Plan for station at Pye Corner near Newport could get £2.6m funding

South Wales Argus: EXPANSION: Pye Corner near Newport could get a railway station EXPANSION: Pye Corner near Newport could get a railway station

A PLAN to build a new railway station on the Ebbw Valley line in Newport could be in line to get £2.6 million in UK Government funding.

Pye Corner, which is between Rogerstone and Cardiff on the line in the Bassaleg area of the city, is one of three proposals looking likely to win cash from New Station Fund.

If built, the station would feature a single platform, CCTV, a car park for 70 cars and customer information screens It is one of three schemes in England and Wales to be identified as front runners - with the others in Derbyshire and London.

However the total project would cost £3.6 million and it is unclear who would provide the remaining  cash if it was successful.

Further work is needed to confirm which applications will ultimately be successful, but an announcement on which will get funding is expected in May.

The secretary of state for transport Patrick McLoughlin said the Pye Corner scheme and the others are "shovel-ready projects" that are good to go.

"I would expect to see progress on the ground soon after the detailed assessment of these bids has been completed,” he said.

Network Rail has been asked to commit £5000 of funding for the bids to allow its continued development.

The Ebbw Valley railway project has been backed with funding by the Welsh Government and there are several proposals for new stations, including at Cwm and Ebbw Vale Town.

There are also proposals for a branch line stretching into Abertillery.

The Argus has campaigned for more than a decade for the line to serve Newport.

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5:03pm Tue 26 Mar 13

Floppy backed says...

This would be fantastic - imagine the numbers of cars coming off the M4 to get into Cardiff - cheaper than parking all day. Surely this has to be a profitable line?
This would be fantastic - imagine the numbers of cars coming off the M4 to get into Cardiff - cheaper than parking all day. Surely this has to be a profitable line? Floppy backed
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5:28pm Tue 26 Mar 13

Robert Shillabeer says...

The case for a link into Newport must be made and given the go ahead. The Ebbw Vale line always went to Newport not Cardiff, the Ebbw curve was only a freight line.
The case for a link into Newport must be made and given the go ahead. The Ebbw Vale line always went to Newport not Cardiff, the Ebbw curve was only a freight line. Robert Shillabeer
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5:32pm Tue 26 Mar 13

PontyPeter says...

Surely if money is available for a new station on this line it should be for one in Ebbw Vale town?
Surely if money is available for a new station on this line it should be for one in Ebbw Vale town? PontyPeter
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6:04pm Tue 26 Mar 13

Ant tan says...

When your house backs onto this proposed station I don't think anybody would be happy with. Never mind they want to put a roundabout at the bottom of high cross line. The traffic on this part of the road in rush hour is bad enough now, never mind the extra traffic coming to the station. If these councillors lived in this area I things would be different. When you get on the train at rogerstone it is standing room only so why put another station in the same area when they will not put extra carriages. I really do not want this due to extra noise and the troublemakers will hang out in this area. Disaster waiting to happen. PLEASE NO STATION
When your house backs onto this proposed station I don't think anybody would be happy with. Never mind they want to put a roundabout at the bottom of high cross line. The traffic on this part of the road in rush hour is bad enough now, never mind the extra traffic coming to the station. If these councillors lived in this area I things would be different. When you get on the train at rogerstone it is standing room only so why put another station in the same area when they will not put extra carriages. I really do not want this due to extra noise and the troublemakers will hang out in this area. Disaster waiting to happen. PLEASE NO STATION Ant tan
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6:11pm Tue 26 Mar 13

Magor says...

ITV news just said it is going ahead.
ITV news just said it is going ahead. Magor
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6:28pm Tue 26 Mar 13

rlewis says...

