Pwllheli railway station

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Pwllheli National Rail
Pwllheli railway station MMB 02 158825.jpg
158825 arrives at Pwllheli
Place Pwllheli
Local authority Gwynedd
Coordinates 52°53′17″N 4°25′01″W / 52.888°N 4.417°W / 52.888; -4.417Coordinates: 52°53′17″N 4°25′01″W / 52.888°N 4.417°W / 52.888; -4.417
Grid reference SH375350
Station code PWL
Managed by Arriva Trains Wales
Number of platforms 1
DfT category E
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2006/07 Increase 62,513
2007/08 Decrease 60,465
2008/09 Increase 69,058
2009/10 Increase 71,756
2010/11 Decrease 68,198
2011/12 Decrease 62,590
2012/13 Decrease 44,520
2013/14 Decrease 30,652
Original company Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway
Pre-grouping Cambrian Railways
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
1869 Opened
1909 Moved to current site
1977 Signal boxes and 3 of 4 platforms closed
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Pwllheli from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Pwllheli railway station is a railway station serving the small coastal town of Pwllheli on the Llŷn Peninsula in Gwynedd, Wales. It is the terminus of the Cambrian Coast Railway.


The original station was built in 1869 by the Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway, one of the constituent companies of the Cambrian Railways.

Following land reclamation, the railway was extended west, closer to the town centre, and a new station was opened on the current site in 1909. This station had two platforms and a small loading dock, a layout which survived until rationalisation in 1977.[1]

A goods yard was developed on the site of the original station. The site also included a turntable which is now in the possession of the West Somerset Railway.

The Great Western Railway (GWR) doubled the line between Pwllheli station and the goods yard in order to increase capacity, but the signals were removed in 1977 and the double track section now forms a long run-round loop for visiting charter trains.

Prior to the closure of the Afon Wen to Caernarfon Line in 1964, there were two named express services daily during the summer between Pwllheli and London:

On 12 September 1977, both signal boxes at the station were closed. One side of the island platform was abandoned and the track was lifted shortly afterwards. The platform canopy, constructed by the GWR, survived intact until early in 1980, although the concourse remains covered today. By 1987 a supermarket had been developed on the redundant land.


The station currently has one platform, a siding and a loop.


Services are operated by Arriva Trains Wales and depart from Pwllheli for Machynlleth, Shrewsbury or Birmingham. Occasional charter services also terminate at the station.

Since November 2013, services from the station were suspended due to structural problems with the 1867 Grade II-listed wooden viaduct at Pont Briwet near Llandecwyn, which is due for replacement by a new structure in 2015. Network Rail had intended to build the new bridge alongside the current one whilst keeping the latter open, but work to drive steel piles into the riverbed to support the new viaduct has caused the old one to shift and made it unsafe. As a result, the train service north of Harlech had to be temporarily withdrawn whilst construction work continued and did not resume until the new bridge was ready.[1] Meanwhile, a replacement bus service ran over the 22 mile (35 km) section to Harlech. The line eventually reopened on 1 September 2014 when construction work on the rail portion of the new bridge was completed.[2]


  1. ^ "Bridge fiasco could close Porthmadog line until 2015" Milner, Chris, Railway Magazine; Retrieved 2014-01-17
  2. ^ "New Pont Briwet rail bridge over Dwyryd estuary opens" BBC News article; Retrieved 2014-09-08


  • 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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