Lydney railway station
Lydney railway station is a railway station serving the town of Lydney in Gloucestershire, England. It is located on the Gloucester-Newport line. The station is located a mile south of Lydney, and was originally called Lydney Junction, which is now the name of the nearby station on the preserved Dean Forest Railway.
|Local authority||Forest of Dean|
|Managed by||Transport for Wales|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened 1851|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Lydney from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
Railway lines in Lydney
Lydney Junction was the name of two separate but adjacent stations on two different railway lines. The Great Western Railway station, which is the one that remains open as Lydney railway station, opened in 1851 on the Gloucester to Chepstow section of the South Wales Railway. To the west of this station, the freight-only line of the Severn and Wye Mineral Railway crossed the GWR line on its north-south route taking coal and iron from the Forest of Dean to the docks at Lydney.
In 1875, the Severn and Wye started passenger services and built a new terminus station at Lydney Junction for passenger trains to and from Drybrook, near Cinderford. Four years later, this first station was superseded by a new one as the Severn and Wye joined with the Midland Railway in building the Severn Bridge Railway, which linked Lydney across the River Severn with the Midland's Sharpness Branch Line, enabling access for the Forest of Dean minerals to the new and more extensive docks at Sharpness.
The new Lydney Junction (Severn and Wye) station was linked by a long footbridge to the GWR's station. There were also extensive freight yards in the north-east quadrant between the two lines, and these provided the only rail link between the Severn and Wye and the Great Western lines. The two stations worked closely together, particularly after 1894, when the Severn and Wye Railway was bought by the Great Western and the Midland. Finally, in 1955, under British Railways, the two stations were formally merged into one.
Lydney Junction (Severn and Wye) was used as a through-station for passenger services to and from Berkeley Road railway station and over the Severn Railway Bridge. These services either terminated at Lydney Town railway station, which was in the centre of Lydney, or continued on northwards into the Forest of Dean to terminate at Lydbrook Junction on the Ross to Monmouth line. These services ceased abruptly in October 1960 when the Severn Railway Bridge was damaged beyond economic repair in a shipping accident. Passenger services were officially withdrawn from this Lydney Junction in November 1964 and it remained closed until reopening by the Dean Forest Railway in 1995.
The other Lydney Junction, then renamed Lydney, lost its freight services in 1968 and its staffing in 1969, and the Great Western buildings on the platforms were demolished, though the signalbox remained until December 2012.
The station is unstaffed, but a self-service ticket machine is provided (this can also be used for collecting advance purchase tickets). Train running information is provided by customer help points, digital CIS displays and timetable posters on each platform (along with waiting shelters). Step-free access is offered to both sides via the level crossing.
The majority of passenger services at Lydney are provided by Transport for Wales, with an hourly Maesteg-Cardiff Central-Cheltenham Spa service in each direction (although there are a couple of gaps during the middle of the day). On Sundays, there is a two-hourly service each way.
CrossCountry also serve the station as part of their Cardiff Central to Nottingham via Birmingham New Street route. Monday to Saturday, there are six trains per day in each direction. There is no Sunday service on this route.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Chepstow||Transport for Wales
Maesteg / Cardiff Central - Cheltenham Spa
Cardiff Central - Birmingham New Street / Nottingham
(Mondays to Saturdays only)
|Interchange with Lydney Junction on the Dean Forest Railway|
There is no footbridge at the station, and therefore no means of crossing the line to get to the opposing platform once the level crossing gates close in advance of a train arriving.
An incident occurred at the station's level crossing on 23 March 2011 when a fault with the automatic barriers caused a northbound CrossCountry service to pass over the crossing at 60 mph (97 km/h) while the gates were raised (although the traffic lights were red).
- Mike Oakley (2003). Gloucestershire Railway Stations. Wimborne: Dovecote Press. pp. 91–93. ISBN 1-904349-24-2.
- Lydney station facilities National Rail Enquiries
- Table 57 National Rail timetable, December 2016
- "Investigation into an incident at Lydney level crossing, 23 March 2011". Rail Accident Investigation Branch. Archived from the original on 18 June 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2011.