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Maesteg railway station

Maesteg railway station is one of two railway stations that serve the town of Maesteg in Wales. The British Rail 1992 built station is located in the centre of the town, adjacent to the Asda Supermarket store and on former sidings 8 14 miles (13.3 km) north of Bridgend.

Maesteg National Rail
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Arriva Trains Wales 150208 stands at Maesteg with a service from Cheltenham Spa.
Location
Place Maesteg
Local authority Bridgend
Coordinates 51°36′35″N 3°39′17″W / 51.6096°N 3.6547°W / 51.6096; -3.6547Coordinates: 51°36′35″N 3°39′17″W / 51.6096°N 3.6547°W / 51.6096; -3.6547
Grid reference SS855913
Operations
Station code MST
Managed by Transport for Wales Rail
Number of platforms 1
DfT category F1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2012/13 Decrease 0.171 million
2013/14 Increase 0.219 million
2014/15 Decrease 0.188 million
2015/16 Decrease 0.185 million
2016/17 Increase 0.191 million
History
Key dates Opened 1992 (1992)
25 February 1864 Opened
1 July 1924 Name changed to Maesteg Castle Street
6 May 1968 Name changed to Maesteg
22 June 1970 Closed to public
14 July 1970 Last school train
28 September 1992 Reopened by British Rail
2008 Platform lengthened to accommodate 4 car trains.
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Maesteg from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Contents

HistoryEdit

The station is now the terminus of the Maesteg Line from Cardiff via Bridgend. Previously the line continued northbound through the old Maesteg Castle Street station (first opened in 1861), which closed with the withdrawal of passenger services in July 1970. Mineral traffic had continued to several collieries in the areas until November 1985 (with the route remaining open past Llynfi North Junction as far north as Nantyffyllon to serve the NCB Maesteg Central Washery as well as the three pits) but the closure of the last remaining mine at St John's and the washery saw the line fall into disuse. The former station platforms and footbridge still exist, although the track has now been removed and there is heavy tree and plant growth at the location.

FacilitiesEdit

The station is unstaffed and has a single platform with waiting shelter, CIS display, customer help point, timetable information board and self-service ticket machine next to the main entrance. The latter can be used for collecting pre-paid tickets as well as for purchasing tickets prior to travel. Level access is available between the car park and platform.[1]

ServicesEdit

The general service pattern is one train per hour to Cardiff Central via Bridgend, with most trains extended to Cheltenham Spa via Newport, Chepstow, Lydney and Gloucester.[2]

Passenger services are operated by Transport for Wales.

There are two long-distance daily services to Maesteg. One of these starts at Chester, and the other runs from Holyhead.

The first train of the day is a through working to Ebbw Vale Town.

There is no Sunday service.

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Maesteg (Ewenny Road)   Transport for Wales
Maesteg Line
  Terminus
Disused railways
Nantyffyllon   Great Western Railway
Llynvi and Ogmore Railway
  Garth

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Maesteg station facilities National Rail Enquiries
  2. ^ GB eNRT May 2017 Edition, Table 128 (Network Rail)
 
The footbridge of the old Castle Street station, a few hundred yards further up the line.

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