Builth Road railway station

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Builth Road National Rail
Builth Road railway station - geograph.org.uk - 3632422.jpg
Builth Road station platform looking north, September 2013
Location
PlaceBuilth Wells
Local authorityPowys
Coordinates52°10′08″N 3°25′38″W / 52.1689°N 3.4271°W / 52.1689; -3.4271Coordinates: 52°10′08″N 3°25′38″W / 52.1689°N 3.4271°W / 52.1689; -3.4271
Grid referenceSO024532
Operations
Station codeBHR
Managed byTransport for Wales
Owned byNetwork Rail
Number of platforms1
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Decrease 8,340
2014/15Decrease 8,054
2015/16Increase 8,244
2016/17Decrease 7,672
2017/18Decrease 7,458
History
Original companyMid Wales Railway (Llechryd) and Central Wales Extension Railway (Builth Road)
Pre-groupingCambrian Railways (Low Level) and London & North Western Railway (High Level)
Post-groupingGreat Western Railway (Low Level) and London, Midland & Scottish Railway (High Level)
1864Llechryd station opened
1866Builth Road station opened
1889Llechryd station renamed Builth Road Low Level
1962Low Level platforms closed
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Builth Road from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
Builth Road
and Builth Wells
Builth Road
former low level platform
Builth Wells
High level station in 1967
View of the low level station in 1962
The engine shed at Builth Road in 1962

Builth Road railway station is a station primarily serving the town of Builth Wells, in mid Wales. It is situated on the Heart of Wales Line; the station is just over two miles (about 3.5 km) north of Builth Wells on the A470, a busy trunk road.

All trains serving the station are operated by Transport for Wales and it is a request stop. There are four trains a day in each direction from Monday to Saturday, and two services on Sundays.[1]

The station uses one of the high level platforms of the former interchange station with the earlier Mid Wales Railway (closed 31 December 1962) which served the town of Builth Wells directly on its route from Cardiff to the North; the original (low level) station did not bear the name "Builth Road", instead being given the name "Llechryd". Builth Road was the name subsequently given to the Central Wales Extension Railway's high level station on the line from Llandrindod Wells to Llandovery that opened in 1866;[2] the Mid-Wales Railway station was eventually renamed Builth Road Low Level in 1889. The two routes crossed immediately south of the High Level station on a girder bridge and were at one time connected by lift.

Both the High and Low Level stations had substantial buildings until the mid-1960s, with High Level also having a goods shed (still in existence) and a running loop to accommodate the banking locomotives employed to assist trains on the 1 in 74 climb up from Llandrindod Wells;[3][4] the former Low Level station buildings also still stand and were used as the former Cambrian Arms public house,[5] whilst those on the remaining active platform at High Level are now used as housing.

During the Royal Welsh Show, Transport for Wales run special services with connecting buses into Builth Wells.

Arrangement of high and low level lines in 1945
Railway bridge spanning the River Wye in the snow.

Facilities[edit]

The station is unmanned (like most others on the route) and has no ticket machine, so tickets must be purchased in advance or on the train. There is a standard waiting shelter on the platform, along with a digital CIS display, timetable poster board and customer help point at the station entrance. Level access is provided from the entrance to the platform, with a section raised to assist passengers boarding and alighting.[6]

Terminology[edit]

The addition of the word "Road" to the name of the station indicates that the station is not located at Builth, but is some distance away on the road to Builth. Similarly, Gwinear Road, Beaulieu Road.

It is unusual in retaining the term "road": in recent times some such stations have been provided with park and ride facilities and renamed "Parkway", for example Bodmin Parkway, but it is not the only station on the line to retain the "Road" suffix, as the station serving Llanbister retains the name Llanbister Road.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Table 129 National Rail timetable, December 2018
  2. ^ "Victorian Builth - a New Railway Community" Powys Digital History Project; Retrieved 23 July 2017
  3. ^ Builth Road High Level (1967) Brooksbank, Ben Geograph.org.uk; Retrieved 23 July 2017
  4. ^ Body, G. (1983), PSL Field Guides - Railways of the Western Region, Patrick Stephens Ltd, Wellingborough, ISBN 0-85059-546-0, p.48
  5. ^ Cambrian Arms, Builth Road Halling , Phillip Geograph.org.uk; Retrieved 23 July 2017
  6. ^ Builth Road station facilities National Rail Enquiries

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Cilmeri   Transport for Wales
Heart of Wales Line
  Llandrindod
Disused railways
Newbridge on Wye
Line and station closed
  Great Western Railway
Mid-Wales Railway
  Builth Wells
Line and station closed