Severn Tunnel Junction railway station


Severn Tunnel Junction railway station

Coordinates: 51°35′03″N 2°46′38″W / 51.5842°N 2.7771°W / 51.5842; -2.7771

Severn Tunnel Junction National Rail
Cyffordd Twnnel Hafren
Severn Tunnel Junction
Severn Tunnel Junction station before the recent (January 2010) restoration of a fourth line and platform
Location
Place Rogiet
Local authority Monmouthshire
Operations
Station code STJ
Managed by Arriva Trains Wales
Number of platforms 4
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage
2004/05 *   118,092
2005/06 * increase 119,729
2006/07 * increase 134,648
2007/08 * increase 140,192
2008/09 * increase 148,836
2009/10 * increase 169,667
History
1850
c. 1886
Opened as Rogiet
Renamed Severn Tunnel Junction
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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Severn Tunnel Junction from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Please note: methodology may vary year on year.
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Severn Tunnel Junction railway station (Welsh: Cyffordd Twnnel Hafren) is a small railway station on the western side of the Severn Tunnel at Rogiet, Monmouthshire, Wales. It lies at the junction of the South Wales Main Line from London and the Gloucester to Newport Line.

Originally called Rogiet Station[1] after the nearby village, it was renamed after the opening of the Severn Tunnel in 1886.

The next station to the west is Newport. The next stations to the east are at Pilning in South Gloucestershire (through the tunnel) and nearby Caldicot (on the Gloucester line).

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History

Severn Tunnel Junction Yards in 1961
Severn Tunnel Junction Locomotive Depot in 1951

The Great Western Railway built a major goods yard at the junction, which sorted coal coming from the South Wales Valleys to the London and the Midlands; while in reverse, it sorted goods from the rest of the UK to South Wales. The station and goods yard were heavily bombed during World War II, due to the large goods yard facility.[2]

From 1924 to 1966 Severn Tunnel Junction was the terminus of a car transport service through the tunnel to Pilning. The service was made redundant by the opening of the Severn Bridge in 1966.[3]

As a result of reduced coal and industrial production from the mid-1980s from South Wales, and increases in fixed goods formations, Severn Tunnel Junction goods yard and locomotive depot were closed from 12 October 1987 with residual marshalling moving to Newport railway station.[4] After the tracks were lifted in the early 1990s, part of the site of the former goods yard was used for the toll booths for the Second Severn Crossing.

Current Developments

Network Rail is currently remodelling the track layout at Severn Tunnel Junction in conjunction with resignalling work, due to be completed by 2014.[5] This will provide improved operational flexibility, reduce maintenance costs and re-instate a fourth through platform. SEWTA intends use the opportunity to improve passenger facilities at the station.

Since 4 January 2010 the new track configuration is in use. The South Wales Main Line now uses platforms 3 and 4 and Gloucester to Newport Line platforms 1 and 2. There are no rail connections between the platforms east of the station as high-speed crossovers have been provided to the west.

Services

[v · d · e]Severn Tunnel Junction
Legend
Continuation backward
South Wales Main Line to Newport
Junction to left Track turning from right
Right side of cross-platform interchange Left side of cross-platform interchange
Severn Tunnel Junction
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Stop on track Straight track
Caldicot
Straight track Enter tunnel
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South Wales Main Line towards Bristol (in tunnel)
Junction to left Continuation to right
freight line to Caerwent Training Area
Continuation forward
Gloucester to Newport Line
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Newport   Arriva Trains Wales
Maesteg / Cardiff Central - Cheltenham Spa
  Caldicot
Newport   CrossCountry
Cardiff Central - Birmingham New Street / Nottingham
(Mondays to Saturdays only, limited service)
  Caldicot
CrossCountry
Cardiff Central - Manchester Piccadilly via Bristol Temple Meads
(Mondays to Saturdays only, limited service)
Patchway
Newport   First Great Western
Cardiff Central - Taunton
(Mondays to Saturdays only)
  Patchway
or
Pilning
First Great Western
Cardiff Central - Portsmouth Harbour / Brighton
(Mondays to Saturdays, morning and evening peak only and Sundays)
Filton Abbey Wood

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