Porth railway station

Porth railway station is a railway station serving the town of Porth in Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales. It is located on the Rhondda Line.

Porth

Welsh: Y Porth
National Rail
Porth railway station (geograph 5629618).jpg
LocationPorth, Rhondda Cynon Taf
Wales
Coordinates51°36′45″N 3°24′27″W / 51.6124°N 3.4075°W / 51.6124; -3.4075Coordinates: 51°36′45″N 3°24′27″W / 51.6124°N 3.4075°W / 51.6124; -3.4075
Grid referenceST025913
Managed byTransport for Wales
Platforms2
Other information
Station codePOR
ClassificationDfT category D
History
Opened1876
Original companyTaff Vale Railway
Pre-groupingTaff Vale Railway
Post-groupingGreat Western Railway
Key dates
4 February 1861First station opened
1 July 1876Station resited
Passengers
2016/17Increase 0.342 million
2017/18Increase 0.355 million
2018/19Decrease 0.344 million
2019/20Decrease 0.311 million
2020/21Decrease 35,772
Location
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

HistoryEdit

Two stations have served Porth. The first was opened on 4 February 1861 by the Taff Vale Railway;[1] the line had been open since 10 June 1841.[2]

On 1 July 1876, the original station was closed, being replaced by a new one approximately 240 yards (220 m) to the east.[1] The Rhondda Fawr line to Treherbert was singled north of here in 1981 and most of the 1876 station buildings were replaced in 1984–85.[3]

The now defunct Maerdy Branch along the Rhondda Fach valley to Maerdy and the collieries at Mardy and Ferndale used to diverge from the 'main line' to Treherbert just north of the station at Maerdy Junction. Opened in stages between 1849 and 1856, the passenger service over this route ended in 1964, but mineral traffic to Mardy Colliery continued to run until final closure of the branch in August 1986, when coal from Mardy was then raised from Tower Colliery. The track was subsequently lifted in 1996, but the old formation can still be traced (along with the former up loop platform used by branch trains).

A passenger service between Porth and Barry was introduced by the Barry Railway on 16 March 1896, running via Pontypridd Graig and Treforest High Level.,[4] but this ended in 1930 when the service was re-routed via the TVR station at Pontypridd (trains henceforth terminating there, except for summer excursions, until the service down to Barry finally ended in September 1962).

An unusual ground level signal box was installed at the station when the Treherbert line was reduced to single track in 1981, replacing a much more substantial TVR structure.[5] This holds the distinction of the being the last new mechanical box to be built by British Rail,[6] though it had a working life of only 17 years before being abolished in 1998 when the Radyr signalling centre took control of the area.

ServicesEdit

Monday-Saturday, there is a half-hourly service to Cardiff Central via Pontypridd and Cardiff Queen Street southbound and to Treherbert northbound, serving all stations en route except Trefforest Estate. This drops to hourly in the late evening. There is a two-hourly service in each direction on Sundays, with through trains to Barry Island.[7] On 20 July 2018, previous franchise operator Arriva Trains Wales announced a trial period of extra Sunday services on the Rhondda Line to Cardiff and Barry Island. This was in response to a survey by Leanne Wood and the success of extra Sunday services on the Merthyr Line and the Rhymney Line.[8]

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Trehafod   Transport for Wales
Rhondda Line
  Dinas Rhondda
  Historical railways  
Trehafod
Line and station open
  Barry Railway
Porth–Barry
  Terminus
Disused railways
Trehafod
Line and station open
  Taff Vale Railway
Maerdy Branch
  Ynyshir
Line and station closed

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 189. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  2. ^ James, Leslie (November 1983). A Chronology of the Construction of Britain's Railways 1778-1855. Shepperton: Ian Allan. p. 35. ISBN 0-7110-1277-6. BE/1183.
  3. ^ Hutton, John (2006). The Taff Vale Railway, vol. 2. Silver Link. ISBN 978-1-85794-250-7.
  4. ^ Barrie, D.S.M. (1983) [1962]. The Barry Railway. Oakwood Library of Railway History. Salisbury: Oakwood Press. p. 171. ISBN 0-85361-236-6. OL57.
  5. ^ Rhondda Fach Junction South www.signalbox.org; Retrieved 2013-09-16
  6. ^ The Rock - Signals in South Wales www.roscalen.com; Retrieved 2013-09-16
  7. ^ GB eNRT December 2015 Edition, Table 130 (Network Rail)
  8. ^ "Extra Sunday services between Treherbert and Barry Island". Archived from the original on 22 July 2018. Retrieved 19 July 2019.

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