Caerphilly railway station

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Caerphilly National Rail
Welsh: Caerffili
Caerphilly Railway Station.jpg
Caerphilly railway station
Location
Place Caerphilly
Local authority Caerphilly
Coordinates 51°34′17″N 3°13′07″W / 51.5715°N 3.2186°W / 51.5715; -3.2186Coordinates: 51°34′17″N 3°13′07″W / 51.5715°N 3.2186°W / 51.5715; -3.2186
Grid reference ST156865
Operations
Station code CPH
Managed by Arriva Trains Wales
Number of platforms 3
DfT category D
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 0.678 million
2012/13 Increase 0.692 million
2013/14 Increase 0.698 million
2014/15 Increase 0.709 million
2015/16 Increase 0.744 million
History
Original company Rhymney Railway
Pre-grouping Rhymney Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
31 March 1858 Opened
1 April 1871 Re-sited
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 Caerphilly from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal
The station in 1990

Caerphilly railway station (Welsh: Gorsaf reilffordd Caerffili) is a railway station serving the town of Caerphilly, south Wales. It is a stop on the Rhymney Line of the Valley Lines network. The station is located at Station Road in the South of the town. Facilities include a small shop and a Ticket Kiosk. A self-service Ticket machine was installed near the entrance to the station on 22 December 2008. Several advertising murals depicting holiday travel in various parts of South Wales have been placed on the northbound side of the station in order to improve the 'look' of the station.[1]

History[edit]

Built in 1871 as part of the Rhymney Railway, the station ended up as a four way junction:[2]

As a result of traffic volume, the station was rebuilt in 1913 to four platforms and a west facing bay platform.[2]

Present form[edit]

With the closure of both junctions, and the simplification of the railway to a pure through service as part of the Rhymney Line, the station was rebuilt to a two platform with bus interchange in 1970.[2] The signalling system is currently set up to allow northbound services to terminate in the southbound platform (using a facing crossover) & return directly to Cardiff if required, although this facility is only used during the evenings in the current (May 2013) timetable. The on-going Valley Lines resignalling scheme will see a new bay platform bought into use at the station for use by terminating trains, which will allow a further increase in service frequencies to/from Cardiff in the future.[3]

Caerphilly was the terminus of the Rhymney Line from Penarth from 5 September 2008 to 19 September 2008 due to a landslip that blocked the line near Llanbradach railway station due to the poor weather conditions. Replacement bus services operated the route between Caerphilly and Bargoed/Rhymney. Train services subsequently resumed as normal.

Services[edit]

Monday to Saturdays there is a train every 15 minutes to Penarth via Cardiff Central and every 15 minutes to Bargoed, with one in four running through to Rhymney.[4] This decreases to hourly northbound and half-hourly southbound in the evenings, with some trains from Cardiff terminating & starting back from here.

On Sundays, there is a two-hourly service each way with southbound trains running to Barry Island.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Arriva Trains Wales
  2. ^ a b c "Caerphilly to Cardiff Line (Rhymney Railway)". railbrit.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-10-15. 
  3. ^ The Rail Engineer - Cardiff Area Resignalling www.theraileengineer.com; Retrieved 2013-09-11
  4. ^ GB eNRT December 2015 Edition, Table 130 (Network Rail)

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
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