Gloucester to Newport Line
|Gloucester to Newport Line|
|Type||Suburban rail, Heavy rail|
|Locale||South East Wales, Severn Estuary, Gloucestershire|
|Stations||6 (14 disused)|
|Operator(s)||Arriva Trains Wales
First Great Western
|Rolling stock||Class 43 HST
Class 142 "Pacer"
Class 143 "Pacer"
Class 150 "Sprinter"
Class 158 "Express Sprinter"
Class 170 "Turbostar"
Class 175 "Coradia"
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
The places served by the route are:
- Connection with Dean Forest Railway
- Severn Tunnel Junction located in Rogiet
Local passenger services are currently provided by Arriva Trains Wales, with an approximately hourly service in each direction on the Cheltenham Spa to Maesteg service. These are supplemented by CrossCountry services between Cardiff Central and Nottingham, which serve Gloucester and Newport, serving either Lydney or Chepstow then fast to Newport for example. The intermediate stations are omitted except during the early morning and late evening.
Though Caldicot and Severn Tunnel Junction stations are only ¾ mile apart, Caldicot's centrality kept it open in 1964 when other small stations were closed under The Reshaping of British Railways. Severn Tunnel Junction serves the village of Rogiet and is where this line merges with the South Wales Main Line through the Severn Tunnel, so it is also a stop on the Cardiff Central-Bristol Temple Meads-Portsmouth Harbour service.
In 1977 the Parliamentary Select Committee on Nationalised Industries recommmended considering electrification of more of Britain's rail network, and by 1979 BR presented a range of options to do so by 2000. Options included electrifying numerous former Great Western routes including the Gloucester to Newport line. Under the 1979–90 Conservative governments that succeeded the 1976–79 Labour government the proposal was not implemented.
Accidents and incidents
- On 16 February 1880, a freight train was derailed when it was in collision with a large rock that had fallen onto the line 1.5 miles (2.4 km) south of Chepstow station, Monmouthshire.
- Anonymous (Winter 1979). Railway Electrification. British Railways Board (Central Publicity Unit). pp. 0–2, 8.
- Hoole, Ken (1982). Trains in Trouble: Vol. 3. Redruth: Atlantic Books. ISBN 0-906899-05-2.