Ebbw Vale Parkway railway station
Ebbw Vale Parkway railway station (Welsh: Gorsaf reilffordd Parcffordd Glyn Ebwy) is a station on the Ebbw Valley Railway in Wales. The station opened on 6 February 2008 when services to and from Cardiff Central commenced after 46 years of being a freight-only line. An northwards extension of the line to a new terminus at Ebbw Vale Town opened on 17 May 2015, which accounts for the drop in usage in 2015–16. A direct service to Newport is expected to commence in 2018 following double-tracking and re-signalling works between Aberbeeg and Crosskeys.
|Ebbw Vale Parkway|
|Welsh: Parcffordd Glyn Ebwy|
|Local authority||Blaenau Gwent|
|Managed by||Transport for Wales Rail|
|Owned by||Network Rail|
|Number of platforms||1|
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Network Rail|
|August 1852||Opened as Victoria (Blaenau Gwent)|
|30 April 1962||Closed|
|6 February 2008||Reopened as Ebbw Vale Parkway|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Ebbw Vale Parkway from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
The station has been built on the site of the former Victoria station in the Victoria area of the Ebbw Vale conurbation. It consists of a single platform adjacent to Glan Ebbw Terrace, close to the A4046 Station Road.
Today, the current service is one train per hour to Cardiff Central calling at Llanhilleth, Newbridge, Crosskeys, Risca, Rogerstone, Pye Corner and Cardiff Central, departing at 40 minutes past each hour. The journey times to Cardiff is approximately fifty minutes. Occasional services continue beyond Cardiff to Swansea, Bridgend or Maesteg.
There are bus stops adjacent to the station on the A4046. There are bus connections from here to nearby communities such as Cwm, the Garden Festival Shopping site, Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan and Ebbw Vale Town itself.
Demand for travel to and from the station was seriously under-estimated by the promoters of the line's reopening, even though the service provided was to Cardiff only and not to Newport as well, as originally assumed. For example, in 2008/09, usage at the station was forecast to be 50,000, for journeys on the lines to Cardiff and to Newport, but was actually about 250,000, for journeys on the line to Cardiff only. Part of the reason for the demand underforecast was the requirement that no demand from regeneration of the former steelworks area should be assumed.
- Steer Davies Gleave (August 2010). "Station Usage and Demand Forecasts for Newly Opened Railway Lines and Stations" (PDF). Department for Transport. pp. 125–126. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
- Train times and station information for Ebbw Vale Parkway railway station from National Rail
- Details of proposals for station, with pictures
- Archive of Ebbw Valley Railway Scheme website (Blaenau Gwent council, 2008)
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Ebbw Vale Town||Transport for Wales Rail
Ebbw Vale Town - Cardiff Central