- Hayle railway station
Infobox UK station
name = Hayle
caption = Looking east
First Great Western
latitude = 50.18560
longitude = -5.42010
code = HYL
platforms = 2
West Cornwall Railway
Great Western Railway
Great Western Railway
years = Opened
events = 1852
lowusage0203 = 34,802
lowusage0405 = 43,467
lowusage0506 = 51,299
lowusage0607 = 63,593
The main entrance is to the platform served by trains to Penzance, which is approached by a road from Foundry Square. A footpath allows level access to the other platform too, and this continues along the route of a closed railway track down towards the wharves opposite a bridge which leads across the water to the Towans. There is also access between the platforms over a foot crossing, which is unusual for a main line station where fast services pass through without stopping.
camping coachadjacent to the platform offers holiday accommodation.
Hayle is served by many of the
First Great Westerntrains on the Cornish Main Linebetween Penzance and Plymouth. Some trains run through to or from London Paddington station, including the Night Rivieraovernight sleeping car service.
There is one train each day operated by
CrossCountryproviding a service to Scotlandin the morning and returning in the evening.
The station was opened by the West Cornwall Railway on
11 March 1852when it replaced the original Hayle Railwayterminus, located in what is now the Isis RNLI Memorial Gardens.
During the 19th century, Hayle was a busy junction with goods lines running all round the town, many connecting from the embankment which is still visible behind the 'up' platform (accessed over the barrow crossing from the car park). However, the decline of shipping in the Hayle estuary meant that these freight lines were no longer of any use and, shortly after the end of
World War II, the original Hayle station was demolished.
This box was closed and demolished in 1982, when the Hayle Wharves branch line closed. The station buildings were also demolished at the same time.
* [http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~owend/interests/rail/stnpages/Hayle.html British Railway Stations - photographs of Hayle]
* [http://www.hayleeye.co.uk/ Hayle Eye] (follow links to History/Heritage then Railways)
* [http://www.railholiday.co.uk Railholiday camping coaches]
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