Pontyclun railway station

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Pontyclun National Rail
Welsh: Pont-y-clun
Pontyclun
Pontyclun Railway Station, 2006
Location
Place Pontyclun
Local authority Rhondda Cynon Taf
Coordinates 51°31′26″N 3°23′32″W / 51.5239°N 3.3921°W / 51.5239; -3.3921Coordinates: 51°31′26″N 3°23′32″W / 51.5239°N 3.3921°W / 51.5239; -3.3921
Grid reference ST035815
Operations
Station code PYC
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   0.174 million
2005/06 Increase 0.176 million
2006/07 Increase 0.190 million
2007/08 Increase 0.208 million
2008/09 Increase 0.224 million
2009/10 Increase 0.228 million
2010/11 Increase 0.231 million
2011/12 Increase 0.241 million
2012/13 Increase 0.256 million
History
Original company South Wales Railway / Cowbridge Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway / Taff Vale Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
18 June 1850 SWR station opened as Llantrissant for Cowbridge
18 September 1865 Cowbridge Rly station opened as Llantrissant
c. 1866 GWR (ex-SWR) station renamed Llantrissant
by 1902 both stations renamed Llantrisant
21 September 1925 Stations amalgamated
2 November 1964 Closed
28 September 1992 Reopened as Pontyclun
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Pontyclun from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Pontyclun railway station is an unstaffed, minor railway station in Pontyclun, in the County Borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf, South Wales. The station is at street level, on Station Approach, Pontyclun. It is a stop on the South Wales Main Line, served by trains on the Maesteg Line, and occasionally by the Swanline Cardiff to Swansea regional services, as well as one early-morning daily service to Manchester and a late-night daily service to Carmarthen. The station and all trains are operated by Arriva Trains Wales.

The station was rebuilt and reopened under British Rail as Pontyclun on 28 September 1992.[1] It was previously called Llantrisant station and was originally two separate railway stations that were merged in 1925, those originally belonging to the South Wales Railway and the Cowbridge Railway,[2] whose successors, the Great Western Railway and the Taff Vale Railway respectively, had amalgamated in 1922.

History[edit]

A 1903 Railway Clearing House Junction Diagram showing (left) railways in the vicinity of Pontyclun (shown here as LLANTRISANT). GWR in yellow; TVR in green.

The first section of the South Wales Railway (SWR), that between Chepstow and Swansea, opened on 18 June 1850.[3] The original stations on that line included one named Llantrissant for Cowbridge.[2]

The station became a junction with the opening of the first section of the Ely Valley Railway (EVR) to Tonyrefail on 2 August 1860,[4] although passenger services along that line did not begin until 1 August 1865.[5] The EVR opened a branch to Brofiskin Colliery in 1862,[6] and another railway, the Llantrisant and Taff Vale Junction Railway, which opened in December 1863,[7] intended to use part of that branch to gain access to Llantrisant via a connection at Maesaraul Junction, but in order to do this, the Brofiskin branch had to be altered to mixed gauge - this occurred in December 1864.[8]

The station name was simplified to Llantrissant c. 1866,[2] by which time the SWR had amalgamated with the Great Western Railway (GWR) in 1863.[9] Adjacent to this station was the terminus of the Cowbridge Railway, which opened on 18 September 1865, originally being named Llantrissant.[2] The Cowbridge Railway was leased by the Taff Vale Railway (TVR) in 1876, and absorbed by that concern in 1889.[10] Both the GWR and TVR stations had their names amended to Llantrisant by 1902.[2] The TVR in its turn amalgamated with the GWR on 1 January 1922, and on 21 September 1925 their respective stations were merged as a single station.[2]

Llantrisant was a major intermediate station on the South Wales Main Line. It consisted of two central through platforms and bays for the Ely Valley line, the Llantrisant & Taff Vale Junction line and the branch to Cowbridge and Aberthaw.[11] The station was closed on 2 November 1964.[2] The station was rebuilt and reopened as Pontyclun on 28 September 1992.[1]

Extensive sidings existed around the station for the coal and mineral traffic generated by the mines in the area. At least the line to Cwm Colliery was in regular use until 1984.[citation needed]

Cwm Colliery branch line[edit]

