Johnston railway station

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Johnston National Rail
Johnston (Dyfed) Station - - 1830970.jpg
Johnston railway station in 2004
Place Johnston
Local authority Pembrokeshire
Coordinates 51°45′25″N 4°59′46″W / 51.757°N 4.996°W / 51.757; -4.996Coordinates: 51°45′25″N 4°59′46″W / 51.757°N 4.996°W / 51.757; -4.996
Grid reference SM932106
Station code JOH
Managed by Arriva Trains Wales
Number of platforms 1
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Decrease 6,476
2012/13 Increase 7,216
2013/14 Increase 8,326
2014/15 Increase 8,960
2015/16 Decrease 8,704
Key dates Opened 15 April 1856 (1856-04-15) (15 April 1856 (1856-04-15))
15 April 1856 Opened as Johnston
November 1859 Renamed Milford Road
7 September 1863 Renamed Johnston
18 June 1928 Renamed Johnston (Pembroke)
3 May 1976 Renamed Johnston (Dyfed)
? Renamed Johnston
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Johnston from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Johnston railway station is an unstaffed railway station with a small carpark and shelter for passengers at the village of Johnston in Pembrokeshire, Wales. It opened in 1856 as part of the final section of the South Wales Railway main line from Haverfordwest to Neyland. It has gone by various names and is now operated by Arriva Trains Wales. Train stops are made at the station by request only.

The station served as the junction for trains to Neyland and also the branch line to Milford Haven. Johnston is the penultimate stop on the West Wales Line before Milford Haven.


The station was opened with the final section of the South Wales Railway main line, from Haverfordwest to Neyland, on 15 April 1856.[1][2] Originally named Johnston, it has been renamed several times: to Milford Road in November 1859; to Johnston on 7 September 1863; to Johnston (Pembroke) on 18 June 1928; to Johnston (Dyfed) on 3 May 1976,[2] before finally resuming its original name. The station served as the junction for trains to Neyland and also the branch line to Milford Haven (the main line since the closure of the Neyland route in 1964).

Milford passengers would here make a connection to services eastwards to Haverfordwest and beyond.[3] A station building was situated on the upside, and a waiting shelter on the downside. A pedestrian bridge connected the two platforms. A goods shed survived until the 1930s.[3]

At a short distance north of the station, the line was connected to the railway line serving the anthracite trade at Hook. The route north of here was double track until the late 1980s, with the station signal box controlling access to the private sidings serving the oil refineries at Robeston & Waterston as well as the single line portion through to the terminus at Milford Haven. Both it and the neighbouring box at Haverfordwest were closed in 1988 when the line was re-signalled & singled south of Clarbeston Road (the former southbound platform went out of use as a result, all trains henceforth using the northbound platform).

High speed train services to/from London Paddington ran through Johnston to Milford Haven until the early 1990s, terminating in 1994.[4]

The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by Arriva Trains Wales. Trains stop here by request only. The usual service pattern is one train every two hours in each direction, westwards to Milford Haven railway station and eastwards to Manchester Piccadilly via Carmarthen, Swansea & Cardiff Central.


The station is unstaffed, so tickets must be bought on the train or prior to travel. There is small covered shelter available, along with a customer help point, timetable information boards and a digital CIS display to offer train running details. A free car park is located opposite the platform, with capacity for 8 vehicles.[5]


  1. ^ MacDermot, E.T. (1927). History of the Great Western Railway, vol. I: 1833-1863. Paddington: Great Western Railway. p. 577. 
  2. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. pp. 129, 160. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  3. ^ a b Parker, Richard Neyland: A Great Western Outpost, KRB Publications, 2002. ISBN 0-9542035-3-4
  4. ^ Intercity Magazine Network Map 1993 Retrieved 5 December 2012
  5. ^ "National Rail Enquiries - Johnstone Station". Retrieved 27 June 2012. 

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