Bath Spa railway station
Bath Spa railway station is the principal railway station in the city of Bath, in South West England.

Bath Spa station was built in 1840 for the Great Western Railway by Brunel and is a grade II* listed building . It is in an asymmetrical Tudor style with curving gables, and lies on the north bank of the Avon, with the line swerving elegantly across from the southern bank to the station and then back again. A convenient characteristic for passengers is that ramps lead up to both platforms, permitting the disabled or those with luggage to have ready access from the platforms to cars or taxis. There is also a footbridge, formerly tolled, leading directly from the station across the Avon and allowing direct access to the area of Widcombe. The station has wide spacing between the platforms as it was originally built when the GWR used broad gauge track. This large gap between the up and down-lines used to accommodate a through bi-directional line but is now empty.

Since the closure of the Midland Region station at Green Park after the Beeching report, all of Bath's rail services run through Bath Spa. The station is also conveniently situated for connection with bus services. The station has regular (approximately half-hourly each way) inter-city services to London Paddington via Swindon & Reading and to Bristol Temple Meads (with some extensions to Weston-super-Mare, Taunton and beyond). It is also served hourly (two-hourly on Sundays) by the Cardiff Central to Portsmouth Harbour and Gloucester & Bristol to Westbury and Weymouth regional trains, plus a limited service to London Waterloo via Salisbury and Basingstoke (four per day Monday-Saturday, two on Sunday). Since the May 2010 timetable started, an early morning CrossCountry service to Edinburgh via Bristol, Birmingham, Sheffield and Newcastle starts at Bath. It departs at 0609 on Mondays to Fridays. .

Since railway privatisation First Great Western has managed Bath Spa. In 2005 they obtained listed building consent for a number of alterations to the building, including the installation of lifts to the platforms. This is expected to enable them to remove the convenient direct access between the platforms and the car parks. Ticket Barriers have also been installed.

Other stations in Bath

Preceding station National Rail Following station Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western London - Bristol Chippenham Oldfield Park First Great Western Great Malvern/Gloucester - Westbury/South Coast Freshford Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western Cardiff Central - Portsmouth Harbour Bradford-on-Avon South West Trains London Waterloo - Bristol Bristol Temple Meads CrossCountry Cross-Country Route One northbound early morning journey Terminus Railway stations in Bath

Great Western Main Line to London

Bathford Halt

Wessex Main Line to Westbury


Hampton Row Halt

Bath Spa (ex- GWR)

Bath Green Park ( MR and SDJR)

Westmoreland Street ( GWR, later goods only)

Oldfield Park

( SDJR to Radstock )

Weston (Bath)


( MR to Bristol and Gloucester )

The only other open station in Bath is Oldfield Park, a small commuter station in a western suburb, with limited services to Bristol or Bath Spa, and onward stations. Other now closed stations in Bath were Green Park (the Midland terminus, of which the over-all roof and primary buildings survive, and which for most of its life was named "Bath Queen Square"), Bathampton and Weston (a suburban station on the Midland line which closed in 1953). Westmoreland Road, later a goods station, was the original GWR passenger station, and is now demolished). Twerton-on-Avon, and Hampton Row Halt, both on the GWR route, closed after World War I.

The station is located immediately on the south side of the SouthGate development project, a major new shopping centre completed in 2010. It is accessible from Manvers Street, which leads north into central Bath, or Widcombe in the opposite direction. The station is adjacent to the new bus station, completed in 2009. There are good views of the city centre on the approach to the station by train.

Great Western Main Line to Bristol


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