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TfW plans big improvements for Rhiwbina station

Rhiwbina’s railway station will see its track doubled, and part-electrified if new proposals from Transport for Wales go ahead as part of its concept for the South Wales Metro.

The plans also include improved accessibility to allow step-free access from the platform to the train, a second platform at the station, and a new station footbridge.

A Sunday service would also be reintroduced, and there is the potential for the Coryton line to be extended with a new station at Velindre and another M4 park-and-ride.

A TfW spokesman told Rhiwbina Info: “Construction of this section of track is currently expected to take place in mid-2021. Our stakeholder and communications teams will be reaching out to work with local communities, user groups and the local authority to discuss the proposed interventions well in advance of the works and provide more detailed designs when these are finalised”.

The timetable is expected to remain with two trains per hour in each direction, Monday to Saturday, with an hourly service on Sundays added from December 2023.

The spokesman added: “The infrastructure will be future-proofed to allow for the potential to operate up to four trains per hour on the line, and Transport for Wales is working with Welsh Government and Cardiff Council to investigate possible options for extending the line west from Coryton.

“We are investing £738 million to transform the Core Valley Lines in order to create a high quality, safe, integrated, affordable and accessible transport network which the people of South Wales are proud of. This will include electrifying 172 km of track and upgrading infrastructure, to enable improved journey times, allow us to run more train services across the network, and replace older diesel trains with brand new electric vehicles”.

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