Coryton Line

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Coryton Line
Overview
Type Heavy Rail
System National Rail
Locale Cardiff
Operation
Owner Network Rail
Technical
No. of tracks Single track throughout
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Coryton Line
Coryton (closed Sundays)
Whitchurch (closed Sundays)
Rhiwbina (closed Sundays)
Birchgrove (closed Sundays)
Ty Glas (closed Sundays)
Heath Low Level
Rhymney Line
Merthyr & Rhondda Line
Cardiff Queen Street for Rhymney, Merthyr, Rhondda, Vale and Maesteg lines
Cardiff Central for South Wales Main Line and Cardiff City Line


The Coryton Line is a commuter railway line in Cardiff from the city centre to Heath, Birchgrove, Rhiwbina, Whitchurch and Coryton. It was originally opened as part of the main line of the Cardiff Railway.

The line is currently operated by Arriva Trains Wales (ATW) as part of the Valley Lines network. ATW replaced the previous franchise, Wales & Borders Trains in December 2003. Rolling stock seen operating the line are normally class 143 or 142s. However due to the occasional shortages of rolling stock it has been known to see class 150s or even 158s operating services.

Services normally continue to Radyr via the City Line and then back towards Coryton.

Electrification of the Line[edit]

On 16 July 2012 plans to electrify the line were announced by the Government as part of a £9.4bn package of investment of the railways in England and Wales.[1]

The announcement was made as an extension of the electrification of the South Wales Main Line from Cardiff to Swansea and the electrification of the south Wales Valley Lines at a total cost of £350 million. The investment will require new trains and should result in reduced journeys times and a cheaper to maintain network. It is thought to start between 2014 and 2019.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18851907
  2. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-18852955

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