Bucknell railway station

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Bucknell National Rail
Bucknell railway station.JPG
Location
PlaceBucknell
Local authorityShropshire Council
Grid referenceSO355736
Operations
Station codeBUK
Managed byTransport for Wales
Number of platforms1
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2014/15Increase 8,340
2015/16Decrease 5,696
2016/17Decrease 5,516
2017/18Decrease 4,324
2018/19Decrease 3,758
History
Key datesOpened 1861 (1861)
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* 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.

Bucknell railway station serves the village of Bucknell in Shropshire, England 28 14 miles (45.5 km) south west of Shrewsbury on the Heart of Wales Line.

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 Transport for Wales.

The station has two platforms, although currently only the one adjacent to the original station building (now a private house and Grade-II listed since 1987[1]) is operational, the other track having been lifted in the early 1960s.

History[edit]

Bucknell station c.1910
The station in 1963

The station and line was constructed by the Knighton Railway and opened in 1861. Further construction and route openings in 1865 and 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.

Facilities[edit]

The station is unstaffed and has the same range of amenities as others on the route i.e. CIS display screen, customer help point, waiting shelter and timetable information board.[2]

Services[edit]

There are four passenger trains a day southbound and five northbound (four on Saturdays), running between Shrewsbury and Swansea from Monday to Saturday, and two services on Sundays.[3] As of October 2018, trains serving the station are operated by Transport for Wales.

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 mandatorily, 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[4]), half-barriers were installed in spring 2014, and fully commissioned on 28/29 April 2014.[5]

Bus service[edit]

Local bus services (the Arriva Buses Wales 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.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bucknell Railway Station Archived 17 May 2017 at the Wayback Machine British Listed Buildings; Retrieved 26 July 2017
  2. ^ Bucknell station facilities National Rail Enquiries
  3. ^ Table 129 National Rail timetable, December 2018
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 May 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Bucknell Station History". Archived from the original on 19 February 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  6. ^ Arriva Archived 1 December 2011 at the Wayback Machine 738, 740

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Knighton   Transport for Wales
Heart of Wales Line
  Hopton Heath

Coordinates: 52°21′26″N 2°56′53″W / 52.3573°N 2.948°W / 52.3573; -2.948