Ebbw Vale Parkway railway station

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Ebbw Vale Parkway National Rail
Welsh: Parcffordd Glyn Ebwy
Ebbw Vale Parkway railway station in 2010.jpg
Location
Place Ebbw Vale
Local authority Blaenau Gwent
Grid reference SO175070
Operations
Station code EBV
Managed by Arriva Trains Wales
Owned by Network Rail
Number of platforms 1
DfT category F1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Decrease 0.246 million
2012/13 Increase 0.255 million
2013/14 Increase 0.264 million
2014/15 Decrease 0.254 million
2015/16 Decrease 0.102 million
History
Key dates Opened 6 February 2008 (6 February 2008)
Original company Network Rail
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Ebbw Vale Parkway from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Ebbw Vale Parkway railway station (Welsh: Gorsaf reilffordd Parcffordd Glyn Ebwy) is a station on the Ebbw Valley Railway in Wales. The station opened on 6 February 2008 when services to and from Cardiff Central commenced after 46 years of being a freight-only line. An northwards extension of the line to a new terminus at Ebbw Vale Town opened on 17 May 2015, which accounts for the drop in usage in 2015–16. A direct service to Newport is expected to commence in 2018 following double-tracking and re-signalling works between Aberbeeg and Crosskeys.

The station has been built on the site of the former Victoria station in the Victoria area of the Ebbw Vale conurbation. It consists of a single platform adjacent to Glan Ebbw Terrace, close to the A4046 Station Road.

Today, the current service is one train per hour to Cardiff Central calling at Llanhilleth, Newbridge, Crosskeys, Risca, Rogerstone, Pye Corner and Cardiff Central, departing at 40 minutes past each hour. The journey times to Cardiff is approximately fifty minutes. Occasional services continue beyond Cardiff to Swansea, Bridgend or Maesteg.[1]

Services are usually operated by Class 150 Sprinter units, although Class 142 & Class 143 Pacer units, Class 158 Super Sprinter and Class 175 Coradia units have been cleared to work the line.

There are bus stops adjacent to the station on the A4046. There are bus connections from here to nearby communities such as Cwm, the Garden Festival Shopping site, Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan and Ebbw Vale Town itself.

Demand for travel to and from the station was seriously under-estimated by the promoters of the line's reopening, even though the service provided was to Cardiff only and not to Newport as well, as originally assumed. For example, in 2008/09, usage at the station was forecast to be 50,000, for journeys on the lines to Cardiff and to Newport, but was actually about 250,000, for journeys on the line to Cardiff only. Part of the reason for the demand underforecast was the requirement that no demand from regeneration of the former steelworks area should be assumed.[2]

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Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Ebbw Vale Town   Arriva Trains Wales
Ebbw Vale Town - Cardiff Central
  Llanhilleth

Coordinates: 51°45′24″N 3°11′46″W / 51.7567°N 3.1961°W / 51.7567; -3.1961