Roman Bridge railway station

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Roman Bridge National Rail
Welsh: Pont Rufenig
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Roman Bridge station
Location
PlaceLledr Valley
Local authorityConwy
Coordinates53°02′39″N 3°55′17″W / 53.0443°N 3.9214°W / 53.0443; -3.9214Coordinates: 53°02′39″N 3°55′17″W / 53.0443°N 3.9214°W / 53.0443; -3.9214
Grid referenceSH712514
Operations
Station codeRMB
Managed byTransport for Wales
Number of platforms1
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Decrease 764
2014/15Decrease 746
2015/16Decrease 544
2016/17Increase 744
2017/18Increase 942
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Roman Bridge from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Roman Bridge railway station (Welsh: Pont Rufenig) is a request stop passenger station in the Lledr Valley, Wales, on the Conwy Valley Line from Llandudno Junction to Blaenau Ffestiniog, which is operated by Transport for Wales. It is sited 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Blaenau Ffestiniog and is the last station in the Lledr valley before the 2.2 miles (3.5 km) long Ffestiniog tunnel is reached.

Opened in 1879, the station building still stands and is well maintained as a residence - it was offered for sale in 2013 for £450,000 as a private home (with 10 acres of land), after previous use as a holiday cottage.[1][2]

There is no village, and the station, which is useful to walkers and takes its name from a nearby ancient bridge over the River Lledr, is on a minor road from the A470 road leading to scattered hill farms at Blaenau Dolwyddelan. It is unstaffed, but has had digital CIS screens fitted like the other halts on the line. It also has a standard waiting shelter, pay phone and timetable poster board for train running information provision.[3]

The ancient "Roman Bridge" across the upper Afon Lledr

The station nameboards incorrectly display the Welsh station name as Pont Rufenig instead of Pont Rufeinig.[4] Early Baedeker guide books to Great Britain state that there is no explanation for the name, though the Roman road Sarn Helen is known to have passed down the valley on its way from Canovium (in the Conwy Valley) to Tomen y Mur, at Trawsfynydd, and a crossing at this point would seem feasible.

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] Trains have been replaced by buses since March 2019 due to flood damage further to the north caused by Storm Gareth, but the line is scheduled to reopen in July 2019 once repairs to track and infrastructure are complete.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dream home for the commuter: Railway station in Snowdonia converted into £450,000 home" Duell, Mark Mail Online news article 16 May 2013; Retrieved 31 May 2017
  2. ^ "Yours for £450,000 - one of Wales' most remote railway stations" Cresci, Elena Wales Online article 27 April 2013; Retrieved 31 May 2017
  3. ^ Roman Bridge station facilities National Rail Enquiries
  4. ^ Roman Bridge station nameboard (2009) Buck, Jeff Geograph.org.uk; Retrieved 31 May 2017
  5. ^ Table 102 National Rail timetable, May 2019

Further reading[edit]

  • Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (2010). Bala to Llandudno. West Sussex: Middleton Press. figs. 70-71. ISBN 9781906008871. OCLC 668198724.

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Dolwyddelan   Transport for Wales
Conwy Valley Line
  Blaenau Ffestiniog