Borth railway station

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Borth Station (geograph 6349510).jpg
General information
LocationBorth, Ceredigion
Coordinates52°29′28″N 4°03′00″W / 52.491°N 4.050°W / 52.491; -4.050Coordinates: 52°29′28″N 4°03′00″W / 52.491°N 4.050°W / 52.491; -4.050
Grid referenceSN609900
Managed byTransport for Wales
Other information
Station codeBRH
ClassificationDfT category F2
Opened1 July 1863
Original companyAberystwith and Welsh Coast Railway
Pre-groupingCambrian Railways
Post-groupingGreat Western Railway
2016/17Increase 64,498
2017/18Increase 67,186
2018/19Decrease 61,446
2019/20Decrease 55,634
2020/21Decrease 8,444
Listed Building – Grade II
Designated8 December 1997 (amended 8 December 1997)
Reference no.19150[1]
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Borth railway station is a railway station on the Cambrian Line in mid-Wales, serving the village of Borth near Aberystwyth.


Borth station in 1962

The station was opened by the Aberystwith and Welsh Coast Railway on 1 July 1863 when it opened the section of line between Machynlleth and Borth.[2][3]

It originally had two platforms with a goods yard to the north,[4] but is now an unmanned halt.[5]

The station was host to a GWR camp coach from 1934 to 1939.[6][7] A camping coach was also positioned here by the Western Region from 1952 to 1962. In 1963 the administration of camping coaches at the station was taken over by the London Midland, there was a coach here from 1963 to 1968 and two coaches from 1969 to 1971.[8]

The original station building still remains and is Grade II listed and in private / commercial use apart from one room, which provides a waiting room for passengers. The station was adopted under the Arriva Trains Wales Station Adoption Scheme and has won a number of community awards.

Volunteers started in January 2011 to convert an unused part of the waiting room and the long-closed booking office into a museum; this was completed in July 2011.[9] The museum now houses various collections, including Village History, Railway & Industrial Heritage, Natural History and Environmental displays.[10]


Train running information is provided by the standard combination of digital CIS displays, timetable poster boards and customer help point installed at most TfW-managed stations. Step-free access is available from the entrance and car park to the platform.[11]

In popular culture[edit]

The museum and station play a key role in Season 1, Episode 4 ("The Girl in the Water") of Y Gwyll (Hinterland in English), transmitted on S4C in 2013 and BBC One Wales in January 2014.[12]


Trains call at least every two hours in each direction (Mon-Sat), rising to hourly at certain times of day (morning & afternoon peak periods and into the evening). They run to Aberystwyth westbound and either Machynlleth, Shrewsbury or Birmingham International eastbound. A similar frequency operates on Sundays, but starting later in the day.[13]

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
Transport for Wales
Birmingham International-Aberystwyth


  1. ^ "Borth Station". Historic Wales. Cadw. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  2. ^ Quick, Michael (2019) [2001]. Railway passenger stations in Great Britain: a chronology (PDF) (5th ed.). Railway & Canal Historical Society. p. 83.
  3. ^ Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. pp. 13–14. ISBN 1-8526-0049-7. OCLC 19514063. CN 8983.
  4. ^ "Borth station on OS Six-inch map Cardiganshire III.NW (includes: Y Borth.)". National Library of Scotland. 1887. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Borth (BRH) station". National Rail Enquiries. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  6. ^ McRae, Andrew (1997). British Railway Camping Coach Holidays: The 1930s & British Railways (London Midland Region). Vol. Scenes from the Past: 30 (Part One). Foxline. p. 31. ISBN 1-870119-48-7.
  7. ^ Fenton, Mike (1999). Camp Coach Holidays on the G.W.R. Wild Swan. p. 35. ISBN 1-874103-53-4.
  8. ^ McRae, Andrew (1998). British Railways Camping Coach Holidays: A Tour of Britain in the 1950s and 1960s. Vol. Scenes from the Past: 30 (Part Two). Foxline. pp. 112–117. ISBN 1-870119-53-3.
  9. ^ Johnston, Howard (10 August 2011). "Regional News". Rail. Peterborough. p. 24.
  10. ^ "Welcome to Borth Station Museum". Borth Station Museum. Borth Station Museum. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Borth station facilities". National Rail. Rail Delivery Group. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Hinterland: Series 1, Episode 4 Review". Dead Good. Penguin Random House. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  13. ^ Table 76 National Rail timetable, May 2016

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