Llandeilo railway station

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Llandeilo National Rail
Llandeilo Railway Station.jpg
Location
Place Llandeilo
Local authority Carmarthenshire
Coordinates 51°53′06″N 3°59′13″W / 51.885°N 3.987°W / 51.885; -3.987Coordinates: 51°53′06″N 3°59′13″W / 51.885°N 3.987°W / 51.885; -3.987
Grid reference SN633226
Operations
Station code LLL
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 15,342
2012/13 Increase 16,368
2013/14 Decrease 15,786
2014/15 Increase 17,386
2015/16 Increase 17,562
History
Key dates Opened 1852 (1852)
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 Llandeilo from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Llandeilo railway station (formerly "Landilo Junction for the Carmarthen Line") serves the small town of Llandeilo, West Wales. The station is 30¾ miles (50 km) north east of Swansea on the Heart of Wales Line.

The station is located below the eastern side of the town beside the River Tywi. Dinefwr Castle is within walking distance.

The station was built by the Llanelly Railway, who reached the town from the Llanelli direction in 1852. An extension on to Llandovery was constructed by the subsidiary Vale of Towy Railway (opening in 1858), whilst the branch line to Carmarthen followed in 1864/5 and a direct line to Swansea Victoria along the Gower Peninsula in 1866/7. The following year saw the Central Wales Extension Railway reach Llandovery, putting Llandeilo on a through route to Craven Arms but also giving the London and North Western Railway access to the Llanelly company's territory and lines through a new joint lease of the VoTR. The LNWR took full advantage of this and by 1873 had secured full access to & control of the Swansea & Carmarthen routes, leaving the L.R with only half its peak track mileage & in such a poor financial position that it was forced to lease its remaining lines to the Great Western Railway the same year. Thereafter the LNWR became the main passenger operator, with the Great Western running just a few trains between Llanelli & Llandovery.

In its heyday, the station had four platforms serving trains for the Heart of Wales line as well as trains from Carmarthen via the Llandeilo - Abergwili Jcn branch line (closed in 1963). The direct line to Swansea Victoria has also gone and the surviving passenger trains now run via the old Llanelly Railway main line south of Pontarddulais and the West Wales Line to reach Swansea.

The station building has been demolished, and between 2008 & the spring of 2010 had only one platform in use as the passing loop here had been temporarily decommissioned (i.e. locked out of use) due to a lack of spare parts for the (obsolete) point machines. The second (southbound) platform was reinstated in May 2010[1] along with the loop following the replacement of the points at both ends with new electrically worked units (all five loops were treated as part of a renewal programme costing over £4 million).

All trains serving the station are operated by Arriva Trains Wales.

Facilities[edit]

The station is unstaffed (so tickets must be purchased on the train) and has only basic amenities - waiting shelters, timetable poster boards and digital CIS screens on each side, along with a customer help point on platform 2. Access for disabled passengers is limited, due to the barrow crossing linking the platforms and steep access ramps.[2]

Services[edit]

There are four trains a day in each direction southbound to Swansea and northbound to Shrewsbury from Monday to Saturday; a fifth service runs to Llandovery and back to Swansea in the a.m peak (except Saturdays).[3] Two trains each way call on Sundays.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ News From The Heart of Wales - Llandeilo Passing Loop Reopened Heart of Wales Line Forum website; Retrieved 2010-05-20
  2. ^ Llandeilo station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 7 April 2017
  3. ^ GB eNRT 2016-17 Edition, Table 129

Further reading[edit]

  • Organ, John (2008). Mitchell, Vic, ed. Craven Arms to Llandeilo. West Sussex: Middleton Press. figs. 117-120. ISBN 9781906008352. OCLC 648080889. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail Following station
Ffairfach   Arriva Trains Wales
Heart of Wales Line
  Llangadog
Disused railways
Llandilo Bridge
Line and station closed
  London and North Western Railway
Llanelly Railway
  Talley Road
Line open, station closed