Pilning railway station
|Local authority||South Gloucestershire|
|Managed by||First Great Western|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Great Western Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|Post-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|1 December 1886||Opened as Pilning|
|9 July 1928||Renamed Pilning High Level|
|6 May 1968||Renamed Pilning|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Pilning from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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In the Strategic Rail Authority's 2005/06 financial year, Pilning was ranked as the 13th least-used station in the UK. This is thought to be down to a limited service at the station.
In the Strategic Rail Authority's 2006/07 financial year, there was a rise in passengers at the station, giving some hope that the station remain open for another year, but Pilning was still ranked as the 18th least-used station in the UK. It is also a popular location for trainspotters, who make up the vast majority of the people who use the station daily.
The first Pilning station was opened on 8 September 1863 by the Bristol and South Wales Union Railway, absorbed by the Great Western Railway in 1868. When the Severn Tunnel was opened in 1886, the new line diverged from the original B&SWUR line to New Passage just south of Pilning station. The line to New Passage, including the original station, was closed, and a new station was opened on the new line nearby.
In 1900 the GWR reopened the old line to goods traffic, connecting with a new line through Severn Beach to Avonmouth. In 1928 passenger services were started on the line to Avonmouth, and a new station, Pilning Low Level, was opened on the site of the original Pilning station. The station on the Severn Tunnel line was renamed Pilning High Level.
Pilning continued to have two stations from 1928 to 1964, when the line from Pilning to Severn Beach was closed. Pilning High Level station was then renamed Pilning.
From 1924 to 1966 Pilning High Level was the terminus of a car transport service through the tunnel to Severn Tunnel Junction.
Prior to the timetable change in December 2006, Pilning was served by one train each way on weekdays. From December 2006 First Great Western decided to cut the service to just one train a week in each direction on Saturdays only. The eastbound departure is the 08:35 service to Taunton via Bristol Temple Meads and Weston-super-Mare. The westbound departure is the 15:41 service to Cardiff Central, calling at Severn Tunnel Junction, Newport and Cardiff Central. Both services are booked for a Class 150 Sprinter unit.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Severn Tunnel Junction||First Great Western
Cardiff Central - Taunton
(Saturdays only, limited service)
It has been speculated  that a decision was taken to close the station by stealth after the Severnside Stadium housing development stalled. This had been an extensive new housing project near the station and would have provided much commuter traffic from the area.
Severn Beach railway station with a much better service is in fact nearer to most residential parts of the village of Pilning than is Pilning station.
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