Falmouth Town railway station

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Falmouth Town
National Rail
Falmouth Town - GWR 150233 down service.JPG
General information
LocationFalmouth, Cornwall
England
Coordinates50°08′54″N 5°03′51″W / 50.1484°N 5.0642°W / 50.1484; -5.0642Coordinates: 50°08′54″N 5°03′51″W / 50.1484°N 5.0642°W / 50.1484; -5.0642
Grid referenceSW810320
Managed byGreat Western Railway
Platforms1
Other information
Station codeFMT
ClassificationDfT category F1
History
Original companyWestern Region of British Railways
Key dates
7 December 1970Opened as 'Falmouth'
5 May 1975Renamed 'The Dell'
15 May 1989Renamed 'Falmouth Town'
Passengers
2017/18Increase 0.217 million
2018/19Decrease 0.214 million
2019/20Increase 0.222 million
2020/21Decrease 85,498
2021/22Increase 0.233 million
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Falmouth Town railway station is the most central of the stations in Falmouth, Cornwall, England. It is on the Maritime Line, 312 miles 9 chains (312.11 miles, 502.30 km) measured from London Paddington (via Box and Plymouth Millbay).[1] It is unstaffed; the station and the trains are operated by Great Western Railway. Despite only being opened in 1970, the station has already been known by three different names: Falmouth, The Dell, and Falmouth Town.

History[edit]

The station was opened as Falmouth by British Rail on 7 December 1970[2] when the branch line was cut back by 845 metres (924 yd) to terminate here. The platform was constructed using components from Perranporth Beach Halt which had closed in 1963.

It was renamed The Dell on 5 May 1975[3] when the original Falmouth station was reopened,[2] subsequently being renamed again, this time to Falmouth Town on 15 May 1989.[3]

Facilities[edit]

There is just one platform on the north side of the line (the side nearest the town centre) reached by a ramp from the car park. The platform is constructed from concrete slabs and piers, and a metal and glass waiting shelter is provided. There are no ticket buying facilities, so passengers have to buy a ticket in advance or from the guard on the train.

Location[edit]

The station is close to the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, and is the closest serving station for Falmouth University's Woodlane Campus. Both are indicated on the station's signs.

Services[edit]

All trains on the Maritime Line are operated by Great Western Railway. They run seven days each week and operate every half-hour Monday to Saturday daytime and hourly at other times.[4]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Penmere   Great Western Railway
Maritime Line
  Falmouth Docks

Community Rail[edit]

The railway from Truro to Falmouth is designated as a community rail line and is supported by marketing provided by the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership. The line is promoted under the "Maritime Line" name.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yonge, John; Padgett, David (August 2010) [1989]. Bridge, Mike (ed.). Railway Track Diagrams 3: Western (5th ed.). Bradford on Avon: Trackmaps. map 10A. ISBN 978-0-9549866-6-7.
  2. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 94. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  3. ^ a b Butt 1995, pp. 94, 228
  4. ^ Table 143 National Rail timetable, May 2019
  5. ^ Department for Transport, Rail Group (2006), Route prospectus for the … The Maritime Line

External links[edit]

This station offers access to the South West Coast Path
Distance to path ¼ mile
Next station anticlockwise Par 38 miles
Next station clockwise Falmouth Docks ½ mile