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
Local authorityAnglesey
Coordinates53°13′16″N 4°12′32″W / 53.221°N 4.209°W / 53.221; -4.209Coordinates: 53°13′16″N 4°12′32″W / 53.221°N 4.209°W / 53.221; -4.209
Grid referenceSH525715
Station codeLPG
Managed byTransport for Wales
Owned byNetwork Rail
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Decrease 17,564
2014/15Increase 19,000
2015/16Decrease 18,482
2016/17Increase 19,520
2017/18Increase 20,604
National RailUK railway stations
* 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.

Llanfairpwll railway station is a station on the North Wales Coast Line from London Euston to Holyhead, serving the village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Anglesey.


Opened in 1848 it was initially the terminus of the line from Holyhead before the opening of the Britannia Bridge to the mainland in 1850.[1] It suffered a catastrophic fire on 13 November 1865 and had to be completely re-constructed. It was closed in 1966 but reopened in 1970 due to the fire on the Britannia Bridge again 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, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, 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 actual longest railway station name in Wales (indeed the UK) is Rhoose Cardiff International Airport railway station.


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]

During April 2017, the upgrade of the footbridge was completed as part of Network Rail's Railway Upgrade Plan. The footbridge, which is over 100 years old, was temporarily removed earlier in the year, to undergo a £395,000 upgrade, including specialist refurbishment and repairs at the Centregreat Rail workshop in Cardiff.[4]


Trains usually stop (every two hours). These are Transport for 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.[5] There is a limited service (six to Holyhead, seven to Chester and beyond) on Sundays.

The station has very short platforms, only 40 yards (37 m) long.[6] As a result, only one door on the Transport for Wales services is unlocked by the conductor/guard for passengers. The stops are usually by request.

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
Transport for Wales Rail
North Wales Coast Line


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b 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. ^ Bridge Upgrade for Llanfair PG Railways Illustrated issue 173 July 2017 page 14.
  5. ^ Table 81 National Rail timetable, December 2018
  6. ^ Permissible line speeds – London North Western Region (North) Network Rail. Page 104

Further reading[edit]

  • Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (2011). Bangor to Holyhead. West Sussex: Middleton Press. figs. 26-35. ISBN 9781908174017. OCLC 795179106.

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