A single track railway runs north from Pontyclun station - the remnants of the Llantrisant and Taff Vale Junction Railway. The track turns west at Talbot Green to run roughly parallel to the Afon Clun, alongside the north of the A473, which runs between Pontypridd and Bridgend. At Cross Inn the track turns north east, running south of Llantrisant and north of Caerau Hillfort, an Iron Age enclosure. Originally, it ran to the Cwm Coking Works at Tynant, Beddau, just past the former station Llantwit Fardre, although the track has been dismantled to the east of Cross Inn. The original railway paraphernalia remains intact between Talbot Green and Pontyclun, including the track, signals and bridges with cages above the track to prevent people throwing things (or themselves) onto the trains, tracks or coal wagons. The track remains embedded in the road where it crosses the A473, warning lights are at the roadside and roadsigns warn drivers to stop if they see warning lights flash at the level crossing. A consultative study in 2006 (Sewta Rail Strategy Study) considered the possibility of reopening the Pontyclun to Beddau branch line, as a passenger line rather than just for freight. This would require new stations at Talbot Green, Llantrisant, Gwaun Meisgyn and Beddau (Tynant).[12]

The former Llantrisant station in 1962

Services[edit]

Mondays to Saturdays there is an hourly service eastbound to Cardiff Central, Newport, Chepstow, Lydney, Gloucester and Cheltenham Spa, as well as an early-morning service to Manchester via Cardiff, Newport and the Welsh Marches Line via Hereford, Shrewsbury and Crewe.

Westbound there is an hourly service to Bridgend and Maesteg, as well as occasional Swanline regional services from Cardiff Central to Swansea.

On Sundays the service decreases dramatically. There are just three trains per day in each direction: westbound services run to Milford Haven, whilst eastbound services run to Manchester.

Services in the week are operated mainly by Class 150 Sprinter units, although on some services, either Class 158 Express Sprinter units or Class 175 Coradia units are used.

On Sundays all services are operated by Class 175 units.

Facilities[edit]

The station has 2 platforms:

  • Platform 1, for westbound trains towards Maesteg
  • Platform 2, for eastbound trains towards Cardiff

Pontyclun station is unstaffed. It has neither ticket gates nor barriers. The station has no ticket office or self-service ticket machines; passengers must either purchase tickets on board trains, or at their destinations. Both platforms have shelters. The station car park is free-of-charge to rail users.[13]

A locomotive depot, known as Llantrisant, was situated between the station and Mwyndy Junction, on the eastern side of the curve. It housed around 20 locomotives, and closed in October 1964.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Butt 1995, p. 188
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 147. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  3. ^ MacDermot, E.T. (1927). History of the Great Western Railway, vol. I: 1833-1863. Paddington: Great Western Railway. pp. 303, 563, 865. 
  4. ^ MacDermot 1927, p. 861
  5. ^ MacDermot, E.T. (1931). History of the Great Western Railway, vol. II: 1863-1921. Paddington: Great Western Railway. pp. 82–83, 616. OCLC 55853736. 
  6. ^ MacDermot 1927, p. 862
  7. ^ Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. London: Guild Publishing. p. 32. CN 8983. 
  8. ^ MacDermot 1931, p. 596
  9. ^ MacDermot 1927, p. 586
  10. ^ Awdry 1990, pp. 23–24
  11. ^ Chapman, C (1996). The Llantrisant Branches of the Taff Vale Railway. The Oakwood Press. ISBN 0-85361-481-4. 
  12. ^ "Sewta Rail Strategy Study Executive Summary" (PDF). Jacobs Consultancy, Sewta Rail Strategy Study, Executive Summary. South East Wales Transport Alliance. 2006. Retrieved 3&February 2011.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  13. ^ "Pontyclun Station". National Rail. Retrieved 04/02/2011.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  14. ^ Lyons, E.T. (1974) [1972]. An Historical Survey of Great Western Engine Sheds 1947. Headington: Oxford Publishing Co. p. 190. ISBN 0-902888-16-1. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Cardiff Central   Arriva Trains Wales
Maesteg Line
  Llanharan
Disused railways
Terminus   Great Western Railway
Ely Valley Railway
  Coed Ely
Line and station closed
Terminus   Llantrisant and Taff Vale Junction Railway
Pontypridd-Llantrisant
  Cross Inn
Line and station closed
Terminus   Taff Vale Railway
Llantrisant-Aberthaw
  Llanharry
Line and station closed
Historical railways
Peterston
Line open, station closed
  Great Western Railway
South Wales Main Line
  Llanharan
Line and station open