I went to Cardiff on the train last Saturday. With only two carriages, by the time it got to Risca it was packed and I only just managed to get inside the doors to stand. If this line is increasing the number of stations, Arriva Trains need to be putting more carriages on. It's a ridiculous situation. I'll be going in the car and using the Park and Ride facility next time.
I went to Cardiff on the train last Saturday. With only two carriages, by the time it got to Risca it was packed and I only just managed to get inside the doors to stand. If this line is increasing the number of stations, Arriva Trains need to be putting more carriages on. It's a ridiculous situation. I'll be going in the car and using the Park and Ride facility next time. rlewis
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6:46pm Tue 26 Mar 13

Ant tan says...

What about the safe route to school. We don't have the luxury of using the school bus as not far enough away. This surely will cause more problems for the kids walking to school with the roundabout and extra traffic going to the station. I think it is a stupid idea when we already have a station in rogerstone. Why do rogerstone need 2 stations for!!!
When we tried to speak with the councillors when they had the plans in the Rogerstone & Bassaleg social club they ran away and would not talk to us. Says it all!!!!!
What about the safe route to school. We don't have the luxury of using the school bus as not far enough away. This surely will cause more problems for the kids walking to school with the roundabout and extra traffic going to the station. I think it is a stupid idea when we already have a station in rogerstone. Why do rogerstone need 2 stations for!!! When we tried to speak with the councillors when they had the plans in the Rogerstone & Bassaleg social club they ran away and would not talk to us. Says it all!!!!! Ant tan
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6:51pm Tue 26 Mar 13

signal box says...

The case for the service into Newport has been on the agenda since the Ebbw Valley regained a passenger service, we were told that the problem was the line from Park Junction to Gaer Junction was signalled to freight only therefore passenger train's could not run into Newport Station but last year trains did run into Newport. Now Newport Panel Signal Box has been closed and Cardiff Control Centre has control of the area why has Gaer Junction not been included in this very important junction and allow passenger trains to use Newport.
The case for the service into Newport has been on the agenda since the Ebbw Valley regained a passenger service, we were told that the problem was the line from Park Junction to Gaer Junction was signalled to freight only therefore passenger train's could not run into Newport Station but last year trains did run into Newport. Now Newport Panel Signal Box has been closed and Cardiff Control Centre has control of the area why has Gaer Junction not been included in this very important junction and allow passenger trains to use Newport. signal box
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7:13pm Tue 26 Mar 13

Ant tan says...

In your report it states Bassaleg, really bad reporting this area is in fact Rogerstone just 50 yards away from the Rogerstone surgery. I think Argus really need to get their facts straight.
In your report it states Bassaleg, really bad reporting this area is in fact Rogerstone just 50 yards away from the Rogerstone surgery. I think Argus really need to get their facts straight. Ant tan
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7:39pm Tue 26 Mar 13

fedupjon says...

I am not interested in the merits or otherwise of a new station at rogerstone or the service going directly to Newport. My concern is the ridiculous estimated cost at over £3 million.
No wonder there is not enough money in the local government coffers when contracts are won based on farcical bids.
Remember £22 million for Newport station prior to the Ryder Cup for basically a bubble and a paint job on the platforms.
I am not interested in the merits or otherwise of a new station at rogerstone or the service going directly to Newport. My concern is the ridiculous estimated cost at over £3 million. No wonder there is not enough money in the local government coffers when contracts are won based on farcical bids. Remember £22 million for Newport station prior to the Ryder Cup for basically a bubble and a paint job on the platforms. fedupjon
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7:43pm Tue 26 Mar 13

VALLEY,5 says...

Whats all the fuss about a rail link to Newport the only people who want it are Newport traders ,people from the the valley much prefer to go to Cardiff which is a far more welcoming city than Newport .Also i would like to correct a comment made by an earlier contributer before the Beeching cut there was a direct passenger service to Cardiff
Whats all the fuss about a rail link to Newport the only people who want it are Newport traders ,people from the the valley much prefer to go to Cardiff which is a far more welcoming city than Newport .Also i would like to correct a comment made by an earlier contributer before the Beeching cut there was a direct passenger service to Cardiff VALLEY,5
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8:07pm Tue 26 Mar 13

pwharley says...

