Colwyn Bay railway station

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Colwyn Bay National Rail
Welsh: Bae Colwyn
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Colwyn Bay Station up platform 4 January 2006
Location
Place Colwyn Bay
Local authority Conwy County Borough
Grid reference SH851791
Operations
Station code CWB
Managed by Arriva Trains Wales
Number of platforms 2
DfT category D
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 0.309 million
– Interchange  Increase 4,462
2012/13 Increase 0.310 million
– Interchange  Increase 4,772
2013/14 Decrease 0.305 million
– Interchange  Decrease 4,116
2014/15 Decrease 0.295 million
– Interchange  Decrease 3,989
2015/16 Decrease 0.286 million
– Interchange  Increase 4,224
History
Key dates Opened October 1849 (October 1849)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Colwyn Bay from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Colwyn Bay railway station (Welsh: Bae Colwyn) is on the Crewe to Holyhead North Wales Coast Line.

History[edit]

Colwyn Bay station was opened by the Chester and Holyhead Railway in October 1849; originally named Colwyn, it was renamed Colwyn Bay in 1876.[1] The station is in an unusual location straddling a curved section of track. As a result, the track bed is cambered so that trains come to rest at the station platform at a significant tilt. In recent years enforcement action was taken by the Environment Agency when fuel oil spilled from the over-filled tanks of a diesel engine and percolated through the track bed and flowed onto the nearby beach, polluting it.[citation needed]

The current station consists of the platform faces that served the former fast lines (the section from here to Llandudno Junction was quadruple track until the 1960s). The platform faces to the slow lines were taken out of service and that on the "down" (westbound) side has been obliterated as a result of the construction of the A55 [2] dual carriageway (along with the old station goods yard). The main station building stands on what was the down island platform.

Facilities[edit]

Ticket barriers are in operation at this station, as are special blue lights in the toilets to stop people abusing intravenous drugs. The station has a footbridge and sheltered seating, along with digital information screens and automatic train announcements on both platforms. Lifts provide full step-free access to each side. The ticket office is staffed all week, from 06:15 until 19:15 on weekdays and from 11:15 to 18:15 on Sundays.[3]

Services[edit]

Mondays to Saturdays:

On Sundays there is an hourly service each way, westbound to Holyhead and eastbound to Crewe plus four through trains to London.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Abergele and Pensarn   Arriva Trains Wales
North Wales Coast Line
  Llandudno Junction
Rhyl   Arriva Trains Wales
North-South "Premier" service
  Llandudno Junction
Rhyl   Virgin Trains
WCML North Wales branch
  Llandudno Junction

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 67. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  2. ^ Images of diversion of North Wales Coast Railway at Colwyn Bay to accommodate A55
  3. ^ Colwyn Bay station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 11 January 2017
  4. ^ Table 81 National Rail timetable, December 2016

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Coordinates: 53°17′46″N 3°43′30″W / 53.296°N 3.725°W / 53.296; -3.725