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Swansea railway station

Swansea railway station serves the city of Swansea, south Wales. It is 216 miles 7 chains measured from London Paddington on the National Rail network, it is the fourth-busiest station in Wales. The station opened in 1850, it was built by the South Wales Railway, which amalgamated with the Great Western Railway in 1863, but it was not on the South Wales Railway main line, planned to connect London with the port of Fishguard, Swansea passengers had to change at Landore, two miles to the north until at least 1879. The station has been renovated and extended several times in its lifetime - most notably in the 1880s, when the stone-built office block facing High Street, on the west side of the station, was added, in 1925-7 when the platforms were lengthened; the present-day frontage block, facing Ivey Place, was completed in 1934. Nothing now remains of the original wooden station with galvanised iron roof; the majority of the rebuilt station remains intact. The umbrella-type platform roofing which replaced the 1880s train-sheds in the 1920s is intact although the canopy on platform 4 has been shortened.

The number of platforms was reduced from five to four in 1973 under British Rail when the old Platform 1 was eliminated, along with the loading bays and fish dock that once stood beyond it. The remaining platforms were renumbered at the same time, so that what were platforms 2 to 5 are now platforms 1 to 4, respectively. On the east side of the station there was a connecting line which bypassed the platforms and ran at one time to coal tips on the North Dock and on to a junction with the high-level line from Eastern Depot to Victoria station. Part of the route of this line, alongside the station itself, is now a staff car park and the remainder, carried on viaducts alongside the Strand, has been obliterated by modern development. High Street goods station was on the west side of the line, just north of the passenger station; the site has been cleared and used for housing and the dedicated bus road that runs from the Landore park-and-ride facility into the city centre. On the opposite side of the line were extensive carriage sidings, large areas of which are, as of 2014, being redeveloped as the Hitachi IEP rail service depot.

There was great competition between the different railway companies in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Swansea had seven stations in 1895, owned by five different railway companies: High Street, St Thomas, East Dock, Riverside and Swansea Bay, Rutland Street. Only High Street now remains in the city centre. To the east, trains operate along the South Wales Main Line. Swansea is a western terminus for Great Western Railway InterCity 125 services to London Paddington that do not terminate at Cardiff Central, with the majority of local train services west of Swansea timed to connect with London services. Transport for Wales provides the Swanline service to Cardiff Central, services to Manchester Piccadilly. To the west, Transport for Wales trains run along the West Wales line to Carmarthen and to Pembroke Dock, Milford Haven or Fishguard Harbour. Certain services to Fishguard Harbour connect with the Stena Line ferry to Rosslare Europort in Ireland. Swansea is the eastern terminus for a few of the services from West Wales.

Services on the Heart of Wales line between Llanelli and Shrewsbury start from Swansea. Some of Transport for Wales' boat trains to and from Fishguard Harbour commence at Swansea; these connect with the Stena Line ferry to Rosslare Europort in Ireland with a daily morning and evening service in both directions. This route has been in existence since 1906; the station is a terminus, at the end of a short branch off the South Wales Main Line and the West Wales line, so that all through passenger trains must either reverse at Swansea or omit calling there. In practice all passenger services do call there; the station has four platforms. Great Western Railway trains from London enter the station with the standard-class carriages leading, use platform 2; the platforms are covered for part of their length. Until January 2004, the mail train to London was a regular service from the station. In February 2013, Swansea station won the "Wales’ Best Staffed Train Station" award, supported by Keep Wales Tidy.

In May 2013, Swansea station was named "International Station of the Year" and won the "Best Large Station" award at the International Station Awards. The ticket office is open here each day, with self-service ticket machines provided for use when the ticket office is closed and for collecting pre-paid tickets. A range of other amenities are available, including toilets, retail outlets, waiting rooms, ATM, payphone and the local Tourist Information Office. Bus stops and a taxi rank are located outside the entrance. Train running information is offered via timetable posters, digital CIS displays and automated announcements. Step-free access is available to all platforms. Swansea has four platforms, numbered 1, 2, 3 and 4. Platforms are used for the same services, but can change i

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