Chirk railway station
Chirk railway station (Welsh: gorsaf y Waun) serves the town of Chirk in the county borough of Wrexham, Wales. Chirk station is on the Shrewsbury to Chester Line 21 miles (34 km) north of Shrewsbury, which is part of the former Great Western Railway mainline route from London Paddington to Birkenhead Woodside. The original 19th-century (grade 2 listed) Chirk / Y Waun station building was demolished in 1987, without consultation, by the local council.
|Managed by||Transport for Wales|
|Classification||DfT category F2|
|Original company||Shrewsbury, Oswestry and Chester Junction Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|12 October 1848||Station opens|
|13 July 1964||Closed to goods|
|1 March 1974||Unstaffed|
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road
Chirk was also the eastern terminus and transfer point for the Glyn Valley Tramway.
According to the Official Handbook of Stations the following classes of traffic were being handled at this station in 1956: G, P, F, L, H, C and there was a 15 cwt crane. At one time there was also a private siding into the Cadbury's factory from where cocoa liquor was sent to the chocolate factory at Bournville.
The railway itself superseded the Llangollen Canal, which runs parallel to the railway through Chirk, for the transportation of coal and other goods.
The station is unstaffed (and has been since 1974) but has a ticket vending machine where passengers my buy or collect pre-booked tickets before boarding. Stone waiting shelters are provided on both platforms, along with a fully accessible ramped footbridge linking them – this was installed in 2015 as part of a £2 million Welsh Assembly-funded station improvement project. Train running information is provided via the CIS displays, automated announcements and timetable posters.
Trains run on two routes operated by Transport for Wales:
- Hourly northbound service to Holyhead via Wrexham General and Chester.
- Hourly southbound service to Shrewsbury then continuing alternately to give a two-hourly service to both Birmingham International via Birmingham New Street and Cardiff Central via Hereford.
Some early morning & late evening trains run only between Shrewsbury and either Wrexham General or Chester only, whilst there is a single late evening service northbound to Manchester Piccadilly on weekdays only. Sundays see a two-hourly service to Chester & Birmingham International with a limited number of services to Holyhead & Cardiff.
To the north of Chirk station on the Up (southbound) side of the line is a private siding into the Kronospan chipboard factory. The siding receives a trainload of softwood from Kingmoor Yard, Cumbria five days a week (Monday to Friday), and additionally, between the months of April and October, up to three trains a week of softwood from Ribblehead, North Yorkshire. Since 2007 these timber trains have been operated to the Chirk Kronospan factory by Colas Rail Ltd.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Gobowen||Transport for Wales
Shrewsbury to Wrexham General Line
|Trehowell Halt||Great Western Railway
Shrewsbury to Chester Line
- 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. p. 60. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
- Clinker, C.R., (1978) Clinker’s Register of Closed Station, Avon Anglia ISBN 0-905466-19-5
- Chirk Station Plas Kynaston Canal Group; Retrieved 13 June 2017
- 1956, Official Handbook of Stations, British Transport Commission
- "Better access for passengers at Chirk station thanks to new footbridge" Network Rail Media Centre article 20 November 2015; Retrieved 13 June 2017
- Chirk station facilities National Rail Enquiries
- GB eNRT December 2018 Edition, Table 75
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