Neath railway station

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Neath National Rail
Welsh: Castell-nedd
Castell Nedd - Arriva 153367+143002.JPG
Location
Place Neath
Local authority Neath Port Talbot
Grid reference SS751974
Operations
Station code NTH
Managed by Arriva Trains Wales
Number of platforms 2
DfT category D
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Decrease 0.810 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.806 million
2013/14 Increase 0.820 million
2014/15 Increase 0.835 million
2015/16 Increase 0.837 million
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Neath from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Neath railway station is a mainline railway station, serving Neath, Wales. Operated by Arriva Trains Wales the station is located at street level on Windsor Road, situated back from the street fronting a small car park. It is also accessible via Milland road car park.

History[edit]

A Swansea-bound South Wales Pullman at Neath General in 1967

The surviving Neath railway station is one of four railway stations originally in Neath, and to distinguish it from the others was at one time named Neath General, the suffix being applied before Nationalisation.[1] Neath Canalside served the Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway services until they ended in 1963. Neath Riverside (also at times known as Neath Bridge Street and Neath Low Level), served trains to and from Brecon via the Neath and Brecon Railway, with an additional stop at Neath Abbey. The railway itself remains partly in use, linking Onllwyn and the docks. The remains of the Neath Bridge Street station can be seen by looking down at the railway alongside the river bridge just before Neath railway station in the Swansea direction.

Neath General also acted as the western passenger terminus of the Vale of Neath Railway for most of its life - trains running from here to Pontypool Road via Aberdare and Crumlin High Level via a connecting curve at the west end of the station. These ceased in June 1964 (when the line fell victim to the Beeching Axe) and the link line was lifted, though parts of the old VoNR remains intact (but disused) as far as Resolven and from Aberdare to Hirwaun.[2]

The present station buildings date from 1974, when the old GWR structures dating from 1886/7 were demolished & rebuilt in contemporary style by British Rail.

Facilities[edit]

The station has 2 platforms both accessed through ticket barriers:

The station is fully staffed, with the ticket office open all week (Monday - Friday 05:30 - 18:30, Saturday 07:00 - 18:45, Sunday 09:20 - 16:50). A ticket machine is also provided for use outside booking office hours and for collecting pre-paid tickets. Other amenities provided in the main building on platform 2 include a buffet, waiting room, pay phone and toilets. A waiting room is available on platform 1 and both platforms have CIS displays, automated announcements and timetable poster boards. Step-free access is available to the eastbound platform at all times and to the opposite side via a foot crossing when the station is staffed. [3]

Services[edit]

The station is served by both Great Western Railway main line services between London Paddington and Swansea (hourly each way with peak extras) and Arriva Trains Wales regional trains between Milford Haven/Carmarthen and Manchester Piccadilly via Cardiff, Newport and Shrewsbury (also hourly), plus the two-hourly Swansea to Cardiff stopping trains.[4]

On Sundays the London - Swansea service runs hourly and the Milford Haven/Carmarthen - Manchester trains run every two hours.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Briton Ferry   Arriva Trains Wales
South Wales Main Line
  Skewen
Port Talbot Parkway   Great Western Railway
London Paddington - Carmarthen
  Swansea

References[edit]

  1. ^ Slater, J.N., ed. (July 1974). "Notes and News: Western's last "General"". Railway Magazine. London: IPC Transport Press Ltd. 120 (879): 361. ISSN 0033-8923. 
  2. ^ "Railscot - Vale of Neath Railway"Railscot; Retrieved 25 August 2016
  3. ^ Neath station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 5 April 2017
  4. ^ GB eNRT 2016-17 Edition, Tables 125 & 128

Coordinates: 51°39′43″N 3°48′25″W / 51.662°N 3.807°W / 51.662; -3.807