Bridgend railway station
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|Local authority||Bridgend county borough|
|Managed by||Arriva Trains Wales|
|Number of platforms||4|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|19 June 1850||Station opened|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Bridgend from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Bridgend railway station (Welsh: Gorsaf Pen-y-bont) is a mainline railway station, serving the town of Bridgend, South Wales. It is located approximately halfway between Cardiff Central and Swansea at the point where the Maesteg Line diverges from the South Wales Main Line, and is the western terminus of the Vale of Glamorgan Line from Cardiff via Barry and Llantwit Major. It is the fifth busiest station in Wales, after Cardiff Central, Cardiff Queen Street, Newport and Swansea.
Services on both branch lines from the station were withdrawn for a time in the 1960s & early 1970s (trains on the Vale of Glamorgan line fell victim to the Beeching Axe in June 1964, whilst Maesteg trains were withdrawn in July 1970), but because the lines remained in situ due to coal traffic for the Aberthaw Power Station, each one has since been reopened to passenger services.
Mainline services to Swansea and London run hourly (with extra services at peak hours), whilst regional and local services run hourly.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Pencoed||Arriva Trains Wales
|Llantwit Major||Arriva Trains Wales
|Cardiff Central||Arriva Trains Wales
South Wales Main Line
|Cardiff Central||First Great Western
London – Swansea
|Port Talbot Parkway|
- Platform 1A
- Platform 1
- First Great Western:
- Arriva Trains Wales & Swanline:
- Swansea via Port Talbot Parkway and Neath.
- Maesteg via Wildmill.
- Milford Haven via Carmarthen from either Cardiff Central or Manchester Piccadilly
- Pembroke Dock via Carmarthen from either Cardiff Central or Manchester Piccadilly
- Fishguard Harbour via Carmarthen from either Cardiff Central or Cheltenham Spa
- Shrewsbury via Swansea on the Heart of Wales Line.
- Platform 2
- Platform 3
Platforms 1 and 2 are full length platforms used for all long distance services on the South Wales Main Line.
Platform 3, has been re-commissioned as an overflow bay platform facing west, and is used for services from Maesteg.
Accidents and Incidents
- In December 1965 a fatal collision occurred with a derailed Class 47, D1671, and D6983 travelling to Swansea, as the result of a landslip. The damage was so severe, D6983 was the first EE Type 3 to be withdrawn and as a result, the only locomotive in the entire class not to receive a TOPS number. The wreckage blocked the South Wales mainline and the Vale of Glamorgan line. Trains had to be diverted via the Vale of Neath line until unluckily a landslip blocked that route also. After the lines reopened, the remains of both locomotives were sold to local scrap merchants R.S. Hayes and cut up the following year.
- On 5 May 2012, a dead body was found on the railway, near the station. The death was treated as unexplained.
- Bridgend Monuments and Memorial Trail, p 18
- GB National Rail Timetable 2013–14, Table 130
- GB NRT, Table 128
- GB NRT, Table 125
- GB NRT, Table 131
- Morrison, Brian (1981). The Power of the 37s. Oxford: Oxford Publishing Co.
- "Bridgend: rail death inquiry after man's body found". BBC News (BBC). 5 May 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
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