Llanfairpwll railway station

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Llanfairpwll National Rail
Llanfairpwll railway station from walkway.JPG
A passenger train pulling through the station, as viewed from the footbridge between the two platforms
Location
Place Llanfairpwll
Local authority Anglesey
Grid reference SH525715
Operations
Station code LPG
Managed by Arriva Trains Wales
Owned by Network Rail
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 17,826
2012/13 Increase 17,926
2013/14 Decrease 17,564
2014/15 Increase 19,000
2015/16 Decrease 18,482
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Llanfairpwll from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Llanfairpwll railway station is a station on the North Wales Coast Line from London Euston to Holyhead on Anglesey, serving the village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Wales.

Opened in 1848, it suffered a catastrophic fire on 13 November 1865 and had to be totally re-constructed. It was closed in 1966 but reopened in 1970 due to the fire on the Britannia Bridge as the terminus for trains from Holyhead, with a single wooden platform. It was again closed in January 1973 for four months and reopened with two non-wooden platforms. The station master's house was sold in 1994 to a private company and is now a warehouse shop. The footbridge between the two platforms (the only one on the island) and the signal box remain from the original configuration. However, a turntable, sidings and goods yard have disappeared, the latter two under a car park.[1]

The station is known for its longer name, Llanfairpwllgwyngyll-gogerychwyrndrobwll-llantysilio-gogogoch, but this is a Victorian contrivance for the benefit of tourists[2] with no basis in historical usage. It comprises the full name of the village, plus local topographical details, plus the name of a neighbouring church etc. The hyphens are usually omitted. The actual longest railway station name in Wales (indeed the UK) is Rhoose Cardiff International Airport railway station.

Facilities[edit]

The station is unstaffed and has no ticket provision - these must be bought on the train or prior to travel. Waiting shelters are provided on each platform and train running details offered via timetable posters and digital information screens (as can be seen from the accompanying station photograph). The station is not listed as accessible for mobility-impaired and wheelchair users on the National Rail Enquiries website.[3]

Services[edit]

Although famous for having the longest station name in the UK, trains usually stop (every two hours) only on request. These are Arriva Trains Wales services between Holyhead and Chester via Llandudno Junction and Prestatyn. These continue to Shrewsbury and then either Birmingham International or Cardiff Central, though a limited number run to/from Crewe instead.[4] There is a limited service (five trains each way) on Sundays.

The station has very short platforms, only 40 yards (37 m) long.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Jones, Geraint: Anglesey Railways, pages 27–28. Carreg Gwalch, 2005
  2. ^ See Slater's Directory.
  3. ^ Llanfair P.G station facilities National Rail Enquiries
  4. ^ Table 81 National Rail timetable, December 2016
  5. ^ Permissible line speeds – London North Western Region (North) Network Rail. Page 104

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Coordinates: 53°13′16″N 4°12′32″W / 53.221°N 4.209°W / 53.221; -4.209