Ninian Park railway station
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|Welsh: Parc Ninian|
|Managed by||Arriva Trains Wales|
|Number of platforms||2|
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened 1987|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Ninian Park from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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The station, is 1 mile (1.6 km) west of Cardiff Central. It was opened when the City Line reopened to passenger services in 1987, using platforms previously used only for special trains run in connection with football matches. For this reason it has the longest platforms on the line, accommodating up to nine coaches, rather than two coaches as at the other three stations opened at the same time. The station appeared on Ordnance Survey maps from at least as early as 1946 until the early 1980s as a white circle, denoting that it was closed to regular passenger services. Ninian Park is the white circle west of the city centre:
The station is near the former Cardiff City F.C. stadium and is next to the South Wales Main Line, but trains on this route do not stop. Cardiff Canton Traction Maintenance Depot is adjacent to the station.
Cardiff City Stadium is within five minutes' walk of the station, over the road from the station's namesake Ninian Park Stadium. However, trains do not run to the station within three hours of a match due to fears that platforms cannot safely accommodate large numbers of passengers attending.
Trains run every half hour in each direction Mondays - Saturday daytimes, eastbound to Coryton via Cardiff Central and westbound to Radyr (where connections are available for stations further north). This drops to hourly during the evenings.
There is no Sunday service.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Cardiff Central||Arriva Trains Wales
Coryton - Cardiff Queen Street - Radyr