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Avonmouth
Avonmouth
Avonmouth railway station
Location
Place Avonmouth
Local authority Bristol
Coordinates 51°30′00″N 2°41′57″W / 51.5001°N 2.6992°W / 51.5001; -2.6992Coordinates: 51°30′00″N 2°41′57″W / 51.5001°N 2.6992°W / 51.5001; -2.6992
Operations
Station code AVN
Managed by First Great Western
Platforms in use 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail
Annual rail passenger usage
2002/03 * 40,089
2004/05 * 33,815
2005/06 * 43,365
2006/07 * 47,834
2007/08 * 44,468
History
1877 Built 2nd Avonmouth station as Avonmouth Dock
1885 Tracks doubled
1920s Rebuilt
1966 Renamed Avonmouth
National Rail - UK railway stations
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 Avonmouth from Office of Rail Regulation statistics.

Avonmouth railway station serves the suburb of Avonmouth in Bristol. This is the main terminus of the line; however, a few trains a day continue to St Andrews Road and Severn Beach.

This station is 9 miles (14 km) north-west from Bristol Temple Meads on the Severn Beach Line. All trains serving it are operated and the station is managed by First Great Western.

In Avonmouth 4 stations in the past have served the suburb. They were Avonmouth, Avonmouth Dock, Avonmouth Docks and Royal Edward. This station was the 2nd one to be built. Now only the Avonmouth Dock station (the former name of this station) and St Andrews Road remain.[1]

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History

The RCH Atlas of 1914 shows the then-extensive railway network around Avonmouth.

Opened by the Great Western Railway it remained part of that company during the Grouping of 1923. The station then passed on to the Western Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948.

When sectorisation was introduced in the 1980s, the station was served by Regional Railways until the privatisation of British Railways.

Services

From Sunday 18 May 2008 an improved service commenced operation on the line[2]. Trains start earlier in the morning and finish later in the evening, with three trains in every 2-hour cycle during the daytime. In addition to improving the frequency of services this has also increased turnaround time, so the timetable should be more reliable. This will have the unfortunate side-effect of trains not being at the same times past each hour.

Services to Severn Beach have been reduced overall, with only one train every two hours Mondays to Fridays, as opposed to the current service provided by a bus every hour connecting with every train. However, overall journey time is shortened by 8 minutes by removing the need to change at Avonmouth. The bus continues to run on Saturdays to provide one journey per hour to/from Severn Beach. For the first time in recent history, there is a Sunday service, with hourly departures between 10am and 6pm from Bristol to Avonmouth, running until September only. St Andrew's Road and Severn Beach itself continue to have no Sunday service.

Preceding station National Rail Following station
Terminus
or
St Andrews Road
  First Great Western
Severn Beach Line
  Shirehampton

References

Further reading

  • Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199.  
  • Jowett, Alan (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas (1st ed.). Penryn, Cornwall: Atlantic Transport Publishers. ISBN 0-9068-9999-0. OCLC 228266687.  
  • Jowett, Alan (March 1989). Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0086-1. OCLC 22311137.  

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