Newtown (Powys) railway station

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Newtown National Rail
Welsh: Y Drenewydd
Newtown (Powys) railway station in 2008.jpg
Location
Place Newtown
Local authority Powys
Coordinates 52°30′44″N 3°18′43″W / 52.51222°N 3.31194°W / 52.51222; -3.31194Coordinates: 52°30′44″N 3°18′43″W / 52.51222°N 3.31194°W / 52.51222; -3.31194
Grid reference SO111913
Operations
Station code NWT
Managed by Arriva Trains Wales
Number of platforms 2
DfT category E
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 126,158
2012/13 Decrease 123,578
2013/14 Increase 123,918
2014/15 Increase 130,306
2015/16 Increase 147,938
History
Original company Oswestry and Newtown Railway
Pre-grouping Cambrian Railways
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
National RailUK railway stations
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Newtown from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Newtown railway station (Welsh: Y Drenewydd) is a railway station serving Newtown in Powys, Wales.

History[edit]

Newtown was the last major station before Moat Lane Junction where the Mid-Wales Railway, to Llanidloes, Rhayader, Builth Road and on to Cardiff (with a branch to Brecon), diverged from the Cambrian Railways main line (today's Cambrian Line) to Machynlleth and Aberystwyth.

The station was the eastern terminus of the Newtown and Machynlleth Railway opened by the Countess of Londonderry at Machynlleth station on 3 January 1863.[1] It was also originally served by the (now mostly defunct) Llanidloes and Newtown Railway (opened in 1859 and initially isolated from the rest of the Welsh railway system) and the Oswestry and Newtown Railway (opened in 1861). All were subsequently subsumed into the Cambrian by 1865.

Facilities[edit]

The station currently has two through platforms, which are used separately for trains in either direction. The station is usually used as one of the passing points for trains on the Cambrian Line as it is a single track. The station has one west facing bay platform/siding which is periodically used as a storage point for Network Rail's Departmental trains.

There is an Arriva Trains Wales appointed "Station Agent" with full ticket issuing facilities. The building also houses a Grill Restaurant (Station Grill) and a computer training centre.

Services[edit]

Trains run from here westwards to Machynlleth and then either Aberystwyth or Pwllheli via Barmouth (most trains convey a portion for both routes) and eastwards to Shrewsbury & Birmingham International. There is a basic two-hourly service each way - on weekdays & Saturdays there are also some additional Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth services during the morning & evenings. On Sundays there is a two-hourly service on the Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth axis, but only a limited service along the coast to/from Pwllheli (three in summer and one in winter).[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Engineering Timelines - Talerddig CuttingEngineering Timelines; Retrieved 6 May 2016
  2. ^ GB eNRT 2015-16 Edition, Table 76 (Network Rail)

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
Arriva Trains Wales
Historical railways
Moat Lane Junction
Line open, station closed
  Cambrian Railways
Oswestry and Newtown Railway
Newtown and Machynlleth Railway
  Abermule
Line open, station closed