Hopton Heath railway station

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Hopton Heath
National Rail
Hopton Heath railway station MMB 06.jpg
The original station building and present-day platform, looking north.
LocationHopton Heath, Shropshire
England
Grid referenceSO380774
Managed byTransport for Wales
Platforms1
Other information
Station codeHPT
ClassificationDfT category F2
History
Opened1861
Passengers
2015/16Decrease 1,754
2016/17Decrease 1,332
2017/18Decrease 1,006
2018/19Increase 1,510
2019/20Decrease 924
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Hopton Heath railway station is a railway station (now more akin to a halt) in Hopton Heath, a hamlet in Shropshire, England (which is alternatively spelled as a single word "Hoptonheath"). It lies on the Heart of Wales Line, 25+12 miles (41.0 km) south west of Shrewsbury. It is currently the Least Used Station In Shropshire.

The station is situated in a very rural area; the nearest sizeable settlement is Hopton Castle and further afield are the larger villages of Clungunford and Leintwardine (the latter in Herefordshire). The station was for a number of years the least used National Rail station in Shropshire, however passenger numbers have recently increased and now Broome is the county's least used station.

The station and line were constructed by the Knighton Railway and opened in 1861. Further construction and route openings in 1865 and 1868 subsequently put the station on a through route between Shrewsbury and Swansea.

The railway station is located below street level, to the south of the B4385 road bridge. The original station building is now private housing.[1] Originally there were two tracks running through, but one has been lifted with the "singling" of the line in general back in the early 1960s. In addition to the main building, the station has retained its stone weighbridge hut next to the entrance.

The station has two platforms: the original (but now disused) Shrewsbury-bound platform extends entirely to the south of the bridge; the remaining passenger platform (originally for Swansea-bound trains, but now used for all trains) extends under the bridge, though at present only the part to the south is usually used by passengers.[2]

A wooden waiting shelter is located on the platform, along with CIS display, customer help point and timetable poster board are provided to offer train running information.[3]

Access to the platform is via steps from the road bridge or alternatively via a level footpath (which cycles are also allowed to use) which runs south from the station to the "Ashlea Pools" holiday park entrance.

Since 6 July 2020, trains have not called at the station due to the short platform and the inability to maintain social distancing between passengers and the guard when opening the train door.[4]

Services[edit]

There are four southbound and five northbound trains a day from Monday to Friday, four each way on Saturdays and two on Sundays. This is a request stop, whereby passengers have to signal to the driver to board or alight from the train. A normal weekday service operates on most Bank holidays.[5]

All trains serving the station are operated by Transport for Wales.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Bucknell   Transport for Wales
Heart of Wales Line
  Broome

Bus service[edit]

A local bus service (the 740, run by Arriva Midlands) calls near the station, which travels between Ludlow and Knighton and calls at the nearby villages of Bedstone, Clungunford and Leintwardine. Currently 3 buses per day call at Hopton Heath in each direction.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hopton Heath railway station (2013) Archived 7 August 2018 at the Wayback Machine Thompson, Nigel Geograph.org.uk; Retrieved 26 July 2017
  2. ^ Waiting room at Hopton Heath station (2014) Archived 17 June 2018 at the Wayback Machine Winder, John Geograph.org.uk ; Retrieved 26 July 2017
  3. ^ Hopton Heath station facilities National Rail Enquiries
  4. ^ https://tfwrail.wales/covid-19/changes-train-times
  5. ^ Table 129 National Rail timetable, December 2018
  6. ^ Arriva Archived 1 December 2011 at the Wayback Machine 738, 740

Further reading[edit]

  • Organ, John (2008). Mitchell, Vic (ed.). Craven Arms to Llandeilo. West Sussex: Middleton Press. figs. 16-18. ISBN 9781906008352. OCLC 648080889.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 52°23′29″N 2°54′43″W / 52.3915°N 2.912°W / 52.3915; -2.912