Ruabon railway station
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The station building
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|Number of platforms||2|
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|Key dates||Opened 4 November 1846|
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Ruabon railway station is a combined rail and bus interchange serving Ruabon in Wrexham, Wales. It is the second busiest station in Wrexham in terms of passenger journeys, after the mainline station, Wrexham General. It is on the Shrewsbury to Chester Line, which is part of the former Great Western Railway mainline route from London Paddington to Birkenhead Woodside which lasted until 1967.
Ruabon station was originally larger than at present, with an extensive marshalling yard with a turntable and goods depot accompanying it, and was the terminus of the Ruabon to Barmouth line which ran via Llangollen, Corwen and Dolgellau. This branch line was a victim of the Beeching cuts in the 1960s, closing to passengers in 1965 and completely three years later. The bay platform serving this route can still be seen at the station.
The original station building was Italianate in style and was designed by the architect Thomas Penson and opened on 4 November 1846. However, this was replaced by the current neo-Tudor style stone buildings, designed by Henry Robertson, in 1860. In 1870, refreshment rooms were added between the platforms serving Chester and Barmouth.
Following further cuts in the national railway service, Ruabon station became an unstaffed halt in 1974.
In 2009, it was decided Ruabon station should be refurbished at a cost of £77,000.
Currently, trains run on two routes operated by Arriva Trains Wales:
- 1tph to Wrexham General
- 1tph to Shrewsbury
A two-hourly service operates on Sundays to Chester and Birmingham International, with limited additional services to Cardiff and Holyhead.
Until January 2011 the Wrexham, Shropshire and Marylebone Railway provided regular daily services between Wrexham and London. This service ceased due to a continuing loss being made by the company.
Weekday bus services
- 6 buses per hour to Cefn Mawr (operated by GHA coaches)
- Of which 2 per hour continue to Chirk and Oswestry (Arriva)
- 4 buses and hour to Llangollen (GHA coaches)
- 1 bus per two hours to Barmouth via Llangollen and Corwen (GHA coaches)
- 10 buses an hour to Wrexham Bus Station (GHA coaches)
- Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (2010). Ruabon to Barmouth. West Sussex: Middleton Press. figs. 1-5. ISBN 9781906008840. OCLC 651922152.
- Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (2010). Shrewsbury to Chester. West Sussex: Middleton Press. figs. 55-64. ISBN 9781906008703. OCLC 495274299.