Knighton railway station

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Knighton National Rail
Welsh: Trefyclawdd
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Location
Place Knighton
Local authority Shropshire Council
Grid reference SO291723
Operations
Station code KNI
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 25,094
2012/13 Decrease 24,050
2013/14 Decrease 21,930
2014/15 Increase 23,022
2015/16 Decrease 21,626
History
1861 Knighton Railway station opened
1865 Present station opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Knighton from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Knighton railway station serves the market town of Knighton in Powys, Wales, although the station itself is located in Shropshire, England (the border is immediately adjacent to the south side of the station). It lies 32 12 miles (52.3 km) south west of Shrewsbury (by railway line) on the Heart of Wales Line.

The railway station is located below street level at Station Road beside the River Teme and about 12 mile (0.8 km) from the centre of the town. All trains serving the station are operated by Arriva Trains Wales, who also manage the station.

History[edit]

Trains meet at Knighton Station in 1962

The station was built in 1865, although the Knighton Railway route from Craven Arms had reached here four years previously. The present station dates from the opening of the Central Wales Railway to Llandrindod Wells. From here the line begins to climb as it heads west into Wales (on gradients that reach 1 in 60 in places), eventually reaching a summit near Llangynllo some 980 ft (270 m) above sea level.

In 2004 the station was partially refurbished, with visual display units installed to display train departure times, and enhanced disabled access on the northbound platform.

There are two platforms at the station today, although from 1964 until 1990 only a single line and platform (the current southbound one) was used. The 30 miles (48 km) long block section between Craven Arms and Llandrindod Wells was considered to be a capacity bottleneck (even on such a lightly used line) however and following the modernisation of the route signalling in 1986,[1] an additional passing loop was installed here to provide extra capacity, with the disused second platform being refurbished and returned to use by British Rail. The northbound loop (and platform) was out of action for more than two years but was put back into use by Network Rail in September 2010 following the replacement of the old automatic points (which were obsolete) with new electrically-worked ones.

Services[edit]

View from the road; the England-Wales border runs through the car park

There are four trains a day in each direction (to Shrewsbury northbound and Swansea southbound) from Monday to Saturday; a fifth early morning service runs to Llandrindod Wells and then back to Shrewsbury for commuters except on Saturdays; two services each way call on Sundays.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Central Wales Light Railway (Amendment) Order 1990 www.opsi.gov.uk; Retrieved 2009-03-02
  2. ^ GB National Railway Timetable May 2016 Edition, Table 129 (Network Rail)

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Knucklas   Arriva Trains Wales
Heart of Wales Line
  Bucknell

Coordinates: 52°20′42″N 3°02′31″W / 52.345°N 3.042°W / 52.345; -3.042