Pwllheli railway station
158825 arrives at Pwllheli
|Managed by||Arriva Trains Wales|
|Number of platforms||1|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway|
|Post-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|1909||Moved to current site|
|1977||Signal boxes and 3 of 4 platforms closed|
|National Rail – UK 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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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.
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.
- The Cambrian Coast Express ran via Machynlleth, Shrewsbury and Birmingham to London (Paddington).
- The Welshman ran via Caernarfon and Crewe to London (Euston).
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.
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 As a result, the train service north of Harlech had to be temporarily withdrawn whilst construction work continued and did not resume until the new bridge was ready. 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.
- "Bridge fiasco could close Porthmadog line until 2015" Milner, Chris, Railway Magazine; Retrieved 2014-01-17
- "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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|Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway