- Pontypool and New Inn railway station
Infobox UK station
name = Pontypool and New Inn
code = PPL
Arriva Trains Wales
lowusage0405 = 39,876
lowusage0506 = 36,922
lowusage0607 = 33,410
platforms = 2
start = 1852
Pontypool and New Inn railway station ( _cy. Pont-y-pŵl a New Inn) is situated to the south east of
Pontypooltown centre between the town and the suburb of New Inn.
It is part of the
British railway systemowned by Network Railand is operated by Arriva Trains Wales. It lies on the Welsh Marches Lineline from Newportto Crewe.
The station was originally established by the
Newport, Abergavenny and Hereford Railwayand named Pontypool Road; the addition of "Road" within the station name is common in railway parlance when the station is situated away from the centre of the town served.
Subsequently, it became part of the
Great Western Railway.
Pontypool had more centrally-located stations on branch lines, including "Pontypool Blaendare Road", "Pontypool Clarence Street" and "Pontypool Crane Street", but with the closing of many branch lines in the 1960s under the
Beeching axePontypool Road, as a main-line station, was the only one remaining.
In 1972 it was renamed to simply Pontypool. The station under went significant refurbishment in 1994. This involved the demolition of the last surviving major building (that housed the ticket office, offices for railway maintenance personnel and space for a local scout group). The station name was once again changed to the current geographically descriptive name at this time.
The village of
Griffithstown, now a substantial part of Pontypool, was named after Henry Griffiths, the first stationmaster at Pontypool Road Station. ROF Glascoedmunitions and armaments factory was once served by the Monmouthbranch from the mainline at Little Mill
The station has limited facilities due to its small size today and lack of great commuter use. There is a shelter that serves both platforms and a help point / telephone.
Mondays to Saturdays
A two hourly service between Holyhead and Cardiff Central & Cardiff Central and Holyhead, with an hourly peak time service in both directions.
An irregular service operates.
* [http://www.mrsoc.co.uk/ Monmouthshire Railway Society]
* [http://www.community-council.org.uk/NewInn/index.asp?pageid=16351 A Short History of Pontypool Road Station]
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