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Llandudno railway station serves the seaside town of Llandudno in North Wales, and is the terminus of a 3 miles (4.8 km) long branch line from Llandudno Junction on the Crewe to Holyhead North Wales Coast Line. The station is managed by Transport for Wales, who operate all trains serving it.

Llandudno National Rail
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Station Entrance
Location
PlaceLlandudno
Local authorityConwy County Borough
Grid referenceSH783819
Operations
Station codeLLD
Managed byTransport for Wales
Number of platforms3
DfT categoryE
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 0.315 million
2014/15Decrease 0.312 million
2015/16Decrease 0.300 million
2016/17Decrease 0.297 million
2017/18Increase 0.305 million
History
Key datesOpened October 1858 (October 1858)
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Llandudno from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Llandudno Victoria station, the lower terminus of the Great Orme Tramway, is a 15-minute walk from the main station.

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HistoryEdit

 
London Midland & Scottish Railway monogram
 
Llandudno railway station pictured in 1894

The first station and the branch line was constructed by the St. George's Harbour and Railway Company and opened on 1 October 1858.The trains at first ran to and from Conwy station until the completion of Llandudno Junction station. The line was soon absorbed by the London and North Western Railway, which in turn became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway in 1923. Vaughan Street in Llandudno was also laid out in 1858 as the station approach road.

As the first station had become inadequate to cope with increasing usage, the present Llandudno station buildings and frontage together with five platforms and an extensive glass roof were erected in 1892 and the station still has the Victorian carriage road between the two principal platforms. Platforms 4 & 5 had been disused since 1978 with the tracks to the platforms being disconnected and eventually dismantled in 2012. The southernmost half of the glass roof was removed some decades ago, and the remainder was substantially cut back again in 1990. Half of the station frontage (including the former waiting and refreshment rooms) that had been disused for years was demolished in May 2009. The station retains its semaphore signalling and manual signal box.

FacilitiesEdit

 
Signal Box

In recent years, plans were unveiled for the transformation of the station into a Transport Interchange, which would involve the demolition of the disused part of the frontage and the introduction of new passenger facilities. Following the provision of funding, reconstruction began in 2013 and the £5.2 million scheme was completed in the summer of 2014.[1] The work included a 130 space car park (on the site of the former Platforms 4 & 5), a glazed concourse, a bus interchange, new taxi rank, and a shop/cafe. There are also a new entrance and improvements to the platforms.

The ticket office is staffed part-time (08:30-15:00 weekdays, 09:15-15:45 Saturdays, 10:00-17:30 Sundays in July and August only). A self-service ticket machine is provided for use outside these times and for collecting advance purchase tickets. There are also toilets and a waiting room on the concourse. Train running information is provided by digital information screens, posters and automated announcements. Step-free access is available to all platforms.[2]

ServicesEdit

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Terminus   Transport for Wales
Conwy Valley Line
  Deganwy
  Transport for Wales
North Wales Coast Line
 

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Llandudno's new £5.2m railway station"North Wales Daily Post article 23 July 2014; Retrieved 13 January 2017
  2. ^ Llandudno station facilities National Rail Enquiries
  3. ^ Table 81 National Rail timetable, May 2017
  4. ^ GB NRT May 2017 Edition, Table 102

Further readingEdit

  • Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (2010). Bala to Llandudno. West Sussex: Middleton Press. figs. 114-120. ISBN 9781906008871. OCLC 668198724.
  • Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (2012). Rhyl to Bangor. West Sussex: Middleton Press. figs. 64-70. ISBN 9781908174154. OCLC 859594415.
  • Allen, David (21 October – 3 November 1998). "Seaside signalling in North Wales". RAIL. No. 342. EMAP Apex Publications. pp. 40–42. ISSN 0953-4563. OCLC 49953699.

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