Llangefni railway station
|Original company||Anglesey Central Railway|
|7 December 1964||Closed|
|Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom|
|Closed railway stations in Britain
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A temporary terminus station was opened in 1864, approximately a quarter of a mile south of the current station. This station, near Glanhwfa Road, could be opened prior to the completion of bridge and cutting by which the railway travels through Llangefni. Once the portion of the line to Llanerchymedd had passed inspection in January 1866, the permanent station was opened. Little is known of the temporary station, but it may have seen some use as a goods yard after its closure to passengers.
A gated track, presumably for livestock, ran diagonally down the steep hill side opposite the station and below the primary school. The gate was still there in the 1960s, with railway company plate, although the track itself was heavily overgrown.
The two-storey station building was located on the Up (north) side of the track as was the small waggon shed and larger goods yard. The goods yard was used mainly for cattle as Llangefni was (and still is) the island's market town. A platform extension was undertaken in 1887 when the LNWR took over the line.
All stations on the Anglesey Central line closed to passengers in 1964 as part of the Beeching Axe; goods works continued until 1993. The line itself has not been removed but the loop and the sidings have been, the latter being used as a car park. The station buildings themselves are now in private ownership. One of the best places on the island to see the remaining tracks are located in the Dingle (Nant Y Pandy) nature reserve near the station.
Announced in November 2009 the Welsh Assembly Government has asked Network Rail to conduct a feasibility study on reopening the line between Llangefni on Anglesey and Bangor for passenger services. Network Rail assessed the track bed and published its report in 2010, although a business case to reopen the line is yet to be developed.
|Preceding station||Disused railways||Following station|
|Holland Arms||Anglesey Central Railway||Llangwyllog|
- Richards, Melville: Atlas Môn, page 99. Cyngor Gwlad Môn, 1972
- Passengers No More by G.Daniels and L.Dench
- Jones, Geraint: Anglesey Railways, page 67. Carreg Gwalch, 2005
- Rear, W.G: Anglesey Branch Lines, page 37. Foxline, 1994
- The 1883 LNWR working timetable makes reference to 'Llangefni Lime Sidings' prior to Llangefni station, served by two down goods trains. These sidings may have been on the site of the temporary station. British Railway Journal, Winter 1994, page 25. Wild Swan.
- Jones, Geraint: Anglesey Railways, page 98. Carreg Gwalch, 2005
- Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (2011). Bangor to Holyhead. West Sussex: Middleton Press. figs. 88-93. ISBN 9781908174017. OCLC 795179106.