Ebbw Vale Town railway station

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Ebbw Vale Town
Welsh: Tref Glyn Ebwy
Ebbw Vale Town railway station, Blaenau Gwent - geograph.org.uk - 4613990.jpg
Location
Place Ebbw Vale
Local authority Blaenau Gwent
Coordinates 51°46′34″N 3°12′07″W / 51.776°N 3.202°W / 51.776; -3.202Coordinates: 51°46′34″N 3°12′07″W / 51.776°N 3.202°W / 51.776; -3.202
Grid reference SO168099
Operations
Station code EBB
Managed by Arriva Trains Wales
Owned by Network Rail
Number of platforms 1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2015/16  0.168 million
History
17 May 2015 (2015-05-17) Opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Ebbw Vale Town from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Ebbw Vale Town railway station serves the town centre of Ebbw Vale in Blaenau Gwent, Wales, serving as the terminus of the Ebbw Valley Railway.

Development[edit]

In the 2008 Network Rail Route Utilisation Strategy the link between Ebbw Vale and Newport was identified for implementation in the period 2009–2018. In May 2013 the Welsh Government announced that the Ebbw Vale line would be extended from the existing terminus at Ebbw Vale Parkway to the new station at Ebbw Vale Town. A total of £11.5 million was agreed to fund the station, line extension and associated landscaping for the surrounding area. Two weeks later, funding was also agreed for Pye Corner railway station, also along the line.[1][2]

Opening[edit]

The Ebbw Vale Town Station extension opened 17 May 2015.[3] There is an hourly service, Monday – Saturday, to Cardiff Central, and an approximately two-hourly service on Sundays.[4]

Stage two[edit]

Under the proposals of stage two of the project, a half-hourly service would be introduced, and a two-platform station would be built as the northern terminus of the line, close to the old British Steel General Office Site part of "the Works" development. This will only be enabled through additional passing loops and track infrastructure being provisioned by 2018 in the Newport and Crosskeys to Llanhilleth area.[5] Funding for the project will mainly come from the Welsh Assembly Government, and many other stakeholders.

History[edit]

Main article: Ebbw Valley Railway

The original Ebbw Valley Railway traces its origins to the wooden tramways and waggonways which served the various coal mines and steel works in the upper Ebbw Valley, to enable them to receive raw materials and dispatch products. Developments area Ebbw Vale itself were most associated with the Beaufort Ironworks Tramway, which opened in 1798 between the ironworks as far as Crumlin.[6] On 23 December 1850, the Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Company introduced a regular passenger service between Newport Courtybella and Blaina.[7] Services were extended to Ebbw Vale on 19 April 1852 after improvement works had been carried out to the 9.5 miles (15.3 km) section between Aberbeeg and Ebbw Vale.[7][8][9] Originally developed as a single-platform station, by 1923 at the time of railway grouping Ebbw Vale (Low Level) railway station boasted a staff of 44.[10]

Ebbw Vale (High Level) railway station was opened by the London and North Western Railway on 2 September 1867.[8][9] To distinguish the two Ebbw Vale stations, British Railways added the suffix "High Level" (the L&NWR station) on 23 May 1949 and "Low Level" (the GWR station) on 19 July 1950.[8][9] Both stations closed to passengers on 30 April 1962.[8][9][11] Closure of the lines to goods traffic came on 1 December 1969.[12][13]

First train at Ebbw Vale Town

References[edit]

  1. ^ "£11.5m for train station in Ebbw Vale town centre". South Wales Argus. 7 May 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "SEWTA Welcomes £15M Ebbw Valley Line Investment". SEWTA. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  3. ^ BBC News – First train to arrive at new station in Ebbw Vale. 17 May 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2015
  4. ^ http://www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=12884902121
  5. ^ Thomas, Carys (24 August 2014). "Blaenau Gwent rail improvements by 2016". South Wales Argus. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  6. ^ Page (1988), p. 167.
  7. ^ a b Byles (1982), p. 32.
  8. ^ a b c d Quick (2009), p. 161.
  9. ^ a b c d Butt (1995), p. 88.
  10. ^ Mitchell & Smith (2006), fig. 115.
  11. ^ Hurst (1991), p. 19, note 0936.
  12. ^ Clinker (1988), p. 43.
  13. ^ Hurst (1991), p. 61, note 2706.
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Terminus   Arriva Trains Wales
Ebbw Valley Railway
  Ebbw Vale Parkway