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. A 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 was expected to commence in 2018 following double-tracking and re-signalling works between Aberbeeg and Crosskeys, but this has now been pushed back to 2021.[1]

Ebbw Vale Parkway

Welsh: Parcffordd Glyn Ebwy
National Rail
Ebbw Vale Parkway railway station in 2010.jpg
LocationEbbw Vale, Blaenau Gwent
Wales
Coordinates51°45′24″N 3°11′46″W / 51.7567°N 3.1961°W / 51.7567; -3.1961Coordinates: 51°45′24″N 3°11′46″W / 51.7567°N 3.1961°W / 51.7567; -3.1961
Grid referenceSO175070
Owned byNetwork Rail
Managed byTransport for Wales
Platforms1
Other information
Station codeEBV
ClassificationDfT category F1
History
Original companyNetwork Rail
Key dates
August 1852Opened as Victoria (Blaenau Gwent)
30 April 1962Closed
6 February 2008Reopened as Ebbw Vale Parkway
Passengers
2016/17Decrease 57,108
2017/18Decrease 53,218
2018/19Decrease 38,834
2019/20Increase 44,100
2020/21Decrease 7,654
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

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.

ServicesEdit

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.[2]

Services are usually operated by Class 150 Sprinter units, although Class 142 & Class 143 Pacer units, Class 158 Express Sprinter and Class 175 Coradia units have been cleared to work the line.

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.[3]

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Ebbw Vale Town   Transport for Wales
Ebbw Vale Town – Cardiff Central
  Llanhilleth

Bus interchangeEdit

The station is a thirty eight minute walk (1.8 miles) from Ebbw Vale bus station (known as Inner Bypass), which is the terminus for a number of Stagecoach South Wales services to Cardiff, Abergavenny, Brynmawr, Tredegar, and other nearby villages.

The station is closest served by the bus stop at Waunlwyd 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.

Peter Law plaqueEdit

A plaque at the railway station commemorates local MP and Assembly Member Peter Law, who died in 2006, in honour of his work to re-open the line.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Craig, Ian. "Restoration of Newport-Ebbw Vale rail link on track for 2021". South Wales Argus.
  2. ^ "Search & Buy Train Tickets with Arriva Trains Wales for travel in Wales and UK".
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Rivals unite to remember Peter Law | South Wales Argus

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