Cardiff Queen Street railway station

Coordinates: 51°28′55″N 3°10′13″W / 51.4819°N 3.1703°W / 51.4819; -3.1703

Cardiff Queen Street National Rail
Welsh: Caerdydd Heol y Frenhines
Place Cardiff
Local authority Cardiff
Grid reference ST188765
Station code CDQ
Managed by Arriva Trains Wales
Number of platforms 5
DfT category C1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2010/11 Decrease 2.411 million
– Interchange  Increase 0.617 million
2011/12 Increase 2.489 million
– Interchange  Increase 0.657 million
2012/13 Increase 2.495 million
– Interchange  Increase 0.733 million
2013/14 Decrease 2.463 million
– Interchange  Increase 0.872 million
2014/15 Increase 2.523 million
– Interchange  Increase 0.983 million
9 October 1840 Opened as Crockherbtown
1887 Rebuilt and renamed Cardiff Queen Street
1907 Rebuilt
1973 Rebuilt
2014 Rebuilt
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Cardiff Queen Street from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Railway lines in Cardiff

To Rhymney
To Coryton

Heath Low Level/High Level(Interchange)

To Pontypridd


Waun-Gron Park
To Bridgend

Cardiff Queen Street(Interchange)
To Newport and England

Ninian Park

Cardiff Central(Interchange)
Cardiff Riverside

Canal Parade goods depot

Bute West docks
Bute East docks (Atlantic Wharf)
East Moors depot
Cardiff Bay


Roath docks
Cardiff Bay quayside
Queen Alexandra docks

Penarth Flats docks
Penarth Moors docks
To Barry and Rhoose Cardiff Airport
To Penarth
Cardiff Queen Street Station in 2009, before the addition of a fifth platform

Cardiff Queen Street railway station (Welsh: Caerdydd Heol y Frenhines) is a railway station serving the north and east of Central Cardiff, Wales. It is the second busiest railway station in Wales, being located near Queen Street. It is one of 20 stations in the city and two in the city centre, the other being Cardiff Central. The station is staffed at most times, with a ticket office and machines, and a café on platforms 3 and 4. A newsagent is situated opposite the station.

In 2014, a reconstruction of the station was completed in order to reduce bottlenecks, with two extra platforms being put in (a previously existing platform, opposite platform 4, and a new bay platform next to platform 2 for the line to Cardiff Bay), taking the total number of platforms to 5.


A station known as "Crockherbtown" on this site was built in 1840 by the Taff Vale Railway, whose headquarters were also located here. It was rebuilt and given its present name in 1887. Other major rebuildings took place in 1907 and by British Rail in 1973.[1] The latter project saw the station's overall roof removed, the original Taff Vale station frontage demolished & replaced and the western side platform closed, with all through traffic concentrated on the central island.[2] In 2005, the station was fitted with new ticket gates, operational when the station is manned, which allow easier access in both directions. In 2006 LED screens replaced the old information display monitors.

The old station car park is now dedicated for private use by residents of a nearby modern development of apartments known as "The Aspect".


Queen Street is the main hub of the Valley Lines network – a railway system serving Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan, Bridgend and the South Wales Valleys – and has the solitary connection to Cardiff Bay. The station is located at the eastern end of the city centre, near the Capitol Centre as well as St David's Centre, and sees heavy volumes of commuter rail traffic during the rush hour.

