Maliphant sidings, Swansea

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Coordinates: 51°37′49″N 3°56′13″W / 51.63037°N 3.93707°W / 51.63037; -3.93707

The new InterCity Electric train depot at Maliphant, looking towards Swansea railway station

Maliphant sidings were railway sidings north of Swansea railway station in Wales, UK. In 2012 the sidings were identified as the future site of a maintenance depot for trains of the Intercity Express Programme.


Maliphant Street and Maliphant Sidings,from an Ordnance Survey map of 1884.Swansea (High Street) station is to the south of the mapped area.

Swansea (High Street) railway station was built in 1850 for the South Wales Railway, which was absorbed into the Great Western Railway in 1863.[1] Sidings were constructed north of the station on the east side of the main line railway out of High Street station, opposite a goods station on the west side; Maliphant Street passed beneath the main line of the railway north of the goods station.[2]

The original facilities included a workshop, turntable, and carriage shed.[2] By the 20th century the turntable and workshops had been removed and the site had been converted into extensive linear sidings, the sidings remained in that form for the next 100 years, with some changes to layout.[3]

Maliphant service depot[edit]

In 2012 it was announced that the sidings were to be the site of a new service depot for Intercity Express Programme (IEP) trains operating on the Great Western Main Line, with construction due to start in 2015.[4] Modifications of the original plans were submitted in 2013;[5] changes to the plans included expansion of some buildings, but they did not expand the scale of work expected to be carried out at the site.[6]

The depot was completed in 2016 and became operational in 2017, employing 80 people.[7] It will include an inspection building as well as train-washing and fuelling facilities.[8]


  1. ^ Biddle, Gordon; Simmons, Jack, eds. (1997), "Swansea", The Oxford Companion to British Railway History, Oxford University Press, pp. 489–490, ISBN 0198662386
  2. ^ a b Ordnance Survey, 1879, 1:500
  3. ^ Ordnance survey, 1:2500; 1899, 1919, 1951-7. 1:10560/1:1:10000; 1921, 1938, 1964, 1972-1995
  4. ^ Welsh Secretary: "Rail improvements will create a strong and modern UK rail network", Welsh Office, 28 January 2013
  5. ^ "Depot plans amended",, 6 August 2013
  6. ^ Application number 2013/1069, City and Council of Swansea, 2013, (Environmental Constraints Addendum): The layout design and overall appearance of the revised proposals are in keeping with the [..] original approval, .. moderate building expansions and adjustments [are] required to facilitate operational requirements rather than increase the capacity ..
  7. ^ "New train depot will create 100 jobs at railway station",, 26 July 2012
  8. ^ Application number 2001/1305, City and Council of Swansea, 2011

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