Pontyclun railway station
Pontyclun Railway Station, 2006
|Local authority||Rhondda Cynon Taf|
|Managed by||Arriva Trains Wales|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||South Wales Railway / Cowbridge Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Great Western Railway / Taff Vale Railway|
|Post-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|18 June 1850||SWR station opened as Llantrissant for Cowbridge|
|18 September 1865||Cowbridge Rly station opened as Llantrissant|
|c. 1866||GWR (ex-SWR) station renamed Llantrissant|
|by 1902||both stations renamed Llantrisant|
|21 September 1925||Stations amalgamated|
|2 November 1964||Closed|
|28 September 1992||Reopened as Pontyclun|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Pontyclun from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Pontyclun railway station is an unstaffed, minor railway station in Pontyclun, in the County Borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf, South Wales. The station is at street level, on Station Approach, Pontyclun. It is a stop on the South Wales Main Line, served by trains on the Maesteg Line, and occasionally by the Swanline Cardiff to Swansea regional services, as well as one early-morning daily service to Manchester and a late-night daily service to Carmarthen. The station and all trains are operated by Arriva Trains Wales.
The station was rebuilt and reopened under British Rail as Pontyclun on 28 September 1992. It was previously called Llantrisant station and was originally two separate railway stations that were merged in 1925, those originally belonging to the South Wales Railway and the Cowbridge Railway, whose successors, the Great Western Railway and the Taff Vale Railway respectively, had amalgamated in 1922.
The station became a junction with the opening of the first section of the Ely Valley Railway (EVR) to Tonyrefail on 2 August 1860, although passenger services along that line did not begin until 1 August 1865. The EVR opened a branch to Brofiskin Colliery in 1862, and another railway, the Llantrisant and Taff Vale Junction Railway, which opened in December 1863, intended to use part of that branch to gain access to Llantrisant via a connection at Maesaraul Junction, but in order to do this, the Brofiskin branch had to be altered to mixed gauge - this occurred in December 1864.
The station name was simplified to Llantrissant c. 1866, by which time the SWR had amalgamated with the Great Western Railway (GWR) in 1863. Adjacent to this station was the terminus of the Cowbridge Railway, which opened on 18 September 1865, originally being named Llantrissant. The Cowbridge Railway was leased by the Taff Vale Railway (TVR) in 1876, and absorbed by that concern in 1889. Both the GWR and TVR stations had their names amended to Llantrisant by 1902. The TVR in its turn amalgamated with the GWR on 1 January 1922, and on 21 September 1925 their respective stations were merged as a single station.
Llantrisant was a major intermediate station on the South Wales Main Line. It consisted of two central through platforms and bays for the Ely Valley line, the Llantrisant & Taff Vale Junction line and the branch to Cowbridge and Aberthaw. The station was closed on 2 November 1964. The station was rebuilt and reopened as Pontyclun on 28 September 1992.
Extensive sidings existed around the station for the coal and mineral traffic generated by the mines in the area. At least the line to Cwm Colliery was in regular use until 1984.
Cwm Colliery branch line
A single track railway runs north from Pontyclun station - the remnants of the Llantrisant and Taff Vale Junction Railway. The track turns west at Talbot Green to run roughly parallel to the Afon Clun, alongside the north of the A473, which runs between Pontypridd and Bridgend. At Cross Inn the track turns north east, running south of Llantrisant and north of Caerau Hillfort, an Iron Age enclosure. Originally, it ran to the Cwm Coking Works at Tynant, Beddau, just past the former station Llantwit Fardre, although the track has been dismantled to the east of Cross Inn. The original railway paraphernalia remains intact between Talbot Green and Pontyclun, including the track, signals and bridges with cages above the track to prevent people throwing things (or themselves) onto the trains, tracks or coal wagons. The track remains embedded in the road where it crosses the A473, warning lights are at the roadside and roadsigns warn drivers to stop if they see warning lights flash at the level crossing. A consultative study in 2006 (Sewta Rail Strategy Study) considered the possibility of reopening the Pontyclun to Beddau branch line, as a passenger line rather than just for freight. This would require new stations at Talbot Green, Llantrisant, Gwaun Meisgyn and Beddau (Tynant).
Mondays to Saturdays there is an hourly service eastbound to Cardiff Central, Newport, Chepstow, Lydney, Gloucester and Cheltenham Spa, as well as an early-morning service to Manchester via Cardiff, Newport and the Welsh Marches Line via Hereford, Shrewsbury and Crewe.
On Sundays all services are operated by Class 175 units.
The station has 2 platforms:
Pontyclun station is unstaffed. It has neither ticket gates nor barriers. The station has no ticket office. passengers can purchase tickets from the station platform self-service ticket machine, on board trains or at their destination. Both platforms have shelters. The station car park is free-of-charge to rail users.
A locomotive depot, known as Llantrisant, was situated between the station and Mwyndy Junction, on the eastern side of the curve. It housed around 20 locomotives, and closed in October 1964.
- Butt 1995, p. 188
- Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 147. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
- MacDermot, E.T. (1927). History of the Great Western Railway, vol. I: 1833-1863. Paddington: Great Western Railway. pp. 303, 563, 865.
- MacDermot 1927, p. 861
- MacDermot, E.T. (1931). History of the Great Western Railway, vol. II: 1863-1921. Paddington: Great Western Railway. pp. 82–83, 616. OCLC 55853736.
- MacDermot 1927, p. 862
- Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. London: Guild Publishing. p. 32. CN 8983.
- MacDermot 1931, p. 596
- MacDermot 1927, p. 586
- Awdry 1990, pp. 23–24
- Chapman, C (1996). The Llantrisant Branches of the Taff Vale Railway. The Oakwood Press. ISBN 0-85361-481-4.
- "Sewta Rail Strategy Study" (PDF). Jacobs Consultancy, Sewta Rail Strategy Study. South East Wales Transport Alliance. 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 March 2007. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
- "Pontyclun Station". National Rail. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
- Lyons, E.T. (1974) . An Historical Survey of Great Western Engine Sheds 1947. Headington: Oxford Publishing Co. p. 190. ISBN 0-902888-16-1.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Cardiff Central||Arriva Trains Wales
|Terminus||Great Western Railway
Ely Valley Railway
Line and station closed
|Terminus||Llantrisant and Taff Vale Junction Railway
Line and station closed
|Terminus||Taff Vale Railway
Line and station closed
Line open, station closed
|Great Western Railway
South Wales Main Line
Line and station open