Valley railway station

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Valley National Rail
Welsh: Y Fali
Valley Railway Station 2009.jpg
Location
Place Valley
Local authority Anglesey
Coordinates 53°16′52″N 4°33′47″W / 53.281°N 4.563°W / 53.281; -4.563Coordinates: 53°16′52″N 4°33′47″W / 53.281°N 4.563°W / 53.281; -4.563
Grid reference SH291791
Operations
Station code VAL
Managed by Arriva Trains Wales
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2012/13 Increase 17,968
2013/14 Increase 18,236
2014/15 Decrease 16,660
2015/16 Decrease 16,006
2016/17 Decrease 15,062
History
October 1849 Station opened
14 February 1966 Station closed
15 March 1982 Station reopened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Valley from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Valley railway station (Welsh: Gorsaf reilffordd y Fali) is a railway station that serves the village of Valley in Anglesey, Wales. It is the last station before the western terminus of the North Wales Coast Line at Holyhead. It also serves the nearby RAF base and Anglesey Airport.

History[edit]

Opened in 1849, there was a small goods yard for livestock and a siding for a nearby corn mill. Improvements during the 19th century included extension to the station buildings in 1870 and lengthening of the platforms in 1889. In 1962 transfer sidings were put in place near the station used for the dispatch by rail of spent fuel from the Wylfa nuclear power station and in 1989 sidings for turning steam locomotives were put in place.[1]

The station was one of many small ones on the line closed in February 1966 as a result of the Beeching Axe, but it reopened to passenger trains in March 1982 after a sustained lobbying campaign by local residents.[2] The westbound platform and waiting room were both demolished after the initial closure, but replacements were constructed prior to reopening; the main buildings on the eastbound side survived during the closure period (along with the platform they stood on) and remain intact to this day.[3] The station signal box remains in use to supervise the B4545 level crossing here in addition to the aforementioned sidings.

Facilities[edit]

The station is unstaffed (like all those between Bangor and Holyhead) and has no ticket machine, so all tickets have to be purchased prior to travel or on the train. Train running information is offered via a telephone, digital CIS displays and timetable posters. Step-free access is provided to both sides via the level crossing.[4]

Services[edit]

There is a two-hourly weekday service in each direction from the station, with a few additional morning and evening departures. Most eastbound trains run to Wrexham General, Shrewsbury and Birmingham International, although a small number run to either Crewe or Cardiff.[5]

The Sunday service is limited (six to Holyhead, seven toward Chester) and runs mainly to/from Crewe with one service to Wrexham and Cardiff.

Trains only stop here on request.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Jones, Geraint: Anglesey Railways, page 51. Carreg Gwalch, 2005
  2. ^ Disused Stations - Valley Disused Stations Site Record; Retrieved 30 May 2017
  3. ^ Valley railway station, Anglesey (2010) Wilson, L.S Geograph.org.uk; Retrieved 30 May 2017
  4. ^ Valley station facilities National Rail Enquiries
  5. ^ Table 81 National Rail timetable, May 2017 (Network Rail)

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