Hereford railway station

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Hereford National Rail
Hereford Railway Station.jpg
Location
Place Hereford
Local authority Herefordshire
Coordinates 52°03′41″N 2°42′30″W / 52.0614°N 2.7083°W / 52.0614; -2.7083Coordinates: 52°03′41″N 2°42′30″W / 52.0614°N 2.7083°W / 52.0614; -2.7083
Grid reference SO515405
Operations
Station code HFD
Managed by Arriva Trains Wales
Number of platforms 4
DfT category C1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2010/11 Increase 1.017 million
2011/12 Increase 1.081 million
2012/13 Increase 1.086 million
2013/14 Increase 1.104 million
2014/15 Increase 1.193 [note 1] million
History
Original company Shrewsbury and Hereford Railway
Pre-grouping Shrewsbury and Hereford Railway
Post-grouping Shrewsbury and Hereford Railway
6 December 1853 (1853-12-06) Opened as Hereford Barr's Court
1893 Renamed Hereford
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Hereford from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Hereford railway station serves the city of Hereford, England. Managed by Arriva Trains Wales, it lies on the Welsh Marches Line between Leominster and Abergavenny, is the western terminus of the Cotswold Line and also has an hourly London Midland service from Birmingham. The station has four platforms for passenger trains, and two additional relief lines for goods services.

Accorded "Secure Station" status in 2004,[1] the station has a staffed ticket office, self-service ticket machines, a café, and indoor waiting rooms. Automated ticket barriers have been in operation since 28 February 2006.[2]

History[edit]

There were originally two stations in Hereford - Barton, and Barrs Court.

Barton (52°03′23″N 2°43′28″W / 52.0563°N 2.7245°W / 52.0563; -2.7245 (Hereford Barton railway station)) lay to the west of the city and had been built by the Newport, Abergavenny and Hereford Railway (NA&HR). However, Barton was small and in a cramped location, and was not big enough nor could it be enlarged for the greater traffic that would entail from the arrival of the Shrewsbury and Hereford Railway from the north.

The resolution was an agreement to create a new joint railway station to the north east of the city, called Hereford Barrs Court. This would be a joint standard gauge/broad gauge station, sponsored jointly by the standard-gauge Shrewsbury & Hereford Railway (S&HR) and the GWR-sponsored Hereford, Ross and Gloucester Railway (HR&GR). When the Midland Railway–sponsored Hereford, Hay and Brecon Railway entered the town, they were given access rights, as was the later GWR-sponsored extension of the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway,[3] which joined the S&HR's route to the north of the city at Shelwick Junction.

In civil engineering preparation for this, and as the only company planning to enter the town from the north, in 1849 the S&HR built a brick works north of Dinmore Hill, which was fed by clay from the earthworks of digging a tunnel south underneath it. In 1852, 2 12 years later and having used 3 14 million bricks the tunnel was completed, freight traffic started in July 1852 to provide cash flow. However, construction continued, with the massive earthworks for a cutting to enter Barrs Court started in August 1852.[3]

The plan was to jointly open both stations between all four railways on 6 December 1853, with what was planned to be a Railway Fete. However, the first S&HR passenger service arrived at Barrs Ct. on Saturday 28 October, which carried the chairman Mr Ormsby-Gore and engineer Thomas Brassey.[3] As the negotiations and financing of the joint station had taken so long, they arrived at an incomplete facility.[4] Whilst completion of the station would follow shortly after, significant rebuilding would occur later in the nineteenth century, when the current Victorian Gothic buildings, designed by R.E. Johnson,[5] would be constructed.[2] The station opened on 6 December 1853, and the name was simplified to Hereford in 1893 on the closure of Barton station to passengers.[6]

2-6-0 on pilot duty in 1959

In 1866, a line connecting the NA&HR's route to the south of the city, branching off from the line to Barton at Redhill and joining with the HR&GR's route into Barrs Ct. station from the south, rendered Barton station obsolete, as through north-south services could now utilise the larger and better equipped Barrs Ct. station. However, Barton clung onto passenger services until January 1893,[7] the last services to use it being Midland Railway trains to Hay-on-Wye and Brecon. It would remain open as a goods only station until 1979, and the route through it from north to south, used as a goods only line to avoid Barrs Ct., also remained until approximately this time.

Services[edit]

Railways in Hereford
Welsh Marches Line (S&HR)
Cotswold Line (OW&WR)
Hereford, Hay & Brecon Rly
Hereford Barrs Court
Hereford Barton
River Wye
Rotherwas Junction
Welsh Marches Line (NA&HR)
Hereford, Ross & Gloucester Rly
Hereford, Ross
and Gloucester Railway
Welsh Marches Line (S&HR)
Cotswold Line (OW&WR)
Hereford, Hay and
Brecon Railway
Hereford Barrs Court
Hereford Barton
River Wye
Rotherwas Junction
ROF Rotherwas
Welsh Marches Line (NA&HR)
Dinedor tunnel
Holme Lacy
Ballingham tunnel
Ballingham
River Wye (Ballingham Bridge)
Fawley Tunnel
Fawley
River Wye
Backney Halt
River Wye
Ross-on-Wye
Ross and Monmouth Railway
Weston under Penyard Halt
Mitcheldean Road & Forest of Dean
Junction Railway
Mitcheldean Road
Lea Line tunnel
Longhope
Blaisdon Halt
Gloucester to Newport Line
Grange Court
Grange Court Junction
Gloucester to Newport Line

Hereford is served by trains operated by Arriva Trains Wales, London Midland, and Great Western Railway. It is the terminus of the routes from Birmingham New Street & London Paddington via Worcester Foregate Street and is served by all trains on the Manchester Piccadilly to Cardiff and Carmarthen route. Trains run hourly to Birmingham, Manchester, Shrewsbury & Cardiff Central (Mon-Sat) two-hourly to Wrexham General, Chester and Holyhead and less frequently to Oxford, Reading and London.[8]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Abergavenny   Arriva Trains Wales
Welsh Marches Line
  Leominster
Terminus   London Midland
Hereford to Birmingham
  Ledbury
  London Midland
Hereford to Dorridge
 
  Great Western Railway
Cotswold Line
 
Historical railways
Holme Lacy   Hereford, Ross and Gloucester Railway
British Railways
  Terminus

Bus Connections[edit]

  • Sargeants of Kington

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ No explanation is offered by the Office of Rail and Road as to the 89,000 increase in numbers since the 2013/2014 statistics

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Award for rail station". Hereford Times. 29 January 2004. Retrieved 27 January 2007. 
  2. ^ a b "Full steam ahead at railway station". Hereford Times. 6 March 2006. Retrieved 27 January 2007. 
  3. ^ a b c "Hereford and the railways". archenfield.com. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  4. ^ Cavalcade of a Century, 1832-1932, 100 years of the Hereford Times. Hereford Record Office - BH74. 
  5. ^ Marks, R.; Farnworth, R. (27 January 2007). "Hereford Barrs Court". The Railway Station Gallery. Retrieved 27 January 2007. 
  6. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 118. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  7. ^ "Herefordshire through time". Herefordshire through time. 16 May 2016. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  8. ^ GB eNRT December 2015 Edition, Tables 71, 126 & 131

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