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Merthyr Vale railway station

Merthyr Vale
Welsh: Ynysowen
Location
Place Merthyr Vale
Local authority Merthyr Tydfil
Coordinates
Grid reference
Operations
Station code MEV
Managed by Arriva Trains Wales
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  31,546
2005/06 27,700
2006/07 33,368
2007/08 29,553
2008/09 33,796
2009/10 42,712
2010/11 41,428
2011/12 41,676
2012/13 46,934
2013/14 61,584
History
1 June 1883 Opened
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Merthyr Vale from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Merthyr Vale railway station is a railway station serving the villages of Merthyr Vale and Aberfan in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales. It is located on the Merthyr branch of the Merthyr Line. Passenger services are provided by Arriva Trains Wales.

Since 2008 the station has had a passing loop installed. This allowed a half hourly service to be introduced on the branch from the May 2009 timetable change.[1] Previously (up until 1991) a loop had existed at Black Lion Crossing, a short distance to the south,[2] which also controlled the siding connections into Merthyr Vale Colliery.[3]

The station was first opened by the Taff Vale Railway in 1883.[4] It is briefly shown in Richard Fleischer's 1971 film 10 Rillington Place, starring Richard Attenborough and John Hurt. When Timothy Evans (Hurt) returns to Wales, he is seen walking from the station.

References

  1. ^ New half-hourly train service due to startWales Online; Retrieved 2009-05-14
  2. ^ Signalling Record Society - Black LionSignalling Record Society; Retrieved 2013-10-16
  3. ^ Merthyr Tydfil's Railways www.alangeorge.co.uk; Retrieved 2013-10-16
  4. ^ Hutton, John (2006). The Taff Vale Railway, vol. 1. Silver Link.  

External links

  • Train times and station information for Merthyr Vale railway station from National Rail
  • Photo of the station & passing loop in 2012 (Geograph.org)
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Quakers Yard   Arriva Trains Wales
Merthyr Line
  Troed-y-rhiw


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