Conwy railway station
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|Managed by||Transport for Wales|
|Number of platforms||2|
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened 1848|
|Original company||Chester and Holyhead Railway|
|Pre-grouping||London and North Western Railway|
|Post-grouping||London, Midland and Scottish Railway|
|1 May 1848||Opened as Conway|
|14 February 1966||Closed|
|29 June 1987||Reopened as Conwy|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Conwy from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Conwy railway station serves the ancient walled town of Conwy, Wales, and is located on the Crewe to Holyhead North Wales Coast Line. There are through services to Chester via Colwyn Bay, Rhyl, Prestatyn and Flint in one direction and to Bangor & Holyhead in the other. After arrival at Chester, most trains go forward to either Crewe, Cardiff or Birmingham International.
The station was opened by the Chester and Holyhead Railway on 1 May 1848; it was closed as part of the Beeching cuts on 14 February 1966 but reopened on 29 June 1987 as a request stop. Upon reopening, the Welsh spelling Conwy was adopted, in contrast to the Anglicised form Conway used until closure in 1966.
The original station had substantial decorated mock-Tudor style buildings on both sides (being sited within the town walls), along with canopies and a footbridge - this was however demolished soon after closure and no trace now remains. The modern 1987 replacement has only basic amenities, no ticket office and shorter platforms.
The station platforms can only fully accommodate 2 coaches. Services operated by longer DMUs that call at this station do so under 'local door operation', whereby passengers may only board or alight through one door of the train, usually the leading door of the second coach. This avoids obvious safety risks presented by passengers alighting from doors that are not adjacent to the platform. Each platform has an open sided shelter for waiting passengers, a customer help point, timetable poster boards and digital CIS displays. There is no ticketing provision and the station is unmanned - tickets must be bought on the train or in advance of travel. Step-free access is available (via ramps) to both sides.
There is a basic two-hourly service each way Monday to Saturday, improving to hourly at certain times (morning peak and late afternoon/early evening). Trains run between Holyhead and Chester and then on southbound via Shrewsbury to either Cardiff Central or Birmingham International. The Sunday service is infrequent (particularly in winter), with large gaps between trains. Services run to Holyhead and one of Crewe, Cardiff Central, Wolverhampton or Manchester Piccadilly.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Transport for Wales|
North Wales Coast Line
- Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (2012). Rhyl to Bangor. West Sussex: Middleton Press. figs. 71-80. ISBN 9781908174154. OCLC 859594415.
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