Llandovery railway station

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Llandovery National Rail
Welsh: Llanymddyfri
Llandovery Railway Station.jpg
Location
Place Llandovery
Local authority Carmarthenshire
Grid reference SN763345
Operations
Station code LLV
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 20,100
2012/13 Decrease 17,628
2013/14 Decrease 16,964
2014/15 Increase 18,890
2015/16 Decrease 17,024
History
Key dates Opened 1858 (1858)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Llandovery from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Llandovery railway station serves the market town of Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, Wales. The station is on the Heart of Wales Line 42 miles (68 km) north east of Swansea and is located at Tywi Avenue.

It was opened by the independent Vale of Towy Railway company in 1858 as the terminus of a branch from Llandeilo, although the VoTR was soon leased by the Llanelly Railway (which had built the route northwards from Llanelli in stages between 1833 and 1852[1]). The Llanelly company in turn soon became part of the GWR. The LNWR's Central Wales Extension Railway arrived from the north a decade later to complete the through route between Craven Arms and Swansea, with the LNWR and GWR taking joint control of the Llandovery to Llandeilo section.

The station sits at the bottom of an 8 12 miles (13.7 km) descent from the line's southern summit at Sugar Loaf tunnel and until August 1964, a locomotive shed was in operation here to house the engines used for assisting northbound trains (the ruling gradient on this section being 1 in 60).[2][3]

All trains serving the station are operated by Arriva Trains Wales, who also manage it.

There is a passing loop and level crossing (of the A40 road) at the station, but the signal box that formerly operated them was closed in 1986. The token instruments for the single line and crossing barriers are both operated by the train crew under the supervision of the signaller at Pantyffynnon. The loop had been temporarily decommissioned between 2008 & 2010, but is in use again after the automatic point machines were renewed in June 2010.

Refurbished station buildings were opened by Prince Charles in June 2011, some 19 years after they were closed.[4]

Facilities[edit]

The station is unstaffed and has no ticket machine, so all tickets need to be purchased prior to travel or on board the train. There are shelters, CIS screens and customer help points on each platform, whilst a local volunteer group runs a cafe and gallery in the main station building. Step-free access is provided to both platforms.[5]

Services[edit]

There are four trains a day northbound to Shrewsbury from Monday to Saturday and five southbound to Swansea (the first southbound departure doesn't run on Saturdays); two services each way call on Sundays.[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Body, p.104-5
  2. ^ Llandovery - 87KRail UK; Retrieved 7 July 2016
  3. ^ "Heart of Wales Travel Guide" Doughty, Audrey, Llandeilo Past & Present; Retrieved 7 July 2016
  4. ^ "Charles and Camilla open Llandovery railway station". BBC News website. BBC. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  5. ^ Llandovery station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 7 April 2017
  6. ^ GB eNRT 2016-17 Edition, Table 129

References[edit]

  • Body, G. (1983), PSL Field Guides - Railways of the Western Region, Patrick Stephens Ltd, Wellingborough, ISBN 0-85059-546-0

Further reading[edit]

  • Organ, John (2008). Mitchell, Vic, ed. Craven Arms to Llandeilo. West Sussex: Middleton Press. figs. 100-110. ISBN 9781906008352. OCLC 648080889. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail Following station
Llanwrda   Arriva Trains Wales
Heart of Wales Line
  Cynghordy

Coordinates: 51°59′42″N 3°48′11″W / 51.995°N 3.803°W / 51.995; -3.803