Pye Corner railway station

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Pye Corner National Rail
Pye Corner Station 1.JPG
Location
Place Bassaleg
Local authority Newport
Grid reference ST281872
Operations
Station code PYE
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*
2014/15  15,052
2015/16 Increase 63,332
History
14 December 2014 opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Pye Corner from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Pye Corner railway station is a station serving a residential area in the west of Newport, South East Wales. It opened on 14 December 2014.[1][2]

History[edit]

Proposal[edit]

A report published by the South East Wales Transport Alliance (Sewta) in 2006 envisaged the extension of services on the Ebbw Valley Railway to Newport and the addition of new stations at Cwm and Pye Corner.[3] It was forecast that 135,000 journeys would be made to and from Pye Corner which had a catchment population of 19,040 within 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) and 4,312 within 800 metres (870 yd).[4] Provision of the station was set as a priority in Sewta's Regional Transport Plan published in 2008[5] and the aspiration was reflected in Network Rail's Wales Route Utilisation Strategy published in November 2008.[6] Land for the station was safeguarded in Newport City Council's Unitary Development Plan.[7]

In March 2012, proposals for a single-platform station, situated to the east of the line and accessed from a new road junction on Western Valley Road opposite High Cross Lane, were put out to consultation.[8] The plans included provision for a second platform to be provided at a later date.[8] In March 2013, the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, announced that Pye Corner was a "front-runner" in terms of funding for new stations, along with Ilkeston and Lea Bridge.[9][10] The grant of £2.5m was confirmed in May 2013, to which the Welsh Government would add a further £1m.[11]

The station's location is close to the former Bassaleg Junction station.

Construction[edit]

In February 2014, a planning application for the station was passed by Newport City Council, with planners recommending the construction of a screen or fence to protect the privacy of properties adjacent to the station which back on to the line.[12][13]

Opening[edit]

The first train to arrive at the station on the opening day of 14 December 2014 was the 09:15 from Ebbw Vale.[14] An hourly service runs on the single-platform station between Cardiff Central and Ebbw Vale Town.[14]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Pye Corner railway station to open on December 14, minister announces". South Wales Argus. 31 October 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-03. 
  2. ^ Caio, Iwan (14 December 2014). "Newport's £3.5m Pye Corner rail station opened in record time". South Wales Argus website. Newsquest Media Group. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  3. ^ SEWTA (2006), para. 8.3.1.
  4. ^ SEWTA (2006), para. 8.4.
  5. ^ SEWTA (27 June 2008). "Sewta Board meeting" (DOC). para. 9.2. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  6. ^ "Wales Route Utilisation Strategy" (PDF). Network Rail. para. 7.3.7. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  7. ^ Newport City Council (May 2006). "Adopted Unitary Development Plan 1996-2011" (PDF). page 71. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  8. ^ a b Newport City Council (15 March 2012). "Views sought on proposed railway stations". Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  9. ^ Department for Transport (26 March 2013). "Fresh start for franchising". Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  10. ^ Herd, George (27 March 2013). "Fifty years since Beeching's rail cuts in Wales". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  11. ^ "Fifty years since Beeching's rail cuts in Wales". BBC News Online. 16 May 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  12. ^ "Newport's Pye Corner railway station approved". South Wales Argus. 6 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  13. ^ Nigel Harris, ed. (19 February – 4 March 2014). "Newport Council approves Pye Corner station". RAIL (742): 20. 
  14. ^ a b "First train pulls into Pye Corner £3.5m railway station". BBC News Online. 14 December 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-14. 

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Coordinates: 51°34′53″N 3°02′29″W / 51.5813°N 3.04125°W / 51.5813; -3.04125