Why not give it the old name of Bassaleg Junction, rather than Pye Corner?
Why not give it the old name of Bassaleg Junction, rather than Pye Corner? pwharley
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9:28pm Tue 26 Mar 13

Robodad says...

pwharley wrote:
Why not give it the old name of Bassaleg Junction, rather than Pye Corner?
Why would we want to use an old name for something brand new? Lets look forward, not backwards.
[quote][p][bold]pwharley[/bold] wrote: Why not give it the old name of Bassaleg Junction, rather than Pye Corner?[/p][/quote]Why would we want to use an old name for something brand new? Lets look forward, not backwards. Robodad
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11:03pm Tue 26 Mar 13

heresphil says...

Why not call the station Newport West?Then the WAG could claim that the line does now provide a service to Newport and it's a mere three miles to the city centre or a short hop on the 151 bus.

Seriously, with the vast housing development on the Novelis site just up the road taking shape over the next few years, perhaps the Walters Group could chip in the other million as a rail station 20 minutes from Cardiff city centre would be a big selling point for the development. Of course it would mean extra traffic along Western Valley Road and the trains would definitely need to be lengthened.
Why not call the station Newport West?Then the WAG could claim that the line does now provide a service to Newport and it's a mere three miles to the city centre or a short hop on the 151 bus. Seriously, with the vast housing development on the Novelis site just up the road taking shape over the next few years, perhaps the Walters Group could chip in the other million as a rail station 20 minutes from Cardiff city centre would be a big selling point for the development. Of course it would mean extra traffic along Western Valley Road and the trains would definitely need to be lengthened. heresphil
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8:04am Wed 27 Mar 13

signal box says...

If I wish to travel to London Paddington or Plymouth from the Ebbw Valley Line by train I don't want to go to Cardiff and change trains it make much more sense to change at Newport. It's about time that WAG told the truth that they have no intension of trains from the Ebbw Valley Line running into Newport.
If I wish to travel to London Paddington or Plymouth from the Ebbw Valley Line by train I don't want to go to Cardiff and change trains it make much more sense to change at Newport. It's about time that WAG told the truth that they have no intension of trains from the Ebbw Valley Line running into Newport. signal box
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8:12am Wed 27 Mar 13

PontyPeter says...

VALLEY,5 wrote:
Whats all the fuss about a rail link to Newport the only people who want it are Newport traders ,people from the the valley much prefer to go to Cardiff which is a far more welcoming city than Newport .Also i would like to correct a comment made by an earlier contributer before the Beeching cut there was a direct passenger service to Cardiff
Can you prove that there was ever a direct service to Cardiff? (From Ebbw Vale.)
Please provide a link to this information.
[quote][p][bold]VALLEY,5[/bold] wrote: Whats all the fuss about a rail link to Newport the only people who want it are Newport traders ,people from the the valley much prefer to go to Cardiff which is a far more welcoming city than Newport .Also i would like to correct a comment made by an earlier contributer before the Beeching cut there was a direct passenger service to Cardiff[/p][/quote]Can you prove that there was ever a direct service to Cardiff? (From Ebbw Vale.) Please provide a link to this information. PontyPeter
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8:21am Wed 27 Mar 13

Owain Vaughan says...

Some points:

1) There is already a plan for a Newport West station on the main line at Coedkernew.

2) Running trains from Park Junction to Gaer Junction and thus into Newport High Street allows access to the 95% of the network that is EAST of Newport.

3) This line is ALREADY signalled for passenger trains as some late-night trains have recently been diverted via this route.
Some points: 1) There is already a plan for a Newport West station on the main line at Coedkernew. 2) Running trains from Park Junction to Gaer Junction and thus into Newport High Street allows access to the 95% of the network that is EAST of Newport. 3) This line is ALREADY signalled for passenger trains as some late-night trains have recently been diverted via this route. Owain Vaughan
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8:35am Wed 27 Mar 13

signal box says...

