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.[3]

Chirk

Welsh: Y Waun
National Rail
Chirk railway station (geograph 4957354).jpg
LocationChirk, Wrexham
Wales
Coordinates52°55′59″N 3°03′58″W / 52.933°N 3.066°W / 52.933; -3.066Coordinates: 52°55′59″N 3°03′58″W / 52.933°N 3.066°W / 52.933; -3.066
Grid referenceSJ284378
Managed byTransport for Wales
Line(s)Shrewsbury–Chester
Platforms2
Other information
Station codeCRK
ClassificationDfT category F2
History
Original companyShrewsbury, Oswestry and Chester Junction Railway
Pre-groupingGreat Western Railway
Key dates
12 October 1848Station opens[1]
13 July 1964Closed to goods
1 March 1974Unstaffed[2]
Passengers
2015/16Decrease 68,444
2016/17Increase 71,844
2017/18Increase 75,524
2018/19Increase 77,106
2019/20Increase 78,030
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Chirk was also the eastern terminus and transfer point for the Glyn Valley Tramway.

Historical servicesEdit

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.[4] 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The railway itself superseded the Llangollen Canal, which runs parallel to the railway through Chirk, for the transportation of coal and other goods.

FacilitiesEdit

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.[5] Train running information is provided via the CIS displays, automated announcements and timetable posters.[6]

Current servicesEdit

Passenger

Trains run on two routes operated by Transport for Wales:

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.[7]

Freight

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
  Ruabon
  Historical railways  
Trehowell Halt   Great Western Railway
Shrewsbury to Chester Line
  Whitehurst Halt

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Clinker, C.R., (1978) Clinker’s Register of Closed Station, Avon Anglia ISBN 0-905466-19-5
  3. ^ Chirk Station Plas Kynaston Canal Group; Retrieved 13 June 2017
  4. ^ 1956, Official Handbook of Stations, British Transport Commission
  5. ^ "Better access for passengers at Chirk station thanks to new footbridge" Network Rail Media Centre article 20 November 2015; Retrieved 13 June 2017
  6. ^ Chirk station facilities National Rail Enquiries
  7. ^ GB eNRT December 2018 Edition, Table 75

Further readingEdit

External linksEdit