Chirk railway station

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Chirk National Rail
Welsh: Y Waun
From the footbridge, Chirk railway station (geograph 4024181).jpg
Location
PlaceChirk
Local authorityWrexham
Coordinates52°55′59″N 3°03′58″W / 52.933°N 3.066°W / 52.933; -3.066Coordinates: 52°55′59″N 3°03′58″W / 52.933°N 3.066°W / 52.933; -3.066
Grid referenceSJ284378
Operations
Station codeCRK
Managed byTransport for Wales
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Decrease 70,646
2014/15Increase 70,724
2015/16Decrease 68,444
2016/17Increase 71,844
2017/18Increase 75,524
History
Original companyShrewsbury, Oswestry and Chester Junction Railway
Pre-groupingGreat Western Railway
12 October 1848Station opens[1]
13 July 1964Closed to goods
1 March 1974Unstaffed[2]
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 Chirk from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Chirk railway station (Welsh: gorsaf y Waun) serves the town of Chirk in the county borough of Wrexham, Wales. Chirk station is on the Shrewsbury to Chester Line 21 miles (34 km) north of Shrewsbury, which is part of the former Great Western Railway mainline route from London Paddington to Birkenhead Woodside. The original 19th-century (grade 2 listed) Chirk / Y Waun station building was demolished in 1987, without consultation, by the local council.[3]

Chirk was also the eastern terminus and transfer point for the Glyn Valley Tramway.

Historical services[edit]

According to the Official Handbook of Stations the following classes of traffic were being handled at this station in 1956: G, P, F, L, H, C and there was a 15 cwt crane.[4] At one time there was also a private siding into the Cadbury's factory from where cocoa liquor was sent to the chocolate factory at Bournville.

The railway itself superseded the Llangollen Canal, which runs parallel to the railway through Chirk, for the transportation of coal and other goods.

Facilities[edit]

The station is unstaffed (and has been since 1974) with no ticket provision, so all tickets must be bought on the train or prior to travel. Stone waiting shelters are provided on both platforms, along with a fully accessible ramped footbridge linking them – this was installed in 2015 as part of 88a £2 million Welsh Assembly-funded station improvement project.[5] Train running information is provided via the CIS displays, automated announcements and timetable posters.[6]

Current services[edit]

Passenger

Trains run on two routes operated by Transport for Wales:

Some early morning & late evening trains run only between Shrewsbury and either Wrexham General or Chester only, whilst there is a single late evening service northbound to Manchester Piccadilly on weekdays only. Sundays see a two-hourly service to Chester & Birmingham International with a limited number of services to Holyhead & Cardiff.[7]

Freight

To the north of Chirk station on the Up (southbound) side of the line is a private siding into the Kronospan chipboard factory. The siding receives a trainload of softwood from Kingmoor Yard, Cumbria five days a week (Monday to Friday), and additionally, between the months of April and October, up to three trains a week of softwood from Ribblehead, North Yorkshire. Since 2007 these timber trains have been operated to the Chirk Kronospan factory by Colas Rail Ltd.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 60. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
  2. ^ Clinker, C.R., (1978) Clinker’s Register of Closed Station, Avon Anglia ISBN 0-905466-19-5
  3. ^ Chirk Station Plas Kynaston Canal Group; Retrieved 13 June 2017
  4. ^ 1956, Official Handbook of Stations, British Transport Commission
  5. ^ "Better access for passengers at Chirk station thanks to new footbridge" Network Rail Media Centre article 20 November 2015; Retrieved 13 June 2017
  6. ^ Chirk station facilities National Rail Enquiries
  7. ^ GB eNRT December 2018 Edition, Table 75

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Gobowen   Transport for Wales
Shrewsbury to Wrexham General Line
  Ruabon
  Historical railways  
Trehowell Halt   Great Western Railway
Shrewsbury to Chester Line
  Whitehurst Halt