Valleys & Cardiff Local Routes

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"Valley Lines" redirects here. For the company, see Valley Lines (train operating company). For other uses, see Valley line.
Valley Lines and surrounding network
Treherbert
Rhymney
Ynyswen
Ebbw Vale Town
Aberdare
Merthyr Tydfil
Treorchy
Pontlottyn
Cwmbach
Ebbw Vale Parkway
Ton Pentre
Pentre-bach
Ystrad Rhondda
Tir-Phil
Fernhill
Troed-y-rhiw
Llwynypia
Cwm
Mountain Ash
Merthyr Vale
Tonypandy
Brithdir
Dinas Rhondda
Bargoed
Penrhiwceiber
Abertillery
Porth
Quakers Yard
Trehafod
Llanhilleth
Abercynon North (Closed)
Gilfach Fargoed
Abercynon
Pengam
Pontypridd
Hengoed
Treforest
Newbridge
Treforest Estate
Ystrad Mynach
Taff's Well
Llanbradach
Coryton
Energlyn
Whitchurch
Crosskeys
Rhiwbina
Aber
Radyr
Caerphilly
Birchgrove
Risca and Pontymister
Ty Glas
Lisvane & Thornhill
Llandaf
Llanishen
Cathays
Heath Low / High Level
Danescourt
Rogerstone
Cardiff Queen Street
Pye Corner
Fairwater
Newport
Waun-Gron Park
Welsh Marches Line
Cardiff Bay
Severn Tunnel Junction
Cardiff Central Connection to regional/long-distance trains
South Wales Main Line
River Taff
   to Bristol Parkway
Grangetown
Caldicot
Ninian Park
Chepstow
Cogan
Dingle Road
Eastbrook
Penarth
Dinas Powys
Welsh/English Border
Cadoxton
Lydney
Barry Docks
Gloucester
Pontyclun
Cheltenham Spa
Barry
Llanharan
Barry Island
Pencoed
Rhoose Cardiff Int Apt
Cardiff International
Llantwit Major
   Airport
Bridgend
South Wales Main Line
Wildmill
   to Swansea
Sarn
Tondu
Garth
Maesteg (Ewenny Road)
Maesteg

Valleys & Cardiff Local Routes (Welsh: Llwybrau Lleol y Cymoedd a Chaerdydd) (formerly Valley Lines) is the busy network of passenger suburban railway services radiating from Cardiff, Wales. It includes lines within the city itself, the Vale of Glamorgan and the South Wales Valleys.[1]

The services are currently operated by Arriva Trains Wales. In total, it serves 81 stations in six unitary authority areas: 20 in the city of Cardiff, 11 in the Vale of Glamorgan, 25 in Rhondda Cynon Taff, 15 in Caerphilly, 8 in Bridgend and 5 in Merthyr Tydfil.[2]

Services on these routes are provided by Class 142, 143 and 150 DMUs, and are typically end-to-end, in that they run from one branch terminus, through Cardiff Queen Street station, to another branch terminus, e.g. from Pontypridd to Barry Island.

The major hubs of the network are Cardiff Queen Street and Cardiff Central. Other hubs are Pontypridd, Bridgend and Barry.[3]

On 16 July 2012 the UK Government announced plans to extend the electrification of the network at a cost of £350 million. This was at the same time of the announcement of electrification of the South Wales Main Line from Cardiff to Swansea. This would also see investment in new trains and continued improvements to stations. It is thought to start between 2014 and 2019.[4]

Reopening of the Vale of Glamorgan Line[edit]

A stretch of the Vale of Glamorgan Line, on which passenger services were closed under the Beeching Axe, re-opened for passenger service, with services from Cardiff Central to Bridgend, via Barry, Rhoose Cardiff Intl. Airport and Llantwit Major. These services were originally advertised to start in April 2005, but commenced on 12 June 2005.[5][6] Previously services only went as far as Barry.

