Cardiff Bay railway station
|Welsh: Bae Caerdydd|
Cardiff Bay railway station
|Managed by||Arriva Trains Wales|
|Number of platforms||1|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|9 October 1840||Line opened|
|December 1844||Station opened as Cardiff Bute Dock|
|1845||Renamed Cardiff Docks|
|1 July 1924||Renamed Cardiff Bute Road|
|26 September 1994||Renamed Cardiff Bay|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Cardiff Bay from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
Cardiff Bay railway station (Welsh: Bae Caerdydd), formerly Cardiff Bute Road, is a station serving the Cardiff Bay and Butetown areas of Cardiff, Wales. It is the southern terminus of the Butetown Branch Line 1 mile (1.5 km) south of Cardiff Queen Street.
Only one platform is now in use. The station building remains disused and is boarded up. The station building lies on Bute Street, although the rest of the station remains visible from the nearby Lloyd George Avenue. For various reasons, including it being the origin of the first steam-powered passenger train service in Wales, the station is a Grade II* listed building.
Passenger services are provided by Arriva Trains Wales.
The line to the docks was opened on 9 October 1840 but the station was not mentioned in Bradshaw's railway timetables until December 1844. It was opened as "Cardiff Bute Dock" but the name was changed to "Cardiff Docks" in 1845 by the Taff Vale Railway (engineer: Isambard Kingdom Brunel). The station building was the head office of the TVR until 1862. After this it also housed the consulates of the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal and Brazil, with separate flag poles provided for each nation.
The building was restored in the 1980s and served for a time as a railway museum under the auspices of the National Museums and Galleries of Wales and the Butetown Historical Railway Society (which in 1997 relocated its activities to the Vale of Glamorgan Railway).
There is a shuttle service between Cardiff Queen Street and Cardiff Bay every 12 minutes Monday to Saturdays (between 0630 and 2330) and every 12 minutes on Sundays (between 1100 and 1630). The service was formerly operated by a Class 121 "bubble car", but this was withdrawn in June 2013.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Terminus||Arriva Trains Wales
Butetown Branch Line
|Cardiff Queen Street|
- Quick, Michael (2009). Railway Passenger Stations in Great Britain - A Chronology. Railway & Canal Historical Society. ISBN 9780901461575.
- Hutton, John (2006). The Taff Vale Railway, vol. 1. Silver Link. ISBN 9781857942491.
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