Kidwelly railway station

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Kidwelly National Rail
Welsh: Cydweli
Kidwelly railway station viewed from platform 2 - geograph.org.uk - 3394748.jpg
Location
Place Kidwelly
Local authority Carmarthenshire
Grid reference SN401064
Operations
Station code KWL
Managed by Arriva Trains Wales
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 23,552
2012/13 Increase 25,270
2013/14 Increase 26,794
2014/15 Increase 31,040
2015/16 Decrease 30,644
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Kidwelly from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Kidwelly railway station serves the town of Kidwelly (Welsh: Cydweli), Carmarthenshire, Wales. The station is situated on the coast just southwest of Kidwelly itself. The station was once the junction for a branch of the Burry Port and Gwendraeth Valley Railway which ran via Ty Coch to Trimsaran Road.[1] This connection was re-used between 1984 and 1996 for coal traffic to/from the washery at Coedbach following the closure of the flood-prone BP&GVR main line to Burry Port in 1983. Nothing remains today to show the industrial heritage of the railway here, as the branch has been dismantled.

The station is unmanned and is a request stop.

At the east end of the station is a signal box with an adjacent level crossing where the road from Kidwelly to the old quay crosses the railway line. The west end of the station ends with a bridge over the river. A World War II pillbox remains intact just before the bridge.

On 20 June 1957 a RAF Hawker Hunter crashed 200 yards east of station with the death of the pilot.[2]

Services[edit]

There is a two-hourly service from the station for most of the day (Mon-Sat), improving to hourly during the morning & evening peak periods. Stops are provided by both the West Wales/Carmarthen to Manchester Piccadilly and Pembroke Dock to Swansea trains (peak periods & evenings only), though the daily Carmarthen to London Paddington service also calls eastbound (except Saturdays). A similar service is provided on Sundays, but starting later in the day.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Burry Port & Gwendraeth Valley Light Railway The Colonel Stephens Society article; Retrieved 29 June 2016
  2. ^ http://www.dyfedarchaeology.org.uk/projects/crashsites2012-13.pdf
  3. ^ Table 128 National Rail timetable, May 2016

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Pembrey and Burry Port   Arriva Trains Wales
West Wales Line
  Ferryside

Coordinates: 51°44′02″N 4°19′01″W / 51.734°N 4.317°W / 51.734; -4.317