Lines[edit]

The colours used below are from the official network map (see External links). Stations in bold are major interchanges for the network.[2]

     Butetown Branch Line      City Line      Coryton Line      Vale of Glamorgan Line

Cardiff Queen St.
Cardiff Bay

Cardiff Queen St.
Cardiff Central
Ninian Park
Waun-Gron Park
Fairwater
Danescourt
Radyr

Cardiff Central
Cardiff Queen St.
Heath Low Level
Ty Glas
Birchgrove
Rhiwbina
Whitchurch
Coryton

Cardiff Central
Grangetown
   Dingle Road
   Penarth
Cogan
Eastbrook
Dinas Powys
Cadoxton
Barry Docks
Barry
   Barry Island
Rhoose Cardiff Int. Airport
Llantwit Major
Bridgend

     Merthyr Line      Merthyr Line      Rhondda Line      Rhymney Line

Cardiff Central
Cardiff Queen St.
Cathays
Llandaf
Radyr
Taffs Well
Treforest Estate
Treforest
Pontypridd
Abercynon
Quakers Yard
Merthyr Vale
Troed-y-rhiw
Pentre-bach
Merthyr Tydfil

Cardiff Central
Cardiff Queen St.
Cathays
Llandaf
Radyr
Taffs Well
Treforest Estate
Treforest
Pontypridd
Abercynon
Penrhiwceiber
Mountain Ash
Fernhill
Cwmbach
Aberdare

Cardiff Central
Cardiff Queen St.
Cathays
Llandaf
Radyr
Taffs Well
Treforest Estate
Treforest
Pontypridd
Trehafod
Porth
Dinas Rhondda
Tonypandy
Llwynypia
Ystrad Rhondda
Ton Pentre
Treorchy
Ynyswen
Treherbert

Cardiff Central
Cardiff Queen St.
Heath High Level
Llanishen
Lisvane & Thornhill
Caerphilly
Aber
Llanbradach
Ystrad Mynach
Hengoed
Pengam
Gilfach Fargoed
Bargoed
Brithdir
Tir-Phil
Pontlottyn
Rhymney

Routes[edit]

Generally some trains run from one line to another, joining at Cardiff Central eliminating the need for changing trains there. However they may not run for the whole length of the line.[7] Services run between:

  • Bridgend/Barry Island and Merthyr Tydfil/Aberdare - incorporating the Vale of Glamorgan and Merthyr Lines
  • Penarth and Treherbert - incorporating the Vale of Glamorgan and Rhondda Lines
  • Radyr and Coryton - incorporating the City and Coryton Lines

Surrounding lines[edit]

The following lines also serve Cardiff and the South Wales Valleys but are not considered part of the network by Arriva Trains Wales.[citation needed]

Maesteg - Cheltenham Ebbw Valley Railway

Cheltenham Spa
Gloucester
Lydney
Chepstow
Caldicot
Severn Tunnel Junction
Newport
Cardiff Central
Pontyclun
Llanharan
Pencoed
Bridgend
Wildmill
Sarn
Tondu
Garth
Maesteg (Ewenny Road)
Maesteg

Cardiff Central
Pye Corner
Rogerstone
Risca and Pontymister
Crosskeys
Newbridge
Llanhilleth
Ebbw Vale Parkway

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.networkrail.co.uk/browse%20documents/StrategicBusinessPlan/RoutePlans/2008/Route%2015%20-%20South%20Wales%20Valleys.pdf
  2. ^ a b http://www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk/WorkArea/showcontent.aspx?id=4776
  3. ^ Cardiff Central and Queen Street are where all services pass through and are interchanges to the national network. Pontypridd and Barry are the two stations with the largest passenger numbers outside of Cardiff and they are only served by this network. See respective Wikipedia pages.
  4. ^ "Rail electrification to Swansea and south Wales valleys welcomed". BBC News Wales. 16 July 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.railfuture.org.uk/tiki-index.php?page=Vale+of+Glamorgan
  6. ^ "Airport rail link 'open in 2005'". BBC News. 4 May 2004. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  7. ^ http://www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk/WorkArea/showcontent.aspx?id=5952