Kidwelly railway station

Kidwelly railway station serves the town of Kidwelly (Welsh: Cydweli), Carmarthenshire, Wales. The station is situated on the coast just southwest of Kidwelly itself. It is 234 miles 32 chains (377.2 km) from the zero point at London Paddington, measured via Stroud.[1]


Welsh: Cydweli
National Rail
General information
LocationKidwelly, Carmarthenshire
Coordinates51°44′02″N 4°19′01″W / 51.734°N 4.317°W / 51.734; -4.317
Grid referenceSN401064
Managed byTransport for Wales
Other information
Station codeKWL
ClassificationDfT category F1
2018/19Decrease 27,596
2019/20Decrease 24,378
2020/21Decrease 4,054
2021/22Increase 15,544
2022/23Increase 20,972
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

The station was opened by the South Wales Railway on 11 October 1852 and was once the junction for a branch of the Burry Port and Gwendraeth Valley Railway which ran via Ty Coch to Trimsaran Road.[2] This connection, which lay just to the east of the level crossing, was re-used between 1984 and 1996 for coal traffic to/from the washery at Coedbach following the closure of the flood-prone BP&GVR main line to Burry Port in 1983. Nothing remains today to show the industrial heritage of the railway here, as the branch has been dismantled.


The level crossing and the lane to Kymer's Quay

The station was first opened as a temporary wooden platform however on 26 March 1852 Emery of Gloucester was awarded the contract and a stone-built station was constructed of a style repeated all along the line.[3] These station buildings have been demolished and replaced with basic shelters. The station is now unmanned.

On 20 June 1957 a Royal Air Force Hawker Hunter crashed 200 yards east of station with the death of the pilot.[4]

At the east end of the station is a signal box with an adjacent level crossing where the road from Kidwelly to the old quay crosses the railway line. The west end of the station ends with a bridge over the river. A World War II pillbox remains intact just before the bridge.



There is a two-hourly service from the station for most of the day (Mon-Sat), improving to hourly during the morning and evening peak periods. Stops are provided by both the West Wales/Carmarthen to Manchester Piccadilly and Pembroke Dock to Swansea trains (peak periods and evenings only), though the daily Great Western Railway Carmarthen to London Paddington service also calls eastbound (except Saturdays). A similar service is provided on Sundays, but starting later in the day.[5]

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Pembrey & Burry Port   Transport for Wales
West Wales Line


  1. ^ Padgett, David (June 2018) [1989]. Munsey, Myles (ed.). Railway Track Diagrams 3: Western & Wales (6th ed.). Frome: Trackmaps. map 24B. ISBN 978-1-9996271-0-2.
  2. ^ "Burry Port & Gwendraeth Valley Light Railway" The Colonel Stephens Society article; Retrieved 29 June 2016
  3. ^ Bowen, R.E. (2001). The Burry Port & Gwendreath Valley Railway and its Antecedent Canals. Usk : The Oakwood Press. ISBN 085361685X.
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Table 128 National Rail timetable, December 2018

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