Thank you Owain Vaughan for your information but the way WAG are performing with rail transport we may have to wait for the Ebbw Valley Line to be electrified.
Thank you Owain Vaughan for your information but the way WAG are performing with rail transport we may have to wait for the Ebbw Valley Line to be electrified. signal box
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8:39am Wed 27 Mar 13

exrisca says...

The western valley line was closed in April 1962 before the Beeching report was published in 1963. The excuse was that they needed the paths for the more lucrative freight trains of which there many. They changed the timetable in 1961 to make it inconvenient for people to commute and used the slightly reduced numbers to justify closure.
The western valley line was closed in April 1962 before the Beeching report was published in 1963. The excuse was that they needed the paths for the more lucrative freight trains of which there many. They changed the timetable in 1961 to make it inconvenient for people to commute and used the slightly reduced numbers to justify closure. exrisca
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9:18am Wed 27 Mar 13

Robert Shillabeer says...

signal box wrote:
The case for the service into Newport has been on the agenda since the Ebbw Valley regained a passenger service, we were told that the problem was the line from Park Junction to Gaer Junction was signalled to freight only therefore passenger train's could not run into Newport Station but last year trains did run into Newport. Now Newport Panel Signal Box has been closed and Cardiff Control Centre has control of the area why has Gaer Junction not been included in this very important junction and allow passenger trains to use Newport.
There is a legal and safety requirement for all points to having a system of facing point locks, a device to prevent the points opening as the train passes over them, and as the line was used by freight traffic only for many years such a device was probably not fitted. There are such locks fitted that only operate when the points are set for the Ebbw Curve. the standard of track between Park junction and Gaer junction is not up to passenger standard and requires upgrading for regular use. both these issues are quickly dealt with if the will to do so was there but I fear that will is absent. As to the new station it's interesting to hear some people now arguing against a new station and some asking for more carriages, which are in train sets these days so it would mean going from two to four carriages or splitting three two car trains into two three car trains which would I crease capacity by a half but would still mean standing room only for many as the extra seats would be used by passengers joining further up the valley. This argument can go on and on but the provision of another station is the right way to go and the rest will follow.
[quote][p][bold]signal box[/bold] wrote: The case for the service into Newport has been on the agenda since the Ebbw Valley regained a passenger service, we were told that the problem was the line from Park Junction to Gaer Junction was signalled to freight only therefore passenger train's could not run into Newport Station but last year trains did run into Newport. Now Newport Panel Signal Box has been closed and Cardiff Control Centre has control of the area why has Gaer Junction not been included in this very important junction and allow passenger trains to use Newport.[/p][/quote]There is a legal and safety requirement for all points to having a system of facing point locks, a device to prevent the points opening as the train passes over them, and as the line was used by freight traffic only for many years such a device was probably not fitted. There are such locks fitted that only operate when the points are set for the Ebbw Curve. the standard of track between Park junction and Gaer junction is not up to passenger standard and requires upgrading for regular use. both these issues are quickly dealt with if the will to do so was there but I fear that will is absent. As to the new station it's interesting to hear some people now arguing against a new station and some asking for more carriages, which are in train sets these days so it would mean going from two to four carriages or splitting three two car trains into two three car trains which would I crease capacity by a half but would still mean standing room only for many as the extra seats would be used by passengers joining further up the valley. This argument can go on and on but the provision of another station is the right way to go and the rest will follow. Robert Shillabeer
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10:07am Wed 27 Mar 13

Howie' says...

Sooner they build it the better, will be handy for Bassaleg/ Rhiwderin residents.
Sooner they build it the better, will be handy for Bassaleg/ Rhiwderin residents. Howie'
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10:38am Wed 27 Mar 13

rogyboy says...

fedupjon. I presume the high cost is due to the difficult terrain. A number of retaining walls will be required as the road is much higher than the railway.
fedupjon. I presume the high cost is due to the difficult terrain. A number of retaining walls will be required as the road is much higher than the railway. rogyboy
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4:34pm Wed 27 Mar 13

snappersearch says...

