Colwyn Bay railway station
|Welsh: Bae Colwyn|
Colwyn Bay Station up platform in January 2006
|Local authority||Conwy County Borough|
|Managed by||Transport for Wales|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened October 1849|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* 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.|
Colwyn Bay station was opened by the Chester and Holyhead Railway in October 1849; originally named Colwyn, it was renamed Colwyn Bay in 1876. 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.
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  dual carriageway (along with the old station goods yard). The main station building stands on what was the down island platform.
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.
Mondays to Saturdays:
- Transport for Wales operates an alternate hourly service between Holyhead and Birmingham International or Cardiff Central via Wrexham General. A few early morning/late evening trains start/finish at Crewe rather than Birmingham or Cardiff.
- Transport for Wales also operates an hourly stopping service between Llandudno and Manchester Piccadilly via Warrington Bank Quay. All of these services call at Abergele & Pensarn and Shotton, with some extended through to/from Manchester Airport.
- Virgin Trains West Coast operates a number of services from Holyhead and Bangor to London Euston. Two weekday services operate between Birmingham New Street and Crewe to Bangor or Holyhead.
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||Following station|
|Abergele and Pensarn||Transport for Wales
North Wales Coast Line
|Rhyl||Transport for Wales
North-South Premier Service
WCML North Wales branch
- Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 67. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
- Images of diversion of North Wales Coast Railway at Colwyn Bay to accommodate A55
- Colwyn Bay station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 11 January 2017
- Table 81 National Rail timetable, May 2017
- Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (2012). Rhyl to Bangor. West Sussex: Middleton Press. figs. 30-39. ISBN 9781908174154. OCLC 859594415.
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