North Llanrwst railway station

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North Llanrwst National Rail
Welsh: Gogledd Llanrwst
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North Llanrwst station platforms - Class 153 Sprinter DMU leaving for Blaenau Ffestiniog
Location
PlaceLlanrwst
Local authorityConwy
Coordinates53°08′38″N 3°48′11″W / 53.144°N 3.803°W / 53.144; -3.803Coordinates: 53°08′38″N 3°48′11″W / 53.144°N 3.803°W / 53.144; -3.803
Grid referenceSH795622
Operations
Station codeNLR
Managed byTransport for Wales
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 2,204
2014/15Decrease 1,962
2015/16Decrease 1,220
2016/17Increase 1,582
2017/18Increase 1,942
History
Original companyConway and Llanrwst Railway
Pre-groupingLondon and North Western Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
17 June 1863Station opened as Llanrwst
6 April 1868Station resited
April 1884Renamed Llanrwst and Trefriw
6 May 1974Renamed Llanrwst
29 July 1989Renamed Llanrwst North
December 2004[1]Renamed North Llanrwst
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 North Llanrwst from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

North Llanrwst railway station (Welsh: Gogledd Llanrwst) is the only train passing station on the Conwy Valley Line between Llandudno Junction and Blaenau Ffestiniog in Wales. The station has had several previous names, including Llanrwst and Trefriw, Llanrwst and Llanrwst North. This station is also a request stop.

History[edit]

The station and its goods yard were opened on 17 June 1863 as the Llanrwst terminus of the Conway and Llanrwst Railway[2] that was taken over by the London and North Western Railway (LNWR) in 1867 and extended to Betws-y-Coed in 1869. To accommodate the southward extension, the station was resited on 6 April 1868. This station was renamed Llanrwst and Trefriw in April 1884,[2] reverting to its original name Llanrwst during the British Railways era, on 6 May 1974.[2][3] The grade-II station buildings are largely intact, though mostly disused, and there is a working signal box north of the station at which trains must stop to exchange tokens. The extensive station yard is now used for light industry.

The platforms heights here are low and wooden boarding steps were provided on both platforms for many years - Easy Access ramps have now been fitted to improve accessibility on each side. Shelters are provided on both platforms, along with digital CIS displays a pay phone and timetable posters to offer train running information. The platforms are linked via a barrow crossing, so mobility-impaired and wheelchair users are advised not to use this without assistance.[4]

The Gower footbridge and path linking North Llanrwst station with Trefriw

The village of Trefriw (noted for its spa, first used by the Romans), is still served by the station by way of the Gower suspension footbridge over the River Conwy, a rural walk of about one mile.

Llanrwst has a second railway station, located more centrally in the town, and this was opened on 29 July 1989; to allow the new station to take the name Llanrwst, this station was renamed Llanrwst North on the same day;[2] it has since been amended to North Llanrwst.

Services[edit]

Five southbound and six northbound trains call on request Mon-Sat (approximately every three hours), with three trains each way on Sundays between May and early September.[5] As of March 2019 however, services were suspended and replaced by buses due to major flood damage to the track and formation at multiple locations on the line caused by Storm Gareth on 16 March 2019. Repairs took several months to complete.[6] Services resumed on 18 July 2019, ahead of the 2019 National Eisteddfod which is being staged in Llanwrst.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Dolgarrog   Transport for Wales
Conwy Valley Line
  Llanrwst

References[edit]

  1. ^ "North Llanrwst Rail Station". Cylex UK.
  2. ^ a b c d Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 146. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  3. ^ Slater, J.N., ed. (July 1974). "Notes and News: Stations renamed by LMR". Railway Magazine. London: IPC Transport Press Ltd. 120 (879): 363. ISSN 0033-8923.
  4. ^ North Llanrwst station facilities National Rail Enquiries
  5. ^ Table 102 National Rail timetable, May 2019
  6. ^ Flood damaged Conwy Valley line could be closed for months itv.com news article 25 March 2019; Retrieved 26 March 2019

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