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Abergavenny railway station

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Welsh: Y Fenni
National Rail
Abergavenny Railway Station (geograph 6111784).jpg
Abergavenny station (April 2019)
LocationAbergavenny, Monmouthshire
Coordinates51°49′00″N 3°00′32″W / 51.8167°N 3.0088°W / 51.8167; -3.0088
Grid referenceSO305136
Managed byTransport for Wales
Other information
Station codeAGV
ClassificationDfT category D
Key dates
2 January 1854Station opens
19 July 1950Renamed Abergavenny Monmouth Road
6 May 1968Renamed Abergavenny
2015/16Increase 0.435 million
2016/17Decrease 0.426 million
2017/18Increase 0.437 million
2018/19Decrease 0.433 million
2019/20Decrease 0.415 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Abergavenny railway station (Welsh: Y Fenni) is situated southeast of the town centre of Abergavenny, Wales. It is part of the British railway system owned by Network Rail and is operated by Transport for Wales. It lies on the Welsh Marches Line from Newport to Hereford.

Abergavenny lies at the eastern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park and provides an access point to local services and public transport into the park. The station is Grade II listed and was designed by Charles Liddell in an Italianate architectural style when he was Chief Engineer of the Newport, Abergavenny and Hereford Railway.


The station, designed by Charles Liddell, Chief Engineer of the Newport, Abergavenny and Hereford Railway (NA&HR), is in an Italianate architecture style.[1]

The NA&HR amalgamated with other railways in 1860 to form the West Midland Railway, which itself amalgamated with the Great Western Railway in 1863.[2] The line then passed on to the Western Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948. In 1950, the station was renamed Abergavenny Monmouth Road, but reverted to its simple name in 1968. When sectorisation was introduced, the station was served by Regional Railways until the privatisation of British Railways.

Railway town

A branch line to Brynmawr was opened in 1862 starting at Abergavenny Junction station north of the current station, constructed by the Merthyr, Tredegar and Abergavenny Railway (MT&AR). The line also had a station in the town called Abergavenny Brecon Road, making three stations in all. This company was acquired by the London and North Western Railway in 1866. In 1958 the MT&AR passenger trains ceased and Abergavenny Junction was closed.

GWR Locomotive 'Abergavenny Castle'

A GWR Castle-class locomotive, number 5013, was named after Abergavenny Castle.


The station is staffed in the daytime, with the ticket office open seven days per week. It has disabled access to platforms, a cafeteria and toilets, plus large waiting rooms on both platforms. Train running information is provided via automated announcements, digital CIS displays and timetable posters, along with an customer help point on platform 1. Step-free access is available on the northbound platform at all times, but to the southbound one only when the ticket office is manned (as this requires the use of a barrow crossing with locked gates). There is also a footbridge linking the two platforms.[3]

The footbridge was temporarily replaced whilst Network Rail took down and restored the original footbridge between December 2018 and July 2019. The bridge was restored at a specialist company in Cardiff. Works involved adding anti-slip material to the deck and refurbishing the trestle support columns and staircases. Future works include providing the station with step-free access throughout as part of the Department of Transport Access for All fund, which will be match-funded by Transport for Wales.[4]


With a few exceptions, the weekday daytime service pattern typically sees one train per hour in each direction between Manchester Piccadilly and Cardiff Central, with most trains continuing beyond Cardiff to Swansea and West Wales. There is also a two-hourly service between Cardiff and the North Wales Coast Line to Holyhead via Wrexham General. These services are all operated by Transport for Wales.[5] The northbound Premier service from Cardiff to Holyhead calls here on Monday to Fridays but the southbound service does not call here.

Two trains per day in the early morning on weekdays to London Paddington, via Hereford and the Cotswold Line, commenced operation in December 2007. However, they were short lived, being withdrawn in December 2008; they were deemed pointless as changing at Newport was quicker. These services were operated by First Great Western.

Preceding station
National Rail
National Rail
Following station
Pontypool and New Inn
  Transport for Wales
Welsh Marches Line
Cwmbran   Transport for Wales
North-South "Premier" service
  Historical railways  
Line open, station closed
  Great Western Railway
Newport, Abergavenny and Hereford Railway
  Abergavenny Junction
Line open, station closed


  1. ^ "Abergavenny railway station". Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  2. ^ MacDermot, E.T. (1927). History of the Great Western Railway, vol. I: 1833–1863. Paddington: Great Western Railway. pp. 543, 553.
  3. ^ Abergavenny station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 10 April 2017
  4. ^
  5. ^ GB eNRT December 2015 Edition, Table 131

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