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Yate railway stationDescription : Yate railway station serves the town of Yate in South Gloucestershire, in south west England. The station is located on the main Bristol to Birmingham line between Bristol Parkway and Cam & Dursley, and is operated by Great Western Railway.The station is staffed on weekday mornings. It has two platforms, separated by the A432 road bridge. An automated ticket machine was installed in mid-2007, but stopped functioning due to vandalism and is reported to be "unlikely to be replaced in the fo... Page:y1

Yate National Rail
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150279 arrives at the Bristol side of the station.
Location
PlaceYate
Local authoritySouth Gloucestershire
Coordinates51°32′28″N 2°25′55″W / 51.5411°N 2.4319°W / 51.5411; -2.4319Coordinates: 51°32′28″N 2°25′55″W / 51.5411°N 2.4319°W / 51.5411; -2.4319
Grid referenceST701826
Operations
Station codeYAE
Managed byGreat Western Railway
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03 0.113 million
2004/05Increase 0.128 million
2005/06Increase 0.168 million
2006/07Increase 0.199 million
2007/08Increase 0.217 million
2008/09Increase 0.240 million
2009/10Increase 0.248 million
2010/11Increase 0.275 million
2011/12Increase 0.295 million
2012/13Increase 0.307 million
2013/14Increase 0.329 million
History
Original companyBristol and Gloucester Railway
Pre-groupingMidland Railway
Post-groupingLMS
1844Opened
1965Closed
1989Reopened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Yate from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Yate railway station serves the town of Yate in South Gloucestershire, in south west England. The station is located on the main Bristol to Birmingham line between Bristol Parkway and Cam & Dursley, and is operated by Great Western Railway.

The station is staffed on weekday mornings. It has two platforms, separated by the A432 road bridge. An automated ticket machine was installed in mid-2007, but stopped functioning due to vandalism and is reported to be "unlikely to be replaced in the foreseeable future". A new ticket machine was installed in 2013.

History

A 1909 Railway Clearing House map of railways in the vicinity of Yate
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Bristol Area Railway Map
Legend
Cross Country Route
Thornbury Branch Line
Yate
South Wales Main Line
New Passage Pier
Westerleigh Junction
New Passage Halt
Cross Hands Halt
South Wales Main Line
Pilning
Severn Beach
Coalpit Heath
Severn View Industrial Park
Winterbourne
Chittening Industrial Estate
Bristol Parkway
Patchway
Smoke Lane Industrial Estate
Ram Hill Colliery
Chittening Platform
Hallen Halt
Avonmouth Docks
Henbury
St Andrews Road
Charlton Halt
Avonmouth (BPRP)
North Filton Platform
Filton Triangle Depot
Avonmouth (Royal Edward)
Westerleigh Goods Depot
Avonmouth Docks
Avonmouth
Filton Junction
Avonmouth Light Railway
Filton
Avonmouth Docks
Filton Abbey Wood
Shirehampton
Horfield
Sea Mills
Ashley Hill
Clifton Down Tunnel
Mangotsfield(1845–1869)
Clifton Down
Mangotsfield(1869–1966)
Redland
Staple Hill
Montpelier
Fishponds
Hotwells Halt
Hotwells
Narroways Hill Junction
Stapleton Road sidings
Grey line represents
Stapleton Road
boundary of Bristol
Warmley
unitary authority area
Lawrence Hill
Waste depot
Oldland Common
Bristol St Philip's
Barton Hill Depot
St Mary Redcliffe tunnel
Bristol Temple Meads
Bristol Temple Meads
Bristol Harbour Railway
St Philips Marsh T&RSMD
Bedminster
Parson Street
Bristol Docks (North)
Bristol Docks (South)
South Liberty Lane Depot
East Depot
Bitton
Ashton Gate
St Anne's Park
Clifton Bridge
Brislington
Nightingale Valley Halt
Long Ashton
Ham Green Halt
Avon Riverside
Pill
Keynsham
Portbury shipyard
Whitchurch Halt
Royal Portbury Dock
Kelston
Portbury Shipyard
Saltford
Portbury
Mangotsfield Branch Line
(1954–1964)Portishead
Great Western Main Line
Weston, Clevedon and
Portishead Light Railway
Bristol & North Somerset Rly
(1879–1954)Portishead
Bristol to Exeter Line
Portishead Pier
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Bristol and Gloucester Railway
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Gloucester to Newport Line (SWR)
to Newport
Gloucester
Birmingham & Gloucester Rly (MR)
to Birmingham
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(1854-1965)Haresfield
Golden Valley Line (GWR)
to Swindon
Stonehouse (Bristol Road)
(Closed 1965)
Stonehouse & Nailsworth Rly (MR)
to Nailsworth/Stroud
Stroudwater Navigation
(Closed 1961)Frocester
Cam and Dursley(Opened 1994)
(1856-1965)Coaley Junction
Dursley & Midland Junction Rly (MR)
to Dursley
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Berkeley Road(Closed 1965)
Sharpness Branch Line (MR)
to Sharpness
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(Closed 1965)Charfield
Wickwar(Closed 1965)
Wickwar tunnel
Yate to Thornbury Branch Line (MR)
to Thornbury
Yate(
Closed 1965
Reopened 1989
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Westerleigh Junction
South Wales Main Line (GWR)
to London Paddington
Coalpit Heath Sidings
Ram Hill Colliery
Westerleigh Goods Depot
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Bristol Parkway
Mangotsfield & Bath Branch Line (MR)
to Bath
South Wales Main Line (GWR)
to Swansea
Mangotsfield(1845-1966)
Goods line
to Avonmouth docks
Staple Hill(1888-1966)
Staple Hill Tunnel
Filton Abbey Wood
Fishponds(1866-1966)
Avonside Locomotive Works
Clifton Extension Rly (GWR & MR)
to Avonmouth
Kingswood Junction
River Frome
Atlas Locomotive Works
and collieries
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Stapleton Road
Lawrence Hill
Waste Depot
Goods Depots
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Terminus
1870-1953
)Bristol St Philips
Bristol Harbour
River Avon (from Bath)
(GWR)
Temple Meads
Goods Depot
Great Western Main Line
to London Paddington
Bristol Temple Meads
Bridge over Victoria Street
Tunnel under
St Mary Redcliffe churchyard
Bristol Harbour Railway
St Philips Marsh TMD
River Avon (to the sea)
Bristol & North Somerset Rly (GWR)
Bristol and Exeter Railway (GWR)
to Taunton and Exeter

