Gowerton railway station

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Gowerton National Rail
Welsh: Tre-gŵyr
Gowerton Railway Station.jpg
Location
Place Gowerton
Local authority Swansea
Grid reference SS592964
Operations
Station code GWN
Managed by Arriva Trains Wales
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2012/13 Increase 84,244
2013/14 Increase 0.110 million
2014/15 Increase 0.131 million
2015/16 Increase 0.143 million
2016/17 Increase 0.167 million
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Gowerton from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Gowerton railway station (originally Gower Road and later Gowerton North) serves the village of Gowerton, Wales. It is located at street level at the end of Station Road in Gowerton 5 12 miles (8.9 km) west of Swansea. The station is unmanned but has a ticket machine, shelters on each platform and live train running information displays. Gowerton is served approximately every hour by Arriva Trains Wales services heading westbound towards Llanelli, where they continue to either West Wales or to Shrewsbury via the Heart of Wales Line; and eastbound towards Swansea, with many continuing further east to Cardiff Central, Hereford and Manchester Piccadilly.[1] The station was originally a request stop, but on 9 September 2013, it was no longer listed as one.

The station originally had two platforms, sited on the section between Cockett station and Duffryn, but the track was singled in 1986 as an economy measure. Network Rail planned to re-double the section of railway through this station and re-instate the disused east-bound platform in May 2012. Work commenced in March 2013 and was completed a month later.[2][3] This has increased the capacity of this section of line and allowed more trains to stop at this station.[4] The re-doubling work was completed in July 2013 with the disused platform brought back into use. This resulted in an additional 95 services stopping at Gowerton every week[5] and this has also helped to increase passenger usage at the station, which has risen by 2,100% since 1998.[6]

Gowerton station was opened as Gower Road by the South Wales Railway on Tuesday 1 August 1854[7] It was later renamed Gowerton, following a request to the railway company by the parish vestry, and from 1950 became known as Gowerton North to distinguish it from the Gowerton South railway station which served the now closed Pontarddulais to Swansea Victoria section of the Heart of Wales Line until 1964.[8]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Table 128 & 129 National Rail timetable, December 2016
  2. ^ South Wales Evening Post, May 2012
  3. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-22037479
  4. ^ Network Rail Wales RUSNetwork Rail website; Retrieved 2008-06-25
  5. ^ This is South Wales - Revamped Gowerton train station is on track to fine future
  6. ^ Johnston, Howard (13 April 2016). "Regional News". Rail Magazine. No. 798. p. 25. ISSN 0953-4563. 
  7. ^ Contemporary report in The Cambrian newspaper, cited by N.T. Wassell in magazine article "Gowerton North (Part One)", published by the Railway Club of Wales, circa 1986.
  8. ^ Clinker's Register of Closed Passenger Stations and Goods Depots in England, Wales and Scotland, 1830-1977, AvonAngliA Publications, Bristol, 1978.

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Swansea   Arriva Trains Wales
West Wales Line
  Llanelli
Swansea   Arriva Trains Wales
Heart of Wales Line
  Llanelli

Coordinates: 51°38′55″N 4°02′07″W / 51.6487°N 4.0353°W / 51.6487; -4.0353