Ebbw Vale Parkway railway station

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Ebbw Vale Parkway National Rail
Welsh: Parcffordd Glyn Ebwy
Ebbw Vale Parkway
Location
Place Ebbw Vale
Local authority Blaenau Gwent
Grid reference SO175070
Operations
Station code EBV
Managed by Arriva Trains Wales
Owned by Network Rail
Number of platforms 1
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2007/08  52,419
2008/09 Increase 0.261 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.233 million
2010/11 Increase 0.247 million
2011/12 Decrease 0.246 million
2012/13 Increase 0.255 million
History
Key dates Opened 6 February 2008 (6 February 2008)
Original company Network Rail
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Ebbw Vale Parkway from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Ebbw Vale Parkway railway station (Welsh: Parcffordd Glyn Ebwy) is the current terminus of the Ebbw Valley Railway in Wales. The station opened on 6 February 2008 when services to and from Cardiff Central commenced after 46 years of being a freight-only line. Plans include extending services to Ebbw Vale Town and restoration of an hourly service to Newport.

The station has been built on a site close to the former Victoria station in the Victoria area of the Ebbw Vale conurbation. It consists of a single platform adjacent to Glan Ebbw Terrace, close to the A4046 Station Road.

Today, the current service is one train per hour to Cardiff Central calling at Llanhilleth, Newbridge, Crosskeys, Risca, Rogerstone and Cardiff Central, departing at 40 minutes past each hour. Journey times to Cardiff are approximately fifty minutes.

The 15:40 departure from Ebbw Vale has recently been extended to Bridgend, calling additionally at Pontyclun, Llanharan and Pencoed. This particular service is booked for a Class 153 Super Sprinter and a Class 158 Express Sprinter unit attached together.[citation needed]

Services are operated by Class 150 Sprinter units, although Class 142 & Class 143 Pacer units and Class 175 Coradia units have been cleared to work the line, and may make an appearance when the Newport extension comes into place.

Bus stops are also located on the nearby A4046 and provide access to services to nearby communities such as Cwm, the Garden Festival Shopping site and Ebbw Vale Town itself.

Demand for travel to and from the station was seriously under-estimated by the promoters of the line's reopening, even though the service provided was to Cardiff only and not to Newport as well, as originally assumed. For example, in 2008/09, usage at the station was forecast to be 50,000, for journeys on the lines to Cardiff and to Newport, but was actually about 250,000, for journeys on the line to Cardiff only. Part of the reason for the demand underforecast was the requirement that no demand from regeneration of the former steelworks area should be assumed.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Steer Davies Gleave (August 2010). "Station Usage and Demand Forecasts for Newly Opened Railway Lines and Stations". Department for Transport. pp. 125–126. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Terminus   Arriva Trains Wales
Ebbw Vale Parkway - Cardiff Central
  Llanhilleth
Future services
Ebbw Vale Town   Arriva Trains Wales
Ebbw Vale Town - Cardiff Central
  Llanhilleth

Coordinates: 51°45′24″N 3°11′46″W / 51.7567°N 3.1961°W / 51.7567; -3.1961