Cardiff Bay railway station
|Welsh: Bae Caerdydd|
Cardiff Bay railway station
|Managed by||Transport for 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|
|December 2023||Proposed closure|
|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.|
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.
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).
In August 2017, plans to build an office and apartment block next to a Grade II-listed former railway station in Cardiff were approved. These included renovating and converting the derelict building and link it to a new four-storey building. The new building would house 10 flats, offices and a cafe. The Victorian Society said the Bute Street station was one of the oldest and most significant railway structures in Wales and last year appeared on its list of the 10 most endangered buildings. It said it supported a sensitive restoration scheme but the current proposal would cause a "high degree of harm to the building and its setting".
In June 2018, new operator Transport for Wales Rail Services announced plans to build an extension and new terminus for the Butetown Branch, along with an intermediate station at Loudoun Square. These will replace the existing station, which will close.
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) using a Class 153 "Super Sprinter". The service was formerly operated by a Class 121 "bubble car", but this was withdrawn in June 2013.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Cardiff Queen Street||Transport for Wales
Butetown Branch Line
- Cadw. "Cardiff Bay Station (Grade II*) (13963)". National Historic Assets of Wales. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
- 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.
- Cardiff Bay Station revamp and extension plan approved https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-40953047
- "New trains and more services in £5bn deal". BBC News. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
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