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Valleys & Cardiff Local Routes

Valleys & Cardiff Local Routes (South Wales Valleys.[1]

The services are currently operated by Rhondda Cynon Taff, 15 in Caerphilly, 8 in Bridgend and 5 in Merthyr Tydfil.[2]

Services on these routes are provided by Class Barry Island.

The major hubs of the network are Cardiff Queen Street and Cardiff Central. Other hubs are Pontypridd, Bridgend and Barry.[3]

Contents

  • Electrification 1
  • Reopening of the Vale of Glamorgan Line 2
  • Lines 3
    • Routes 3.1
  • Surrounding lines 4
  • See also 5
  • External links 6
  • References 7

Electrification

On 16 July 2012 the UK Government announced plans to extend the electrification of the network at a cost of £350 million. This was at the same time of the announcement of electrification of the South Wales Main Line from Cardiff to Swansea. This would also see investment in new trains and continued improvements to stations. It is thought to start between 2014 and 2019.[4]

Reopening of the Vale of Glamorgan Line

A stretch of the Beeching Axe, re-opened for passenger service, with services from Cardiff Central to Bridgend, via Barry, Rhoose Cardiff Intl. Airport and Llantwit Major. These services were originally advertised to start in April 2005, but commenced on 12 June 2005.[5][6] Previously services only went as far as Barry.

Lines

The colours used below are from the official network map (see External links). Stations in bold are major interchanges for the network.[2]

     Butetown Branch Line      City Line      Coryton Line      Vale of Glamorgan Line

Cardiff Queen St.
Cardiff Bay

Cardiff Queen St.
Cardiff Central
Ninian Park
Waun-Gron Park
Fairwater
Danescourt
Radyr

Cardiff Central
Cardiff Queen St.
Heath Low Level
Ty Glas
Birchgrove
Rhiwbina
Whitchurch
Coryton

Cardiff Central
Grangetown
   Dingle Road
   Penarth
Cogan
Eastbrook
Dinas Powys
Cadoxton
Barry Docks
Barry
   Barry Island
Rhoose Cardiff Int. Airport
Llantwit Major
Bridgend

     Merthyr Line      Merthyr Line      Rhondda Line      Rhymney Line

Cardiff Central
Cardiff Queen St.
Cathays
Llandaf
Radyr
Taffs Well
Treforest Estate
Treforest
Pontypridd
Abercynon
Quakers Yard
Merthyr Vale
Troed-y-rhiw
Pentre-bach
Merthyr Tydfil

Cardiff Central
Cardiff Queen St.
Cathays
Llandaf
Radyr
Taffs Well
Treforest Estate
Treforest
Pontypridd
Abercynon
Penrhiwceiber
Mountain Ash
Fernhill
Cwmbach
Aberdare

Cardiff Central
Cardiff Queen St.
Cathays
Llandaf
Radyr
Taffs Well
Treforest Estate
Treforest
Pontypridd
Trehafod
Porth
Dinas Rhondda
Tonypandy
Llwynypia
Ystrad Rhondda
Ton Pentre
Treorchy
Ynyswen
Treherbert

Cardiff Central
Cardiff Queen St.
Heath High Level
Llanishen
Lisvane & Thornhill
Caerphilly
Aber
Energlyn and Churchill Park
Llanbradach
Ystrad Mynach
Hengoed
Pengam
Gilfach Fargoed
Bargoed
Brithdir
Tir-Phil
Pontlottyn
Rhymney

Routes

Generally some trains run from one line to another, joining at Cardiff Central eliminating the need for changing trains there. However they may not run for the whole length of the line.[7] Services run between:

  • Bridgend/Barry Island and Merthyr Tydfil/Aberdare - incorporating the Vale of Glamorgan and Merthyr Lines
  • Penarth and Treherbert - incorporating the Vale of Glamorgan and Rhondda Lines
  • Radyr and Coryton - incorporating the City and Coryton Lines

Surrounding lines

The following lines also serve Cardiff and the South Wales Valleys but are not considered part of the network by Arriva Trains Wales.

Maesteg - Cheltenham Ebbw Valley Railway

Cheltenham Spa
Gloucester
Lydney
Chepstow
Caldicot
Severn Tunnel Junction
Newport
Cardiff Central
Pontyclun
Llanharan
Pencoed
Bridgend
Wildmill
Sarn
Tondu
Garth
Maesteg (Ewenny Road)
Maesteg

Cardiff Central
Pye Corner
Rogerstone
Risca and Pontymister
Crosskeys
Newbridge
Llanhilleth
Ebbw Vale Parkway
Ebbw Vale Town

See also

External links

  • Detailed summary of all the Valley Lines()
  • Arriva Trains Wales
  • Arriva Trains Wales Network Map includes Valleys & Cardiff Local Routes Network Map
  • BBC News: New stations in £155m rail plans

References

  1. ^ http://www.networkrail.co.uk/browse%20documents/StrategicBusinessPlan/RoutePlans/2008/Route%2015%20-%20South%20Wales%20Valleys.pdf
  2. ^ a b http://www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk/WorkArea/showcontent.aspx?id=4776
  3. ^ Cardiff Central and Queen Street are where all services pass through and are interchanges to the national network. Pontypridd and Barry are the two stations with the largest passenger numbers outside of Cardiff and they are only served by this network. See respective WorldHeritage pages.
  4. ^ "Rail electrification to Swansea and south Wales valleys welcomed". BBC News Wales. 16 July 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.railfuture.org.uk/tiki-index.php?page=Vale+of+Glamorgan
  6. ^ "'"Airport rail link 'open in 2005. BBC News. 4 May 2004. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  7. ^ http://www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk/WorkArea/showcontent.aspx?id=5952
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