Caerphilly railway station
Caerphilly railway station (Welsh: Gorsaf reilffordd Caerffili) is a railway station serving the town of Caerphilly, south Wales. It is a stop on the Rhymney Line of the Valley Lines network. The station is located at Station Road in the South of the town. Facilities include a small shop and a Ticket Kiosk. A self-service Ticket machine was installed near the entrance to the station on 22 December 2008. Several advertising murals depicting holiday travel in various parts of South Wales have been placed on the northbound side of the station in order to improve the 'look' of the station.
Caerphilly railway station
|Managed by||Transport for Wales|
|Number of platforms||3|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Rhymney Railway|
|Post-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|31 March 1858||Opened|
|1 April 1871||Re-sited|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Caerphilly from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
- To the west at Penrhos junction (on the line from Aber Junction to Walnut Tree Junction) with the Pontypridd, Caerphilly and Newport Railway
- To the east through a tunnel to a junction with the Brecon and Merthyr Railway at Machen, and onwards to Newport Docks
As a result of traffic volume, the station was rebuilt in 1913 to four platforms and a west facing bay platform.
With the closure of both junctions, and the simplification of the railway to a pure through service as part of the Rhymney Line, the station was rebuilt to a two platform with bus interchange in 1970. The signalling system is currently set up to allow northbound services to terminate in the southbound platform (using a facing crossover) & return directly to Cardiff if required, although this facility is only used during the evenings in the current (May 2013) timetable. The ongoing Valley Lines resignalling scheme will see a new bay platform bought into use at the station for use by terminating trains, which will allow a further increase in service frequencies to/from Cardiff in the future.
Caerphilly was the terminus of the Rhymney Line from Penarth from 5 September 2008 to 19 September 2008 due to a landslip that blocked the line near Llanbradach railway station due to the poor weather conditions. Replacement bus services operated the route between Caerphilly and Bargoed/Rhymney. Train services subsequently resumed as normal.
Monday to Saturdays there is a train every 15 minutes to Penarth via Cardiff Central and every 15 minutes to Bargoed, with one in four running through to Rhymney. This decreases to hourly northbound and half-hourly southbound in the evenings, with some trains from Cardiff terminating & starting back from here.
On Sundays, there is a two-hourly service each way with southbound trains running to Barry Island.