Dovey Junction railway station

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Dovey Junction National Rail
Welsh: Cyffordd Dyfi
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Dovey Junction with Aberystwyth-bound train approaching
Local authorityPowys
Grid referenceSN697980
Station codeDVY
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*
2012/13Increase 1,694
– Interchange Increase 1,397
2013/14Increase 1,828
– Interchange Decrease 1,046
2014/15Increase 2,366
– Interchange Decrease 1,029
2015/16Increase 3,740
– Interchange Increase 7,748
2016/17Increase 4,084
– Interchange Increase 9,035
Key datesOpened 1863 (1863)
1 July 1904Renamed Dovey Junction
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Dovey Junction from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Dovey Junction railway station (Welsh: Cyffordd Dyfi) is a railway station on the Cambrian Line in Wales. It is the junction where the line splits into the line to Aberystwyth and the Cambrian Coast Line to Pwllheli. Passenger services are provided by Transport for Wales. There is a single island platform.

The station is in Powys, about 440 yards (400 m) NE of the junction of three counties: the current "principal areas" of Ceredigion, Powys and Gwynedd, corresponding to the traditional counties of Cardiganshire, Montgomeryshire and Merionethshire.

The station is in the midst of the large Dyfi National Nature Reserve, near the Cardigan Bay coast. There is no settlement here but, contrary to common belief, it is not completely isolated: a 0.62-mile (1 km) footpath provides passenger access to and from the hamlet of Glandyfi in Ceredigion and a main road (the A487).


The station was opened in 1863 as Glandovey Junction. It was renamed Dovey Junction in 1904.[1]

The station has been rebuilt twice in recent years: the original Cambrian Railways buildings were first replaced in the 1970s by a flat-roofed station building. This building was subsequently replaced in the 1990s by a simple bus shelter, having fallen into a state of disrepair and being far larger than required at this remote location.

The station platforms were raised in 2008 in conjunction with raising of the tracks, to reduce the likelihood of closure of this section of line due to flooding. The work was part of a major programme of work on the Cambrian Line, including ERTMS signalling to replace the previous RETB system and an extended (dynamic) passing loop at Welshpool to permit running an hourly service from Shrewsbury-Aberystwyth in the future.

Dovey Junction is often quoted as a defining feature of the Great Western Railway in Wales: its inheritance of junctions in unlikely and inconvenient locations. Other examples are Moat Lane Junction, Talyllyn Junction, Afon Wen and Barmouth Junction (renamed Morfa Mawddach in 1960).


Trains call at least every two hours in each direction throughout the day (Mon–Sat), rising to once an hour during the morning and afternoon peaks and into the early evening. Platform 1 (south side) is used by services to/from Borth and Aberystwyth and platform 2 (north side) by trains along the coast to Barmouth and Pwllheli. Most trains serve both branches, with units joining or dividing at Machynlleth to make a 4-coach set east of there, though some trains (especially on Sundays) run between Birmingham or Shrewsbury and Aberystwyth only (some trains on both branches also start or end at Machynlleth).[2]

On Sundays, there is a 2-hourly service between Shrewsbury and Aberystwyth all year, plus 3 trains each way in summer to/from Pwllheli but just a single train each way in the winter months.


  1. ^ "Cambrian Railway Company. Alteration of Station Name". Montgomeryshire Echo. Wales. 16 July 1904. Retrieved 7 December 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).
  2. ^ Table 76 National Rail timetable, May 2017

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Coordinates: 52°33′50″N 3°55′26″W / 52.564°N 3.924°W / 52.564; -3.924