Porthmadog railway station

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This article describes a main line railway station. For the narrow gauge station, see Porthmadog Harbour railway station.
Porthmadog National Rail
Porthmadog railway station MMB 01 158833.jpg
Place Porthmadog
Local authority Gwynedd
Coordinates 52°55′52″N 4°08′02″W / 52.931°N 4.134°W / 52.931; -4.134Coordinates: 52°55′52″N 4°08′02″W / 52.931°N 4.134°W / 52.931; -4.134
Grid reference SH565391
Station code PTM
Managed by Arriva Trains Wales
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 44,630
2005/06 Decrease 39,568
2006/07 Increase 53,752
2007/08 Increase 58,290
2008/09 Increase 68,518
2009/10 Increase 73,976
2010/11 Increase 75,690
2011/12 Increase 80,912
2012/13 Decrease 76,428
2013/14 Decrease 53,040
2014/15 Increase 55,892
Original company Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway
Pre-grouping Cambrian Railways
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Porthmadog from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Porthmadog railway station serves the town of Porthmadog on the Llŷn Peninsula in Gwynedd, Wales. This railway station is on the Cambrian Coast Railway with passenger services to Pwllheli, Harlech, Barmouth, Machynlleth, Shrewsbury and Birmingham.


Considering the size of the town, Porthmadog has, and has had, a number of stations, all containing either "Porthmadog", or the earlier original "Portmadoc" in their name.

  • 1) This station, opened by the Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway when built in 1867.
  • 2) The Festiniog Railway's Porthmadog Harbour railway station, originally only a shunting yard, but from 1865, offices and station.
  • 3) The Welsh Highland Railway Ltd's Porthmadog (WHHR), which although located on High Street, is also known as Tremadog Road. From the 2011 season, there is an additional platform here, accommodating the 7¼" miniature railway.[1]

Additionally there were two interim stations either side of, what is now, the Network Rail / Welsh Highland Railway Cae Pawb crossing. These were referred to as:

  • 4) Portmadoc (New) (1923) to the south of the crossing.
  • 5) Portmadoc (New) (1929) to the north of the crossing.

with station (2) taking the title Portmadoc Old during the period these existed.[2]


Until the line between Bangor and Afonwen was closed during the 1960s there was a through service in the summer to and from London Euston via Crewe, Chester, Llandudno Junction and Caernarvon; the Pwllheli portion was detached at Afonwen and the forward coaches proceeded to Portmadoc (the spellings are those used at the time). There was also a summer service between London Paddington and Pwllheli, via Birmingham Snow Hill, Shrewsbury and Machynlleth.

Nowadays trains call at Porthmadog roughly once every two hours Monday - Saturday, with there being a solitary train stopping in each direction on Sundays during the winter and two additional services each way in the summer (May - mid-September). During the daytime, trains run through to/from Shrewsbury and Birmingham International (joining or splitting from a portion to/from Aberystwyth), but in the evening they start/terminate at Machynlleth.[3]

From November 2013 until September 2014, main line services were suspended due to structural problems with the Pont Briwet viaduct near Llandecwyn.[4] Network Rail and Gwynedd County Council were carrying out work to build a £20 million replacement for the current bridge a few metres downstream, but in doing so had caused the old one to sink and thus made it unsafe for both rail & road traffic. A replacement bus service operated during the railway's closure.

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
Arriva Trains Wales
Historical railways
Line and station open
  Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway
Cambrian Railways
  Black Rock Halt
Line open; station closed
Heritage Railways  Heritage railways
Connection with Porthmadog (WHHR) on the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway
Connection with Porthmadog Harbour on the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway


  1. ^ Miniature Railway terminus
  2. ^ Boyd, James I.C. (1975) [1959]. The Festiniog Railway 1800 - 1974; Vol. 1 - History and Route. Blandford: The Oakwood Press. ISBN 0-8536-1167-X. OCLC 2074549. 
  3. ^ GB eNRT 2015-16 Edition, Table 74
  4. ^ Bridge fiasco could close Porthmadog line until 2015 Milner, Chris Railway Magazine 1-01-2014; Retrieved 2013-01-17


  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199. 
  • Jowett, Alan (March 1989). Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0086-1. OCLC 22311137. 

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