Risca and Pontymister railway station

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Risca and Pontymister National Rail
Welsh: Rhisga a Phont-y-meistr
Risca and Pontymister railway station in 2009.jpg
Location
Place Pontymister
Local authority Caerphilly
Grid reference ST245902
Operations
Station code RCA
Managed by Arriva Trains Wales
Owned by Network Rail
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2012/13 Decrease 0.100 million
2013/14 Increase 0.109 million
2014/15 Decrease 0.108 million
2015/16 Decrease 0.101 million
2016/17 Increase 0.111 million
History
23 December 1850 Opened as Risca
30 April 1962 Closed
6 February 2008 Reopened as Risca and Pontymister
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Risca and Pontymister from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Risca and Pontymister railway station (Welsh: Rhisga a Phont-y-meistr) is a station on the Ebbw Valley Railway in south-east Wales. It serves the village of Pontymister and the town of Risca. It is located roughly ½ mile south of the original Risca railway station.

The station is located near Ty Isaf School and Mill Street on a site of former railway sidings. The station has two platforms and a park and ride car park. Vehicular access to the station is off Maryland Road, with passenger access off Mill Street.

The station opened on 6 February 2008 when services between Cardiff Central and Ebbw Vale Parkway railway station commenced. Plans include an hourly service to Newport.

History[edit]

The first steam locomotive passenger train ran on the Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Company Western Valley line on Monday 23 December 1850, with service running twice in each direction (to Ebbw Vale and to Newport) each weekday.[1]

The MRCC had been running the canals and horse-drawn carriages on their tram-roads which went through Risca from 1795.[2]

Passenger services on the original line ended in 1962.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Advertising". Charles Hough. Monmouthshire Merlin. 4 January 1851. Retrieved 31 October 2017. 
  2. ^ Skillern, WJ (July 1960). "The Railways of Newport". The Railway Magazine. 107 (711). 
  3. ^ Vay Le, Julian; Benedict Le Vay (1 December 2014). Britain from the Rails: Including the nation's best-kept-secret railways. Bradt Travel Guides. pp. 271–. ISBN 978-1-84162-919-3. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Crosskeys   Arriva Trains Wales
Cardiff Central - Ebbw Vale Town
  Rogerstone

Coordinates: 51°36′20″N 3°05′35″W / 51.60554°N 3.09304°W / 51.60554; -3.09304