Valleys & Cardiff Local Routes
Valleys & Cardiff Local Routes (Welsh: Llwybrau Lleol y Cymoedd a Chaerdydd) (formerly Valley Lines) is the busy network of passenger suburban railway services radiating from Cardiff, Wales. It includes lines within the city itself, the Vale of Glamorgan and the South Wales Valleys.
The services are currently operated by Arriva Trains Wales. In total, it serves 81 stations in six unitary authority areas: 20 in the city of Cardiff, 11 in the Vale of Glamorgan, 25 in Rhondda Cynon Taff, 15 in Caerphilly, 8 in Bridgend and 5 in Merthyr Tydfil.
Services on these routes are provided by Class 142, 143 and 150 DMUs, and are typically end-to-end, in that they run from one branch terminus, through Cardiff Queen Street station, to another branch terminus, e.g. from Pontypridd to Barry Island.
On 16 July 2012 the UK Government announced plans to extend the electrification of the network at a cost of £350 million. This was at the same time of the announcement of electrification of the South Wales Main Line from Cardiff to Swansea. This would also see investment in new trains and continued improvements to stations. It is thought to start between 2014 and 2019.
Reopening of the Vale of Glamorgan Line
A stretch of the Vale of Glamorgan Line, on which passenger services were closed under the Beeching Axe, re-opened for passenger service, with services from Cardiff Central to Bridgend, via Barry, Rhoose Cardiff Intl. Airport and Llantwit Major. These services were originally advertised to start in April 2005, but commenced on 12 June 2005. Previously services only went as far as Barry.
The colours used below are from the official network map (see External links). Stations in bold are major interchanges for the network.
|Butetown Branch Line||City Line||Coryton Line||Vale of Glamorgan Line|
|Merthyr Line||Merthyr Line||Rhondda Line||Rhymney Line|
Generally some trains run from one line to another, joining at Cardiff Central eliminating the need for changing trains there. However they may not run for the whole length of the line. Services run between:
- Bridgend/Barry Island and Merthyr Tydfil/Aberdare - incorporating the Vale of Glamorgan and Merthyr Lines
- Penarth and Treherbert - incorporating the Vale of Glamorgan and Rhondda Lines
- Radyr and Coryton - incorporating the City and Coryton Lines
The following lines also serve Cardiff and the South Wales Valleys but are not considered part of the network by Arriva Trains Wales.
|█ Maesteg - Cheltenham||█ Ebbw Valley Railway|
- Detailed summary of all the Valley Lines(registration required)
- Arriva Trains Wales
- Arriva Trains Wales Network Map includes Valleys & Cardiff Local Routes Network Map
- BBC News: New stations in £155m rail plans
- Cardiff Central and Queen Street are where all services pass through and are interchanges to the national network. Pontypridd and Barry are the two stations with the largest passenger numbers outside of Cardiff and they are only served by this network. See respective Wikipedia pages.
- "Rail electrification to Swansea and south Wales valleys welcomed". BBC News Wales. 16 July 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
- "Vale of Glamorgen". Railfuture.
- "Airport rail link 'open in 2005'". BBC News. 4 May 2004. Retrieved 9 April 2010.