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Hawarden Bridge railway station (Welsh: Pont Penarlâg) is a railway station near Shotton, Flintshire, Wales. It is situated on the Borderlands Line 13 miles (21 km) north of Wrexham Central, on the north side of Hawarden Bridge over the River Dee. The station and all trains serving it are operated by Transport for Wales.

Hawarden Bridge National Rail
Both platforms, Hawarden Bridge railway station (geograph 4032385).jpg
Location
PlaceShotton
Local authorityFlintshire
Grid referenceSJ311695
Operations
Station codeHWB
Managed byTransport for Wales
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Decrease 4,088
2014/15Increase 4,872
2015/16Increase 5,060
2016/17Decrease 4,336
2017/18Decrease 3,296
History
22 September 1924Opened as Hawarden Bridge Halt
1954Renamed as Hawarden Bridge
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Hawarden Bridge from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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HistoryEdit

The station was opened by the LNER on 22 September 1924 as Hawarden Bridge Halt, adjacent to the John Summers steelworks.[1][2] The station was renamed as Hawarden Bridge in 1954 when it was upgraded.[2][3]

The station was considerably busier in times past, being the nearest to the triangular junction with the former line to Chester Northgate and Mickle Trafford as well as the steel plant. The Chester line closed to passengers in September 1968, but remained open for freight until June 1992 (it is now a footpath and cycleway) whilst the shutdown of much of the works in 1980 (with the loss of 6000 jobs) led to a significant decline in use of the station.[2] The signal box to the north of Dee Marsh Junction remains in use to control access to the remnants of the former Shotwick Sidings for the dispatch of finished steel products. The sidings were once used by heavy trains of iron ore from Bidston Dock in Birkenhead bound for the sidings Shotwick. An industrial park and rail-connected paper mill now occupy part of the old Shotwick works site, whilst the rolling mill there is still operational receiving steel coil for processing from South Wales by rail. The signal box also acts as the 'fringe' to the Merseyside Integrated Electronic Control Centre at Sandhills.[4]

FacilitiesEdit

The station is unmanned and only has basic amenities (CIS screens, waiting shelters and timetable poster boards on each platform). Step-free access is available to both platforms, but transfer between them requires the use of a barrow crossing.[5]

ServicesEdit

The station sees an infrequent service, with the only trains calling during the morning and evening peak periods towards Wrexham Central southbound and Bidston northbound. There are four southbound and three northbound trains a day Monday to Saturday.[6]

In May 2013, Arriva Trains Wales introduced a Sunday service at the station. On a Sunday, all passenger services (six each way) on the Borderlands Line will stop, on request.[7]

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mitchell & Smith 2013, map XXI
  2. ^ a b c "Hawarden Bridge". Disused Stations. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  3. ^ Mitchell & Smith 2013, fig. 55
  4. ^ Hawarden Bridge and Dee Marsh yard Sallery, D The Borderlands Line; Retrieved 7 August 2017
  5. ^ Hawarden Bridge Station facilities National Rail Enquiries
  6. ^ Table 101 National Rail timetable, May 2017
  7. ^ http://www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk/WorkArea/linkit.aspx?LinkIdentifier=id&ItemID=3905&libID=4351

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External linksEdit

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Shotton   Transport for Wales
Borderlands Line
  Neston
  Historical railways  
Shotton
Line and station open
  Chester & Connah's Quay Railway   Sealand
Line and station closed

Coordinates: 53°13′05″N 3°01′56″W / 53.218167°N 3.032121°W / 53.218167; -3.032121