Prestatyn railway station


Prestatyn railway station

Infobox UK station
name = Prestatyn


caption = Prestatyn viewed from the footbridge
manager = Arriva Trains Wales
locale = Prestatyn
borough = Denbighshire
usage0405 = 0.248
usage0506 = 0.250
usage0607 = 0.277
code = PRT
platforms = 2
latitude = 53.336111
longitude = -3.406944
years = 1897
events = Opened

Prestatyn railway station serves the town of Prestatyn in North Wales. It located on the North Wales Coast Line and was opened in 1848. The coming of the railway is credited with bringing prosperity to the town, which was an aspiring resort. [cite web |url=http://www.visitprestatyn.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=76&Itemid=89 |publisher=Visit Prestatyn |title=Railway line history |accessdate=2008-09-12] The station is managed by Arriva Trains Wales, and is served by that company's services from Cardiff, Crewe and Manchester to Holyhead and Llandudno, and also by Virgin Trains services to and from London Euston.

History

The first railway station in Prestatyn opened in 1848, when the Chester and Holyhead Railway reached the town. Later, the line became part on the London & North Western Railway, who quadrupled it through the town in 1897 and built the current station as part of the widening scheme. [cite web |url=http://www.subbrit.org.uk/sb-sites/stations/p/prestatyn/ |title=Prestatyn first station |publisher=Disused Stations |accessdate=2008-09-12] Although threatened with closure in the 1960s as part of the Beeching cuts, objections meant the station was reprieved. [cite web |url=http://www.nwrail.org.uk/nwhist.htm |title=North Wales Coast Railway History |publisher=North Wales Coast Railway|author=Charlie Hulme |accessdate=2008-09-12] It has however reverted to double track operation, with the former fast line centre island platform the only one still in use.

ervices

The hourly Manchester to Llandudno and Crewe/Cardiff to Holyhead services both call here, giving the station two trains each hour to Chester and Llandudno Junction. There are also five through trains each weekday (four on Saturdays) to and from London.Both routes operate on a two-hourly frequency on Sundays, and there are two through trains to London.

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