Merthyr Vale railway station

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Merthyr Vale National Rail
Welsh: Ynysowen
Merthyr Vale railway station.jpg
Location
Place Merthyr Vale
Local authority Merthyr Tydfil
Coordinates 51°41′12″N 3°20′13″W / 51.6866°N 3.3370°W / 51.6866; -3.3370Coordinates: 51°41′12″N 3°20′13″W / 51.6866°N 3.3370°W / 51.6866; -3.3370
Grid reference ST076995
Operations
Station code MEV
Managed by Arriva Trains Wales
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 41,676
2012/13 Increase 46,934
2013/14 Increase 61,584
2014/15 Increase 62,830
2015/16 Increase 63,304
History
1 June 1883 Opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Merthyr Vale from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Merthyr Vale railway station is a railway station serving the villages of Merthyr Vale and Aberfan in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales. It is located on the Merthyr branch of the Merthyr Line. Passenger services are provided by Arriva Trains Wales.

Since 2008 the station has had a passing loop installed. This allowed a half-hourly service to be introduced on the branch from the May 2009 timetable change.[1] Previously (up until 1991) a loop had existed at Black Lion Crossing, a short distance to the south,[2] which also controlled the siding connections into Merthyr Vale Colliery.[3]

The station was first opened by the Taff Vale Railway in 1883.[4] It is briefly shown in Richard Fleischer's 1971 film 10 Rillington Place, starring Richard Attenborough and John Hurt. When Timothy Evans (Hurt) returns to Wales, he is seen walking from the station.

Services[edit]

As noted, the station has a basic half-hourly service in each direction (Mon-Sat), northbound to Merthyr Tydfil and southbound to Pontypridd, Radyr, Cardiff Central and Barry. Trains then continue alternately to Barry Island and Bridgend via the Vale of Glamorgan Line. On Sunday, there is a two-hourly service each way to Merthyr & Bridgend.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ New half-hourly train service due to startWales Online; Retrieved 2009-05-14
  2. ^ Signalling Record Society – Black LionSignalling Record Society; Retrieved 2013-10-16
  3. ^ Merthyr Tydfil's Railways www.alangeorge.co.uk; Retrieved 2013-10-16
  4. ^ Hutton, John (2006). The Taff Vale Railway, vol. 1. Silver Link. ISBN 978-1-85794-249-1. 
  5. ^ GB eNRT 2015-16 Edition, Table 130 (Network Rail)

External links[edit]

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