Llandovery

Welsh: Llanymddyfri
National Rail
LocationLlandovery, Carmarthenshire
Wales
Coordinates51°59′42″N 3°48′11″W / 51.995°N 3.803°W / 51.995; -3.803Coordinates: 51°59′42″N 3°48′11″W / 51.995°N 3.803°W / 51.995; -3.803
Grid referenceSN763345
Managed byTransport for Wales
Platforms2
Other information
Station codeLLV
ClassificationDfT category F1
History
Opened1858
Passengers
2015/16Decrease 17,024
2016/17Decrease 15,596
2017/18Increase 16,732
2018/19Decrease 15,750
2019/20Decrease 15,688
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Llandovery railway station serves the market town of Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, Wales. The station is on the Heart of Wales Line 42 miles (68 km) north east of Swansea and is located at Tywi Avenue.

All trains serving the station are operated by Transport for Wales, who also manage it.

History

Refurbished station building which houses a cafe and gallery (June 2014)
Refurbished station building which houses a cafe and gallery (June 2014)

It was opened by the independent Vale of Towy Railway company in 1858 as the terminus of a branch from Llandeilo, although the VoTR was soon leased by the Llanelly Railway (which had built the route northwards from Llanelli in stages between 1833 and 1852.[1]) The Llanelly company in turn soon became part of the GWR. The LNWR's Central Wales Extension Railway arrived from the north a decade later to complete the through route between Craven Arms and Swansea, with the LNWR and GWR taking joint control of the Llandovery to Llandeilo section.

The station sits at the bottom of an 8+12 miles (13.7 km) descent from the line's southern summit at Sugar Loaf tunnel and until August 1964, a locomotive shed was in operation here to house the engines used for assisting northbound trains (the ruling gradient on this section being 1 in 60).[2][3]

There is a passing loop and level crossing (of the A40 road) at the station, but the signal box that formerly operated them was closed in 1986. The token instruments for the single line and crossing barriers are both operated by the train crew under the supervision of the signaller at Pantyffynnon. The loop had been temporarily decommissioned between 2008 & 2010, but is in use again after the automatic point machines were renewed in June 2010.

Refurbished station buildings were opened by Prince Charles in June 2011, some 19 years after they were closed.[4]

Facilities

The station is unstaffed and has no ticket machine, so all tickets need to be purchased prior to travel or on board the train. There are shelters, CIS screens and customer help points on each platform, whilst a local volunteer group runs a cafe and gallery in the main station building. Step-free access is provided to both platforms.[5]

Services

There are four trains a day northbound to Shrewsbury from Monday to Saturday and five southbound to Swansea (the first southbound departure starts here and does not run on Saturdays); two services each way call on Sundays.[6]

Preceding station
National Rail
Following station
Llanwrda   Transport for Wales
Heart of Wales Line
  Cynghordy

Notes

  1. ^ Body, p.104-5
  2. ^ Llandovery - 87KRail UK; Retrieved 7 July 2016
  3. ^ "Heart of Wales Travel Guide" Doughty, Audrey, Llandeilo Past & Present; Retrieved 7 July 2016
  4. ^ "Charles and Camilla open Llandovery railway station". BBC News website. BBC. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2011.
  5. ^ Llandovery station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 7 April 2017
  6. ^ Table 129 National Rail timetable, December 2018

References

Further reading

Media related to Llandovery railway station at Wikimedia Commons