Prestatyn railway station
Infobox UK station
name = Prestatyn
caption = Prestatyn viewed from the footbridge
Arriva Trains Wales
usage0405 = 0.248
usage0506 = 0.250
usage0607 = 0.277
code = PRT
platforms = 2
latitude = 53.336111
longitude = -3.406944
events = Opened
Prestatyn railway station serves the town of
Prestatynin North Wales. It located on the North Wales Coast Lineand 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, Creweand Manchesterto Holyheadand Llandudno, and also by Virgin Trainsservices to and from London Euston.
The first railway station in Prestatyn opened in 1848, when the
Chester and Holyhead Railwayreached 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 platformthe only one still in use.
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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