Foryd railway station

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Site of the station in 1993
Original company Vale of Clwyd Railway
Pre-grouping London and North Western Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
5 October 1858 Opened
20 April 1885 Closed
11 May 1885 New station opened
2 July 1917 Closed
1 July 1919 Reopened
5 January 1931 Closed
4 June 1938 Reopened as Kinmel Bay Halt
10 September 1938 Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
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Foryd railway station (later known as Kinmel Bay Halt) was a railway station built to serve Kinmel Bay, then in Flintshire but now in Conwy County Borough, Wales. The original Foryd station was opened on 5 October 1858 and was situated on the Denbigh, Ruthin and Corwen Railway.[1] The station was then moved to its second site, this time on the North Wales Coast Line, on 20 April 1885.[2] where it remained until its closure in 1948. There were four tracks running through the station, two slow and two fast, with the two platforms located adjacent to the slow tracks.

As was the case with many smaller stations of the time Foryd closed temporarily as a war economy measure between 2 July 1917 and 1 July 1919. The station continued to be used for only 12 years after this, closing again in 1931. It was then renamed to Kinmel Bay and experimentally re-opened during the summers of 1938 and 1939. Services never ran from there again and the station was permanently closed on 9 October 1948.[3] Nothing remains of either the station buildings or platforms, although the busy North Wales Coast Line still runs through the site.

In 2009 there was much speculation that a new station was to be built in the area.[4] January 2013 saw the North Wales Weekly News announce that £20 million had been earmarked for new stations in the UK and that funds would be applied for from this pot for the scheme.[5] However just a month later the Taith Joint Board, the North Wales transport consortium, pulled out of seeking funding for the project, stating that the "necessary infrastructure improvements have not been carried out".[6]


Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Line and station open
  London and North Western Railway
North Wales Coast Line
  Abergele and Pensarn
Line open, station closed

Coordinates: 53°18′26″N 3°31′44″W / 53.3073°N 3.5289°W / 53.3073; -3.5289