Penyffordd railway station

Penyffordd railway station serves the village of Penyffordd in Flintshire, Wales. The station is 7¼ miles (12 km) north of Wrexham Central on the Borderlands Line.

Penyffordd

Welsh: Pen-y-ffordd
National Rail
From the level crossing, Pen-y-ffordd railway station (geograph 4032576).jpg
LocationPenyffordd, Flintshire
Wales
Coordinates53°08′35″N 3°03′18″W / 53.143°N 3.055°W / 53.143; -3.055Coordinates: 53°08′35″N 3°03′18″W / 53.143°N 3.055°W / 53.143; -3.055
Grid referenceSJ295611
Managed byTransport for Wales
Platforms2
Other information
Station codePNF
ClassificationDfT category F2
Key dates
1877[1]Opened as Hope Junction[2]
1877Renamed as Penyffordd for Hope[2]
1 March 1913Renamed as Penyffordd for Leeswood[2]
1974Renamed as Penyffordd
Passengers
2015/16Increase 24,976
2016/17Decrease 22,386
2017/18Decrease 20,686
2018/19Increase 22,296
2019/20Increase 22,778
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

The station was renamed from Penyffordd for Leeswood to Penyffordd on 6 May 1974.[3]

HistoryEdit

The station was opened in 1877[1] by the Wrexham, Mold and Connah's Quay Railway, on their 1866 line from Wrexham to Buckley. The line north of the station branched to the west running onto the LNWR line from Chester to Denbigh via Mold, which passed beneath the Borderlands route a short distance to the north.[4][5] The route closed to passengers in 1962, but the connection to it from the station was used for freight traffic towards Mold until 1983 to serve the Synthite factory in Mold.[6] The curve of the branch from the Borderlands line west was used as sidings which still remain, however are disused. The east to west line from Chester to Mold was lifted in 1985. The station's 24-lever signal box, which opened in 1885,[7] controlled these and a second siding link into the nearby Castle Cement factory - this latter connection is still occasionally used by trainloads of imported coal to supply the factory kilns. The current signal box was opened on 17 December 1972.[7][8]

On the eastern side of the station was an adjoining goods yard which closed on 4 May 1964, and reopened on 4 October 1971 for distributing coal.[7] The station became an unstaffed halt in 1969.

FacilitiesEdit

The station has no ticket facilities, so these must be bought in advance of travel or on the train. The original buildings have been replaced with standard waiting shelters. Train running information is offered via CIS screens, telephone (on platform 2) and timetable poster boards. There is step-free access to both platforms, but the station is not listed as DDA-compliant due to the barrow crossing linking the platforms and latched gate at the main entrance.[9]

ServicesEdit

The station is served by an hourly service southbound to Wrexham General and northbound to Bidston for connections to Liverpool via the Wirral Lines. This drops to a two-hourly frequency in the evenings. From December 2017 A normal weekday frequency now runs on most Bank holidays.[10]

On Sundays there is a train roughly every 90 minutes in each direction.

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Hope   Transport for Wales
Borderlands Line
  Buckley
  Historical railways  
Hope   Great Central Railway
Wrexham, Mold and Connah's Quay Railway
  Hope Exchange

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Connections Between the WM&CQR and LNWR at Hope www.disused-stations.org.uk; Retrieved 2013-08-05
  2. ^ a b c Mitchell & Smith 2013, fig. 31
  3. ^ Slater, J.N., ed. (July 1974). "Notes and News: Stations renamed by LMR". Railway Magazine. London: IPC Transport Press Ltd. 120 (879): 363. ISSN 0033-8923.
  4. ^ The Borderlands Line - Route Guide www.penmorfa.com; Retrieved 2013-08-05
  5. ^ Mitchell & Smith 2013, map XIII
  6. ^ Disused Stations - Mold www.disused-stations.org; Retrieved 2013-08-05
  7. ^ a b c Mitchell & Smith 2013, fig. 29
  8. ^ Mitchell & Smith 2013, fig. 30
  9. ^ Penyfford station facilities National Rail Enquiries
  10. ^ Table 101 National Rail timetable, Dec 2017

SourcesEdit

External linksEdit

  Media related to Penyffordd railway station at Wikimedia Commons