Welsh valleys rail station opens this Sunday

May 13 2015  

Welsh valleys rail station opens this Sunday
Trains are due to start serving a newly completed rail station in Ebbw Vale, south Wales, from this Sunday.
Ebbw Vale Town station has been built by Network Rail as part of a £11.5M Welsh Government funded project which also includes a track extension and line speed improvements.
The station will be served by an existing hourly service on the Ebbw Vale to Cardiff line, with the potential for additional services to be introduced in future.
Delivery of the project by Buckingham Group Contracting involved construction of a new station building, 150m of platform to serve trains up to six cars long, a car park, customer information screens, ticket machines and bicycle storage. New track has also been installed to extend the line north from Ebbw Vale Parkway.
Ebbw Vale is located in the north eastern corner of the Welsh valleys.
Welsh Government Transport Minister Edwina Hart said: “The Ebbw Vale railway line is very popular, with some 300,000 journeys annually. Together with our investment in the track, the new Ebbw Vale Town station will improve access to jobs and services for more people along this busy route.”
Network Rail Wales route enhancement manager James Jackson added: "The extension into Ebbw Vale town, along with the new station, will help boost the local economy by making it easier to travel by train.”
Ebbw Vale will also soon be served by an upgraded A465. To read a report on this road dualling project see the upcoming May issue of Transportation Professional.
(Photo: Welsh Government)

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