Treorchy railway station

Treorchy railway station is a railway station serving the town of Treorchy and village of Cwmparc in Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales. It is located on the Rhondda Line.

Treorchy

Welsh: Treorci
National Rail
Treorchy railway station, Rhondda Cynon Taf (geograph 4028215).jpg
General information
LocationTreorchy, Rhondda Cynon Taf
Wales
Coordinates51°39′27″N 3°30′22″W / 51.6575°N 3.5061°W / 51.6575; -3.5061Coordinates: 51°39′27″N 3°30′22″W / 51.6575°N 3.5061°W / 51.6575; -3.5061
Grid referenceSS959964
Managed byTransport for Wales
Platforms1
Other information
Station codeTRY
ClassificationDfT category F1
Key dates
27 Sept. 1869first station opened
3 March 1884resited
Passengers
2016/17Increase 186,526
2017/18Decrease 169,948
2018/19Decrease 151,064
2019/20Decrease 132,890
2020/21Decrease 20,242
Location
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

HistoryEdit

The first station in the town opened as Treorky on 27 September 1869[1] by the Taff Vale Railway, though the line had existed since 1849. It moved to its current site in 1884, and was renamed to Treorchy in 1904.[2][3][4] It was subsequently taken over by the Great Western Railway as part of the Railways Act 1921.[5][6] In 1948, it became part of British Railways Western Region. The line through the station was reduced to single track on 6 January 1972.[4]

Location and facilitiesEdit

The station is on the western side of the town, on the road to the village of Cwmparc. There is a single platform, a shelter with seating and help point, and a free car park.[7]

ServicesEdit

Monday-Saturday, there is a half-hourly service to Cardiff Central Southbound and to Treherbert Northbound. There is a two hourly service in each direction on Sundays.[8] In 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 local AM Leanne Wood and the success of extra Sunday services on the Merthyr Line and the Rhymney Line.[9]

The Rhondda line is planned to be electrified. This would allow journeys from Cardiff to Treorchy to be reduced to 40 minutes, which would help boost the local economy.[10]

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Ton Pentre   Transport for Wales
Rhondda Line
  Ynyswen

IncidentsEdit

In January 2007, a boy was killed by an oncoming train at the station, because he was listening to an MP3 player with headphones and did not hear it approaching.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Railway Passenger Stations by M.Quick page 445
  2. ^ Butt 1995, p. 234.
  3. ^ Hutton, John (2006). The Taff Vale Railway, vol. 2. Silver Link. ISBN 978-1-85794-250-7.
  4. ^ a b "Taff Vale Railway (and related lines)". Welsh Railways Research Centre. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  5. ^ Seward, Alun; Swidenbank, David (15 April 2010). Rhondda Through Time. Amberley. p. 32. ISBN 978-1-445-63046-5.
  6. ^ Grant, Donald (2017). Directory of the Railway Companies of Great Britain. Troubador Publishing Ltd. p. 553. ISBN 978-1-788-03768-6.
  7. ^ "Treorchy". National Rail Enquiries. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  8. ^ Table 130 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  9. ^ "Extra Sunday services between Treherbert and Barry Island". Archived from the original on 22 July 2018. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Secrets of 'Britain's best high street': what the rest of us can learn from a small town in the Rhondda". The Daily Telegraph. 9 February 2020. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  11. ^ Jack, Malvern (29 January 2007). "Train kills boy listening to MP3". The Times. p. 20. Retrieved 4 March 2020.

Butt, R. V. J. (October 1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. OL 11956311M.

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