Filton Abbey Wood railway station
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|Filton Abbey Wood|
|View south from the footbridge.|
|Local authority||South Gloucestershire|
|Managed by||First Great Western|
|Number of platforms||3|
|Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|1863||Opened as "Filton"|
|1910||Renamed "Filton Junction"|
|1996||Rebuilt and renamed "Filton Abbey Wood"|
|2004||New Platform Added|
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|A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Filton Abbey Wood from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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|Bristol and Gloucester Railway|
Filton Abbey Wood railway station serves the town of Filton in South Gloucestershire, around 4.5 miles north of the city of Bristol. It was opened on 11 March 1996, replacing the original Filton station which stands to the north of the current site.
In the Strategic Rail Authority's 2005/06 financial year, Filton Abbey Wood was ranked as the 647th most-used station in Great Britain, making it one of the busiest unstaffed stations in the country.
There have been three Filton stations on a short stretch of line in this area. The first, on the Bristol to New Passage Pier line opened on 8 September 1863, was just north of the present station; it was resited on 4 October 1886. Services were then diverted to a station further north (on the northern side of the present day A4174 ring road) which was renamed Filton Junction on 1 May 1910. This was renamed as just Filton on 6 May 1968 but it in turn closed when services moved to the present station, about a quarter of a mile south of the actual junction, on 11 March 1996.
The new station was built by the Ministry of Defence to serve its nearby office complex, MoD Abbey Wood. It has a passenger information system, and a temporary building that serves as a limited-hours ticket office, which has only been used sporadically in recent years when First undertake random "spot checks" to ensure all travellers have tickets. A self-service ticket machine is situated adjacent to the ticket office, on platform 1.
In 2004 a third platform was added to provide additional line capacity by having the South Wales and Bristol Parkway routes diverge before the station.
South Gloucestershire Council pays a subsidy to allow half-hourly train services between Filton and Bath.
The line through Filton is due to have a fourth track laid to ease congestion.
The station has a very frequent service to Bristol Temple Meads, with services extending to Portsmouth Harbour, Weston-super-Mare and Taunton. There are daily extensions to Paignton and Plymouth via Exeter St Davids. There are also services through to Keynsham, Oldfield Park, Bath Spa, Westbury, Warminster, Salisbury, Southampton Central, Frome, Castle Cary, Yeovil Pen Mill, Dorchester West and Weymouth, as well as a daily service to Havant, Chichester, Barnham, Worthing, Shoreham-by-Sea, Hove and Brighton.
In the other direction, coming from Bristol, there are two trains per hour to Cardiff Central, one from Taunton, (including an extension from Penzance and Paignton, and one from Portsmouth. There is also a regular service to Bristol Parkway, with services continuing to Gloucester, Cheltenham Spa, Worcester Shrub Hill and Great Malvern.
All services are operated by First Great Western, with the exception of a daily return service operated by CrossCountry from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly via Bristol Temple Meads and Birmingham New Street.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Bristol Temple Meads
|First Great Western
Great Malvern/Gloucester - Westbury/Weymouth
|First Great Western
Bristol Parkway - Weston-Super-Mare
|Bristol Temple Meads||First Great Western
Cardiff Central - Portsmouth Harbour / Brighton
Severn Tunnel Junction
|First Great Western
Cardiff Central - Taunton
Cardiff Central - Manchester Piccadilly
(Mondays to Saturdays only, limited service)
|Bristol Temple Meads|
Platform 1 - Southbound services to Bristol Temple Meads.
Platform 2 - Northbound services to Bristol Parkway, and onwards to the Midlands.
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