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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.

Abergavenny National Rail
Welsh: Y Fenni
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Abergavenny station
Location
Place Abergavenny
Local authority Monmouthshire
Coordinates 51°49′00″N 3°00′32″W / 51.8167°N 3.0088°W / 51.8167; -3.0088Coordinates: 51°49′00″N 3°00′32″W / 51.8167°N 3.0088°W / 51.8167; -3.0088
Grid reference SO305136
Operations
Station code AGV
Managed by Transport for Wales
Number of platforms 2
DfT category D
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2012/13 Increase 0.379 million
2013/14 Increase 0.390 million
2014/15 Increase 0.425 million
2015/16 Increase 0.435 million
2016/17 Decrease 0.426 million
History
2 January 1854 Station opens
19 July 1950 Renamed Abergavenny Monmouth Road
6 May 1968 Renamed Abergavenny
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* 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.
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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.

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HistoryEdit

The station, designed by Charles Liddell, Chief Engineer of the Newport, Abergavenny and Hereford Railway (NA&HR), is in an Italianate architecture style.[1]

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.[2] 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.

Railway townEdit

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

A GWR Castle-class locomotive, number 5013, was named after Abergavenny Castle.

FacilitiesEdit

The station is staffed in the daytime, with the ticket office open seven days per week (Monday - 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.[3]

ServicesEdit

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.[4] 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
or
Cwmbran
  Transport for Wales
Welsh Marches Line
  Hereford
Cwmbran   Transport for Wales
North-South "Premier" service
  Hereford
  Historical railways  
Penpergwm
Line open, station closed
  Great Western Railway
Newport, Abergavenny and Hereford Railway
  Abergavenny Junction
Line open, station closed

ReferencesEdit

  • 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.
  • Jowett, Alan (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas (1st ed.). Penryn, Cornwall: Atlantic Transport Publishers. ISBN 978-0-906899-99-1. OCLC 228266687.
  • Abergavenny station on navigable O.S. map

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Abergavenny railway station". transportheritage.com. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  2. ^ MacDermot, E.T. (1927). History of the Great Western Railway, vol. I: 1833–1863. Paddington: Great Western Railway. pp. 543, 553.
  3. ^ Abergavenny station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 10 April 2017
  4. ^ GB eNRT December 2015 Edition, Table 131