Pye Corner railway station
|Managed by||Transport for Wales|
|Owned by||Network Rail|
|Number of platforms||1|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|14 December 2014||Opened|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Pye Corner from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
A report published by the South East Wales Transport Alliance (Sewta) in 2006 envisaged the extension of services on the Ebbw Valley Railway to Newport and the addition of new stations at Cwm and Pye Corner. It was forecast that 135,000 journeys would be made to and from Pye Corner which had a catchment population of 19,040 within 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) and 4,312 within 800 metres (870 yd). Provision of the station was set as a priority in Sewta's Regional Transport Plan published in 2008 and the aspiration was reflected in Network Rail's Wales Route Utilisation Strategy published in November 2008. Land for the station was safeguarded in Newport City Council's Unitary Development Plan.
In March 2012, proposals for a single-platform station, situated to the east of the line and accessed from a new road junction on Western Valley Road opposite High Cross Lane, were put out to consultation. The plans included provision for a second platform to be provided at a later date. In March 2013, the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, announced that Pye Corner was a "front-runner" in terms of funding for new stations, along with Ilkeston and Lea Bridge. The grant of £2.5m was confirmed in May 2013, to which the Welsh Government would add a further £1m.
The station's location is close to the former Bassaleg Junction station.
In February 2014, a planning application for the station was passed by Newport City Council, with planners recommending the construction of a screen or fence to protect the privacy of properties adjacent to the station which back on to the line.
The first train to arrive at the station on the opening day of 14 December 2014 was the 09:15 from Ebbw Vale. An hourly service runs on the single-platform station between Cardiff Central and Ebbw Vale Town.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Rogerstone||Transport for Wales
Cardiff Central - Ebbw Vale Town
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