Builth Road railway station

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Builth Road National Rail
Builth road station.jpg
Builth Road station platform looking south, November 2005
Location
Place Builth Wells
Local authority Powys
Coordinates 52°10′08″N 3°25′38″W / 52.1689°N 3.4271°W / 52.1689; -3.4271Coordinates: 52°10′08″N 3°25′38″W / 52.1689°N 3.4271°W / 52.1689; -3.4271
Grid reference SO024532
Operations
Station code BHR
Managed by Arriva Trains Wales
Owned by Network Rail
Number of platforms 1
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  8,530
2005/06 Decrease 7,632
2006/07 Increase 8,564
2007/08 Increase 11,114
2008/09 Increase 11,752
2009/10 Decrease 9,730
2010/11 Decrease 9,124
2011/12 Decrease 9,028
2012/13 Increase 9,526
2013/14 Decrease 8,340
History
Original company Mid Wales Railway (Llechryd) and Central Wales Extension Railway (Builth Road)
Pre-grouping Cambrian Railways (Low Level) and London & North Western Railway (High Level)
Post-grouping Great Western Railway (Low Level) and London, Midland & Scottish Railway (High Level)
1864 Llechryd station opened
1866 Builth Road station opened
1889 Llechryd station renamed Builth Road Low Level
1962 Low Level platforms closed
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Builth Road from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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High level station in 1967
View of the low level station in 1962
The engine shed at Builth Road in 1962

Builth Road railway station is a station primarily serving the town of Builth Wells, in mid Wales. It is situated on the Heart of Wales Line. The station is just over two miles (about 3.5 km) north of Builth Wells on the A470.

All trains serving the station are operated by Arriva Trains Wales. There are four trains a day in each direction from Monday to Saturday, and two services on Sundays.

The station uses one of the high level platforms of the former interchange station with the earlier Mid Wales Railway (closed 31 December 1962) which served the town of Builth Wells directly on its route from Cardiff to the North. The original station did not originally bear the name "Builth Road".

During the Royal Welsh Show, Arriva Trains Wales run special services with connecting buses into Builth Wells.

Arrangement of high and low level lines in 1945
Railway bridge spanning the River Wye in the snow.

Terminology[edit]

The addition of the word "Road" to the name of the station indicates that the station is not located at Builth, but is some distance away on the road to Builth. Similarly, Gwinear Road, Beaulieu Road.

It is unusual in retaining the term "road": in recent times some such stations have been provided with park and ride facilities and renamed "Parkway", for example Bodmin Parkway. But it is not the only station on the line to retain the "Road" suffix, as the station serving Llanbister retains the name Llanbister Road.


Builth Road
& Builth Wells
Mid Wales Railway
Heart of Wales Line
Builth Road station
former low level platform
Builth Wells station
Mid Wales Railway

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Cilmeri   Arriva Trains Wales
Heart of Wales Line
  Llandrindod