Pyle railway station

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Not to be confused with Pylle railway station.
Pyle National Rail
Welsh: Y Pîl
Pyle
Location
Place Pyle
Local authority Bridgend
Grid reference SS823820
Operations
Station code PYL
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*
2004/05   48,056
2005/06 Increase 48,397
2006/07 Decrease 43,520
2007/08 Increase 47,431
2008/09 Increase 55,028
2009/10 Increase 61,078
2010/11 Increase 76,840
2011/12 Increase 87,650
2012/13 Increase 0.104 million
2013/14 Increase 0.156 million
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Pyle from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Llynvi and Ogmore Railway
 originally Duffryn, Llynvi and Porthcawl Railway 
 
to Glyncorrwg
South Wales Mineral Railway
to Tonmawr
Cymmer Viaduct
Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway
to Port Talbot • to Treherbert
West Junction
Cymmer Afan
Abergwynfi
Abergwynfi Colliery
Cymmer Tunnel
1591 yd 
1455 m 
Caerau Colliery
Caerau
Nantyffyllon
Port Talbot Railway and Docks Company
to Pontyrhyl
Maesteg (Neath Road)
PTR&DCo
to Port Talbot
Maesteg
Maesteg (Ewenny Road)
Garth
Troedyrhiew Garth
Llangynwyd
Ogmore Valley Railway
to Brynmenyn
Tondu
South Wales Main Line
to Bridgend
Cefn Junction PTR&DCo
Kenfig Hill
South Wales Main Line
to Bridgend
Pyle Junction
Pyle
South Wales Main Line
to Swansea
closed 1965
Cornelly Quarry
Nottage Halt
Nottage Tunnel
63 yd 
58 m 
Porthcawl

Pyle railway station is a minor station in Pyle (Welsh: Y Pîl) in Bridgend county borough, South Wales. The station is located at street level at Beach Road in Pyle. It is a stop on the South Wales Main Line, served by the Arriva Trains Wales Swanline Swansea to Cardiff Central regional train. These services are generally every 2 Hours during the day, with additional trains during the morning and evening peak.

Facilities[edit]

The station has 2 platforms:

The station is unmanned - there is no ticket office nor are there any platform entry barriers. Passengers must purchase tickets on board trains.

History[edit]

The original station at Pyle was opened by the South Wales Railway in 1850. It was relocated in 1876 and amalgamated with the former Llynvi and Ogmore Railway station of 1865, which served the branch lines to Tondu and Porthcawl.[1] In the days of steam Pyle Junction, together with its extensive sidings, was quite an important strategic point on the South Wales railway system, not only for passengers, commuting from or visiting the resort of Porthcawl, but also for freight and bulk traffic, particularly the limestone from local quarries essential for the iron and steel industries. This is evidenced by the fact that during World War II there were two military 'pill-boxes' overlooking its approaches. This station was closed by the Western Region of British Railways in 1964 as part of the notorious Beeching Axe, less than a year after the L&O lines also lost their passenger service.

As part of the Swanline initiative, the present station was opened about .5 miles (0.80 km) to the west in June 1994.

For a time under British Rail direct trains ran to London Waterloo, now passengers have to change at Bridgend to reach London Paddington.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Quick, M. E. (2005). Railway Passenger Stations in England, Scotland and Wales: a chronology. Richmond: Railway & Canal Historical Society. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Bridgend   Arriva Trains Wales
South Wales Main Line
  Port Talbot

Coordinates: 51°31′34″N 3°41′53″W / 51.526°N 3.698°W / 51.526; -3.698