Abergele & Pensarn railway station
|Abergele & Pensarn|
|Welsh: Abergele a Phen-sarn|
|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*|
|Original company||Chester and Holyhead Railway|
|Pre-grouping||London and North Western Railway|
|1 May 1848||Opened as Abergele|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Abergele & Pensarn from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
Opened as Abergele by the Chester and Holyhead Railway on 1 May 1848, it became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway during the Grouping of 1923. The line then passed on to the London Midland Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948.
The Privatisation of British Railways led to services being provided by Arriva Trains Wales.
The station had been the location of a Camping coach. It was originally served by loops off the main line in both directions, but the eastbound one was removed in the late 1980s and the main line realigned to pass through the platform. However the westbound one remained in use until early 2017 - it was decommissioned over the weekend of 8/9 January. The loop has now been lifted and the platform will be extended out to reach the remaining main line. A replacement bus service is being provided to Rhyl whilst the work is in progress, as westbound trains will not be able to call until the work is complete in mid-February.
Abergele train disaster
On 20 August 1868, the Irish Mail collided with some runaway goods wagons which had been left on the running line between Abergele and Pensarn & Llandulas stations. The accident was, at the time, the worst railway disaster in Britain.
The station is served by an hourly service in each direction (weekday daytimes) on the Manchester to Llandudno route operated by Arriva Trains Wales and calling at Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Oxford Road, Newton-le-Willows, Earlestown, Warrington Bank Quay, Runcorn East railway station, Frodsham, Helsby, Chester, Shotton, Flint, Prestatyn, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay, Llandudno Junction, Deganwy and Llandudno. A few services between Crewe/Birmingham International/Cardiff Central and Holyhead also call at peak periods and in the late evening.
On Sundays, the service is provided by Holyhead to Crewe trains, which call hourly each way from late afternoon (only certain trains call during the morning & early afternoon, resulting in sizeable gaps in the timetable).
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Rhyl||Arriva Trains Wales
North Wales Coast Line
- Butt 1995, p. 12.
- Abergele & Pensarn North Cheshire Rail Users Group website article; Retrieved 11 January 2017
- Railway Inspectorate Report to the Board of Trade for the Abergele AccidentRailways Archive; Retrieved 4 March 2016.
- GB eNRT December 2016 Edition, Table 81
- Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
- Jowett, Alan (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas (1st ed.). Penryn, Cornwall: Atlantic Transport Publishers. ISBN 978-0-906899-99-1. OCLC 228266687.
- Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (2012). Rhyl to Bangor. West Sussex: Middleton Press. figs. 15-21. ISBN 9781908174154. OCLC 859594415.
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