Abergavenny railway station
Abergavenny railway station (Welsh: Y Fenni) is situated southeast of the town centre of Abergavenny, Wales. It is part of the British railway system owned by Network Rail and is operated by Transport for Wales. It lies on the Welsh Marches Line from Newport to Hereford.
|Welsh: Y Fenni|
Abergavenny station (April 2019)
|Managed by||Transport for Wales|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|2 January 1854||Station opens|
|19 July 1950||Renamed Abergavenny Monmouth Road|
|6 May 1968||Renamed Abergavenny|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Abergavenny from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
Abergavenny lies at the eastern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park and provides an access point to local services and public transport into the park. The station is Grade II listed and was designed by Charles Liddell in an Italianate architectural style when he was Chief Engineer of the Newport, Abergavenny and Hereford Railway.
The NA&HR amalgamated with other railways in 1860 to form the West Midland Railway, which itself amalgamated with the Great Western Railway in 1863. The line then passed on to the Western Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948. In 1950, the station was renamed Abergavenny Monmouth Road, but reverted to its simple name in 1968. When sectorisation was introduced, the station was served by Regional Railways until the privatisation of British Railways.
A branch line to Brynmawr was opened in 1862 starting at Abergavenny Junction station north of the current station, constructed by the Merthyr, Tredegar and Abergavenny Railway (MT&AR). The line also had a station in the town called Abergavenny Brecon Road, making three stations in all. This company was acquired by the London and North Western Railway in 1866. In 1958 the MT&AR passenger trains ceased and Abergavenny Junction was closed.
GWR Locomotive 'Abergavenny Castle'Edit
The station is staffed in the daytime, with the ticket office open seven days per week (Monday to Friday: 05:45 – 18:45, Saturday: 05:45 – 18:45, Sunday: 12:00 – 18:30). It has disabled access to platforms, a cafeteria and toilets, plus large waiting rooms on both platforms. Train running information is provided via automated announcements, digital CIS displays and timetable posters, along with an customer help point on platform 1. Step-free access is available on the northbound platform at all times, but to the southbound one only when the ticket office is manned (as this requires the use of a barrow crossing with locked gates). There is also a footbridge linking the two platforms.
The footbridge was temporarily replaced whilst Network Rail took down and restored the original footbridge between December 2018 and July 2019. The bridge was restored at a specialist company in Cardiff. Works involved adding anti-slip material to the deck and refurbishing the trestle support columns and staircases. Future works include providing the station with step-free access throughout as part of the Department of Transport Access for All fund, which will be match-funded by Transport for Wales.
With a few exceptions, the weekday daytime service pattern typically sees one train per hour in each direction between Manchester Piccadilly and Cardiff Central, with most trains continuing beyond Cardiff to Swansea and West Wales. There is also a two-hourly service between Cardiff and the North Wales Coast Line to Holyhead via Wrexham General. These services are all operated by Transport for Wales. The northbound Premier service from Cardiff to Holyhead calls here on Monday to Fridays but the southbound service does not call here.
Two trains per day in the early morning on weekdays to London Paddington, via Hereford and the Cotswold Line, commenced operation in December 2007. However, they were short lived, being withdrawn in December 2008; they were deemed pointless as changing at Newport was quicker. These services were operated by First Great Western.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Pontypool and New Inn
|Transport for Wales
Welsh Marches Line
|Cwmbran||Transport for Wales
North-South "Premier" service
Line open, station closed
|Great Western Railway
Newport, Abergavenny and Hereford Railway
Line open, station closed
- "Abergavenny railway station". transportheritage.com. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
- MacDermot, E.T. (1927). History of the Great Western Railway, vol. I: 1833–1863. Paddington: Great Western Railway. pp. 543, 553.
- Abergavenny station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 10 April 2017
- GB eNRT December 2015 Edition, Table 131
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Abergavenny railway station.|
- Train times and station information for Abergavenny railway station from National Rail
- 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 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
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