Bucknell railway station
|Local authority||Shropshire Council|
|Managed by||Arriva Trains Wales|
|Number of platforms||1|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened 1861|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Bucknell from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
This railway station is located at street level, adjacent to the level crossing and parallel with Weston Road near the centre of the village. All trains serving the station are operated by Arriva Trains Wales.
The station has two platforms, although currently only the one adjacent to the original station building (now a private house) is operational, the other track having been lifted.
The station and line was constructed by the Knighton Railway and opened in 1861. Further construction and route openings in 1865 & 1868 subsequently put the station on a through route between Shrewsbury and Swansea.
Bucknell station quickly became the rail outlet for a wide area, stimulating a growth in the village itself.
The station is a request stop for trains running from Shrewsbury to Swansea. Those wishing to alight or board the train here must alert the driver/conductor of the train. However, passenger trains running from Swansea to Shrewsbury stop here automatically, as the train has to stop before the level crossing. For trains from the Swansea direction, the level crossing is activated by the traincrew using a cabinet on the platform. From 1977 to 2014, the level crossing was ungated, but following a number of near-misses (such as 12 recorded incidents in 2011), half-barriers were installed in spring 2014, and fully commissioned on 28/29 April 2014.
Local bus services (the Arriva 738 & 740) call at the station, which travel between Ludlow and Knighton and call at the nearby villages of Bedstone, Brampton Bryan and Leintwardine. Currently 4 buses per day (in each direction) call at Bucknell.
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|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Knighton||Arriva Trains Wales
Heart of Wales Line