Gilfach Fargoed railway station

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Gilfach Fargoed
National Rail
North through Gilfach Fargoed railway station (geograph 6138329).jpg
LocationGilfach, Caerphilly
United Kingdom
Coordinates51°41′03″N 3°13′39″W / 51.6842°N 3.2274°W / 51.6842; -3.2274Coordinates: 51°41′03″N 3°13′39″W / 51.6842°N 3.2274°W / 51.6842; -3.2274
Grid referenceST152990
Managed byTransport for Wales
Platforms2
Other information
Station codeGFF
ClassificationDfT category F2
History
OpenedApril 1908 (April 1908)
Passengers
2014/15Decrease 3,606[1]
2015/16Increase 3,882[1]
2016/17Decrease 3,152 [1]
2017/18Increase 5,150 [1]
2018/19Decrease 4,396 [1]

Gilfach Fargoed railway station is a railway station serving the village of Gilfach, in Caerphilly county borough, south Wales. It is a stop on the Rhymney Line of the Valley Lines network.

The platforms are short (16 m or 52 ft)[2] and can barely accommodate a British Rail Class 153 train, due to its small size it is affectionately nicknamed "Gilfach International". Passengers can only alight from the front doors of any train calling here, so the conductor on longer trains must give passengers advance notice so that they have time to move towards the front set of doors.

History[edit]

Built as a halt by the Rhymney Railway in 1908 for recently introduced steam railmotors, some 50 years after the line first opened. Although very close, the halt did not serve the Brecon and Merthyr Railway which passed behind, on its way to Bargoed south Junction.

Services[edit]

Mondays to Saturdays there is an hourly service between Bargoed and Penarth. Sundays there is a two-hourly service between Rhymney and Barry Island.[3]

On Monday 6 July 2020, the station will close temporarily due to the platforms not being long enough to accommodate social distancing measures introduced because of the COVID-19 pandemic.[4]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Pengam   Transport for Wales
Rhymney Line
  Bargoed

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Annual estimated intercity rail passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at this station from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ "Timetable Planning Rules" (PDF). Network Rail. 6 February 2015. pp. 225, 226. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  3. ^ Table 130 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  4. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-53276751

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