Llantwit Major railway station

Llantwit Major railway station is a railway station serving the small town of Llantwit Major, South Wales. It is located on the Vale of Glamorgan Line, 18+14 miles (29.4 km) west of Cardiff Central towards Bridgend via Barry and Rhoose. The present station opened on 12 June 2005, when passenger services were restored on the section of line between Barry and Bridgend.

Llantwit Major

Welsh: Llanilltud Fawr
National Rail
Llantwit Major railway station footbridge (geograph 6264170).jpg
LocationLlantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan
Wales
Coordinates51°24′36″N 3°28′55″W / 51.410°N 3.482°W / 51.410; -3.482Coordinates: 51°24′36″N 3°28′55″W / 51.410°N 3.482°W / 51.410; -3.482
Grid referenceSS970689
Managed byTransport for Wales
Platforms2
Other information
Station codeLWM
ClassificationDfT category F2
Key dates
1 December 1897opened
15 June 1964closed
12 June 2005reopened
Passengers
2016/17Decrease 0.298 million
2017/18Steady 0.298 million
2018/19Increase 0.301 million
2019/20Decrease 0.277 million
2020/21Decrease 51,254
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Passenger services are operated by Transport for Wales as part of the Valleys & Cardiff Local Routes network.

Original stationEdit

Llantwit Major was one of the five original stations which opened along with the line in 1897. Originally, there were four lines of rails through it.[1] On the line's opening, the village of Llantwit Major lay to the south, separated from the station by fields, but the town has since expanded to the point where the station is now more or less in the centre.[2] The station had two platforms, each with a loop line, with a substantial red brick station building on the 'down' platform. The other platform had a smaller shelter. The goods yard was also on the 'down' side. This consisted of a loop line with a centrally-placed crossover which enabled access to the brick goods shed on the outer line of the loop. Extra sidings were added in around 1900. The station closed to regular passenger services in 1964 when these facilities were withdrawn along the line. The final passenger working at the old station was on 25 June 1965 when the royal train arrived at the 'down' platform. It conveyed the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh en route to an engagement at Atlantic College. Later, the Royal Party rejoined the train for the journey to Port Talbot where the Queen was to open the new Afan Lido.[3]

ServicesEdit

Monday to Saturdays there is an hourly service westbound to Bridgend and an hourly service eastbound to Cardiff Central and Aberdare. Sundays there is a two-hourly service in each direction between Bridgend and Cardiff Central.[4]

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Rhoose
Cardiff International Airport
  Transport for Wales
Vale Line
  Bridgend
  Historical railways  
St. Athan
Line open; station closed
  Great Western Railway   Llandow (Wick Road) Halt
Line open; station closed

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Chapman, Colin. The Vale of Glamorgan Railway. The Oakwood Press, 1998, p.37.
  2. ^ Chapman, Colin. The Vale of Glamorgan Railway. The Oakwood Press, 1998, p.151
  3. ^ Chapman, Colin. The Vale of Glamorgan Railway. The Oakwood Press, 1998, p. 89
  4. ^ GB eNRT 2015-6 Edition, Table 130 (Network Rail)

External linksEdit

  Media related to Llantwit Major railway station at Wikimedia Commons