- Wrexham General railway station
Infobox UK station
Arriva Trains Wales
borough=Wrexham County Borough
platforms=6 in use
Wrexham General railway station ( _cy. Wrecsam Cyffredinol) is the main
railway stationserving Wrexham, north-east Wales. It is currently operated by Arriva Trains Wales, but services are also provided by other operators including Wrexham & Shropshire. Virgin Trainswill begin services from the station in late 2008. The station was first opened in 1846, later becoming part of the GWR network and expanded in 1912.
It is one of two railway stations in the central area of the town (the other being Wrexham Central). It is the main hub for inter-city services in the area, and as a result 77.7% of all rail journeys (2006/07) in Wrexham County Borough start or end at the station.
In 1846 the first steam trains began the Railway Age in Wrexham. The line was originally called The
North Wales Mineral RailwayThis was backed by local businessmen, among whom the developer of the steel works at Brymbo, Henry Robertson, is well known.There have been two railway station buildings on the site: the original was built by the Shrewsbury and Chester Railwayin Jacobean style with Dutch gable pediments. The architect for that station was Mr Thomas Penson of Wrexham, who also designed the Shrewsburyand Gobowenstations. It was built on the edge of Wrexham, a town which at the time was heavily industrialised and had many coal mines and steelworks to attract the railway companies.
The second station building was constructed by the GWR in 1912. The company decided the increasing rail traffic needed newer and more efficient facilities, so the station was rebuilt to a standardised GWR 'French Pavilion' design, including ornate crestings on the roof "towers". This station design was unique in that it used stonework from the original building instead of standard red brick. It survived the Beeching cuts of the 1960s as a through route for steel produced in Shotton and wood for the
In 1997 a wagon on an empty coal train derailed at a nearby level crossing. The train carried on for a mile into Wrexham General where the wagons scraped up the platform, damaging it and the station canopy. This prompted a massive refurbishing, including new canopies, a jetwash of the sandstone buildings, and platform retiling.
The station is currently undergoing a renaissance as a number of new services have been introduced. In 2005,
ArrivaTrains Wales announced a more frequent rail service to the town, coinciding with the bus to the station. Wrexham, as of 12 December 2005, is a stop on the Holyheadto Cardiffroute, allowing a two-hourly train to Cardiff using Arriva's flagship North Wales-South Wales service. In 2008 two rail companies will begin new operations from the station to London, including Wrexham & Shropshirewhose operational centre and depot will be located in the complex.
Arriva Trains Wales
Trains run hourly to Bidston, Chester & Shrewsbury and two-hourly to Birmingham, Cardiff and Holyhead on weekdays & Saturdays. There is a two-hourly service on Sundays to Chester & Birmingham and six services to Bidston.
Wrexham & Shropshire
* London Marylebone-
Wrexhamincluding Shrewsbury, Telfordand Tame Bridge Parkway.
Five trains per day each way on weekdays, four on Saturdays and three on Sundays.
Wrexham General comprises 6 platforms. Two bay platforms at the southern end of Platform 1 have recently been refurbished after decades of disuse. These were used for trains to
Barmouthvia the Ruabon Barmouth line until the 1960s. They are now used for Wrexham and Shropshireservices to London and overnight stabling of trains. Platforms 1 and 2 are on the main Chesterto Shrewsburyline, platform 3 being on an island platform opposite 2; and platform 4, until the mid-1980s a separate former Great Central Railwaystation named Wrexham Exchange, was on the ex-Ellesmere to Bidston line, now the Wrexham to Bidston Borderlands Line. Platform 5 used to be on the same route, but was pulled down when the line was singled.
On the 28th April 2008
Ieuan Wyn JonesAM, the Deputy First Minister for Walesopened a new Wrexham Network Raildepot. It consisted of the refurbishment of two terminal bay platforms to the south of the station for overnight stabling of trains and the construction of a crew depot. The development was opened to coincide with the start of services from Wrexham Generalto Londonby Wrexham and Shropshire, who will utilise the depot.
* [http://www.chester2shrewsburyrail.co.uk/ Chester to Shrewsbury Rail Partnership]
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