The station has five utilised platforms at a level raised above the surrounding roads:

_ Direction Line Destination Frequency
1 Southbound Butetown Branch Line Shuttle Cardiff Bay 5t/h [12 min]
2 Rhymney Line Penarth 41/h [15 min]
Cardiff City Line Radyr 2t/h [30 min]
3 Vale of Glamorgan Line Maesteg via Rhoose CIA 1t/h [60 min]
Barry Island 3t/h [20 min]
4 Northbound Coryton Line Coryton 2t/h [30 min]
Rhymney Line Rhymney 1t/h [60 min]
Bargoed 3t/h[upper-roman 1] [15 min][upper-roman 2]
5 Rhondda Line Treherbert 2t/h [30 min]
Cynon Line Aberdare 2t/h [30 min]
Taff Line Merthyr Tydfil 2t/h [30 min]

Platform 5 is used for services to Rhondda Cynon Taff (Aberdare, Merthyr Tydfil and Treherbert). Platform 4 is used for services to Rhymney and Bargoed as well as Coryton in north-west Cardiff. Platform 3 is used for services towards Cardiff Central and onwards to Barry Island and Bridgend via Rhoose Cardiff International Airport. Platform 2 is used for services towards Cardiff Central and onwards to Penarth and Radyr via City Line. Platform 1 is now only used for services to Cardiff Bay, which operate every 12 minutes.[3]

The typical Monday – Saturday service per hour (as of March 2016) is as follows:[4]

Northbound (towards Coryton and the Valleys):

Southbound (towards Cardiff Central, Cardiff Bay, The Vale and to Radyr via the City Line):

Preceding station National Rail Following station
Cardiff Central   Arriva Trains Wales
Coryton – Cardiff Queen Street – Radyr
  Heath Low Level
Cardiff Central   Arriva Trains Wales
Merthyr Line
  Arriva Trains Wales
Rhondda Line
Cardiff Central   Arriva Trains Wales
Rhymney Line
  Heath High Level
Cardiff Bay   Arriva Trains Wales
Butetown Branch


Queen Street station in 2015, looking north. The new Cardiff Bay shuttle platform 1 is on the extreme right. and the new platform 5 is on the far left.

As part of a £200m regeneration scheme to boost train capacity in Cardiff and the surrounding areas, Cardiff Central and Cardiff Queen Street stations are to be redeveloped from June 2014 and April 2013 respectively. The whole Cardiff Area Signalling Renewal project is due to be completed by May 2015, funded by the Department for Transport, Assembly Government and Network Rail. The Assembly Government has committed £7m for the enhancements programme.

The stations will be similar in design, featuring slate panels, grey brickwork, pavilion-style roofs, large windows and stainless steel signage. Cardiff Central will have a new two-storey southern entrance and ticket hall under plans submitted by Network Rail. An eighth platform at Cardiff Central and a fourth and fifth at Cardiff Queen Street will be installed. Once finished, the number of trains running to the Valleys will increase from 12 per hour to 16 per hour.[5]

The new platforms have now been brought into use as of Sunday 14 December 2014. Platform 1 is the new bay platform for the Cardiff Bay shuttle, platform 2 is for City Line services to Radyr and trains to Penarth, Platform 3 is for trains to Barry Island and the Vale of Glamorgan line, Platform 4 is for trains to Coryton and Rhymney and the new Platform 5 is for trains to Treherbert, Aberdare and Merthyr Tydfil.[6]

In the Spring of 2016, the Roll of Honour off those who served the armed forces between 1914 and 1919 from the Taff Vale Railway was put on display in the Ticket Hall.

Cardiff Queen Street railway station

Both the station and this very page feature prominently in the Torchwood audiobook Ghost Train.

See also


  1. 3t/h terminate at Bargoed,...
  2. ...but the 1t/h travelling to Rhymney covers the exact same route, but continues for 4 more stops, so passengers travelling from Queen Street to Bargoed could get one of 4t/h.


  1. Hutton, John (2006). The Taff Vale Railway, vol. 1. Silver Link. ISBN 978-1-85794-249-1.
  2. "Cardiff Queen Street station gets its old platforms back as part of £220m rail improvement scheme"Urban 75 Blog article 27 February 2014; Retrieved 24 March 2016
  3. "Network Rail South Wales Vallys Business Plan 2007" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-01-09.
  4. GB National Rail Timetable 2015–16 Edition, Table 130 (Network Rail)
  5. WalesOnline|Cardiff rail stations set for revamp
  6. Modern Railways December 2014

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