn'.[2] A short freight branch ran past the station across local streets down to the actual dockside, and once carried munitions trains; but this was closed in 1969 and subsequently partially lifted.

The station has a regular daily service to/from Swansea via Whitland, with some through trains to/from Cardiff Central and further east (one service originating at Manchester Piccadilly). Connections are available at Swansea for mainline destinations at other times. Trains run every two hours Mon-Sat,[3] with a less frequent service on Sundays.

On summer Saturdays, the station is also used by First Great Western who provide two HSTs in each direction: two to London Paddington, one from London Paddington and one early morning HST starting its journey from Swansea. One through train in each direction is named The Pembroke Coast Express.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 182. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  2. ^ Railscot - Pembroke Dock www.railbrit.co.uk; Retrieved 2013-11-22
  3. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 2013, Table 128

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Pembroke   Arriva Trains Wales
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Pembroke   First Great Western
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