The Yate station first opened on 8 July 1844 and closed in January 1965, along with other wayside stations on the former Bristol and Gloucester Railway; the local stopping service on the route having been withdrawn as a result of the Beeching Axe. This had both its platforms on the southern side of the road bridge mentioned above - the original 1844 goods shed still stands (now in commercial use) next to the old southbound platform site. The station was reopened by British Rail on 11 May 1989 with the backing of Avon County Council.

When first open, trains headed south along the original B&GR/Midland route via Fishponds to reach Bristol, although a connection was subsequently laid in to link this route with the rival Great Western Railway's 1903 "Badminton Line" from Wooton Bassett to Patchway (the current South Wales Main Line) in 1908. The new connection left the older line by means a flying junction at Yate South before heading southwest to join the SWML at the triangular Westerleigh Junction. Though jointly built by the two companies for the purpose of giving the GWR access to the Severn Rail Bridge and Severn and Wye Railway, it also provided an alternative route to Bristol Temple Meads via Filton and the Great Western soon made use of it to compete with the Midland for Bristol to Birmingham traffic, much to the dismay of the latter company. All services now use this newer line to get to Bristol, as the original 1844 route through Mangotsfield was abandoned in January 1970 following the completion of the Bristol area resignalling scheme. A short section of the old route was retained from Yate South Junction after the rest closed, to serve a domestic waste transfer depot & fuel oil distribution terminal at Westerleigh sidings. This line is still in use today.

It is the junction station for the Thornbury Branchline, however the passenger stations on this branch have long since closed (trains ceased in 1944) and the line remained open to serve Tytherington Quarry until September 2013, when it was placed 'Out of Use' by Network Rail following the mothballing of the quarry at the beginning of the year.

In the Strategic Rail Authority’s 2007/08 financial year, Yate was ranked as the 1104th most-used station in the UK.

Services

The station is served Monday to Saturday by a train every hour in both directions between Gloucester and Westbury via Bristol Temple Meads (with two-hourly extensions to/from Worcester & Great Malvern, and to/from Weymouth) southbound, plus a single service to/from Brighton). There have been proposals put forward to run additional services to/from Bristol as part of the second phase of the Greater Bristol Metro plans first put forward in 2008 and rebranded as "MetroWest" in 2013. If implemented the station would become the new northern terminus of the current Weston-super-Mare to Bristol Parkway local service, though this would not happen until after Phase 1 of the scheme is completed in 2019.

Yate station is also served by a two-hourly Sunday service. A normal service operates on most bank holidays.

Preceding stationNational Rail National RailFollowing station
Bristol Parkway Great Western Railway
Gloucester - Westbury
 Cam and Dursley
Disused railways
Mangotsfield
Line and station closed
 Bristol and Gloucester Railway
Midland Railway
 Wickwar
Station closed
Terminus Thornbury Branch Line
Midland Railway
 Iron Acton
Station closed
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