Bargoed railway station
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Bargoed railway station serves the town of Bargoed in the county borough of Caerphilly, South Wales. It is a stop on the Rhymney branch of the Valley Lines network. The station, which is the northernmost on the double-track section of the branch, has recently seen the reinstatement of a second platform (although it did at one time have three).
The station was opened on 31 March 1858 by the Rhymney Railway and was once a busy junction, serving lines to Newport (via Bedwas) and Brecon (the Brecon and Merthyr Tydfil Junction Railway) as well as the current route, but the latter pair were both closed to passengers on 31 December 1962 and completely in 1963/5. The junction site and trackbed of the old Brecon line is still visible north of the station.
In 1905 it was renamed Bargoed and Aber Bargoed reverting to its original name in 1924 There was another similarly-name station, Aber Bargoed, opened by the Brecon & Merthyr Junction Railway & located on the now defunct Newport line south of Bargoed South Junction.
On Mondays to Saturdays there are departures every 15 minutes southbound to Cardiff Central and Penarth, with an hourly service in the evenings. Sunday trains run every two hours and serve Barry Island rather than Penarth.
Northbound there is an hourly service to Rhymney on Mondays to Saturdays with a two-hourly Sunday service. The ongoing re-signalling scheme on the Valley Lines network has seen the signal box here closed and a new passing loop constructed at Tir-Phil. The plan for a half-hourly service through to/from Rhymney was due to be implemented at the December 2013 timetable change, but this has been postponed until at least December 2014 due to there being insufficient rolling stock available.
- Butt, R.V.J. (1995), The Directory of Railway Stations, Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd
- The Rail Engineer - Cardiff Area Resignalling Scheme www.therailengineer.com; Retrieved 2013-09-11
- GB National Rail Timetable May - December 2014, Table 130 (Network Rail)
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