Great news. Now what about Caerleon station?
Great news. Now what about Caerleon station? snappersearch
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10:11pm Wed 27 Mar 13

D Taylor says...

If the Ebbw Vale line was continued to Newport Station would this affect the bus services to Newport from the Western Valley? If it did it wouldn't be welcomed by people who don't live near a train station.
If the Ebbw Vale line was continued to Newport Station would this affect the bus services to Newport from the Western Valley? If it did it wouldn't be welcomed by people who don't live near a train station. D Taylor
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10:15pm Wed 27 Mar 13

Monte_Fisto says...

VALLEY,5 wrote:
Whats all the fuss about a rail link to Newport the only people who want it are Newport traders ,people from the the valley much prefer to go to Cardiff which is a far more welcoming city than Newport .Also i would like to correct a comment made by an earlier contributer before the Beeching cut there was a direct passenger service to Cardiff
Would that include all the commuters travelling between Newport and the Gwent valleys for work, you clown?
[quote][p][bold]VALLEY,5[/bold] wrote: Whats all the fuss about a rail link to Newport the only people who want it are Newport traders ,people from the the valley much prefer to go to Cardiff which is a far more welcoming city than Newport .Also i would like to correct a comment made by an earlier contributer before the Beeching cut there was a direct passenger service to Cardiff[/p][/quote]Would that include all the commuters travelling between Newport and the Gwent valleys for work, you clown? Monte_Fisto
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11:06pm Wed 27 Mar 13

Dai the Milk says...

Ant tan wrote:
In your report it states Bassaleg, really bad reporting this area is in fact Rogerstone just 50 yards away from the Rogerstone surgery. I think Argus really need to get their facts straight.
Pye Corner is in Bassaleg.
[quote][p][bold]Ant tan[/bold] wrote: In your report it states Bassaleg, really bad reporting this area is in fact Rogerstone just 50 yards away from the Rogerstone surgery. I think Argus really need to get their facts straight.[/p][/quote]Pye Corner is in Bassaleg. Dai the Milk
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11:10pm Wed 27 Mar 13

gingertom says...

Ebbw vale to newport is far more important than buying cardiff airport.
We need to link as much of wales up by train and rail as soon as possible.
Roads are totally gridlocked so lets get the trains back up and running.
Ebbw vale to cardiff line has been a massive success to date and was featured recently on bbc 2 railway programme.
Ebbw vale to newport is far more important than buying cardiff airport. We need to link as much of wales up by train and rail as soon as possible. Roads are totally gridlocked so lets get the trains back up and running. Ebbw vale to cardiff line has been a massive success to date and was featured recently on bbc 2 railway programme. gingertom
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11:10pm Wed 27 Mar 13

Dai the Milk says...

It runs alongside the Whiteheads Sports and Social Club in Bassaleg and the surgery is over 200 yards away from this location.
It runs alongside the Whiteheads Sports and Social Club in Bassaleg and the surgery is over 200 yards away from this location. Dai the Milk
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7:18am Thu 28 Mar 13

rogyboy says...

Pye Corner is in Rogerstone. I lived there for 12 years.
Pye Corner is in Rogerstone. I lived there for 12 years. rogyboy
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9:39am Thu 28 Mar 13

Owain Vaughan says...

rogyboy wrote:
Pye Corner is in Rogerstone. I lived there for 12 years.
As far as the Royal Mail is concerned it is right on the border -- Park View is in the Bassaleg locality whereas Western Valley Road is in the Rogerstone locality. The border is actually the railway line itself.
[quote][p][bold]rogyboy[/bold] wrote: Pye Corner is in Rogerstone. I lived there for 12 years.[/p][/quote]As far as the Royal Mail is concerned it is right on the border -- Park View is in the Bassaleg locality whereas Western Valley Road is in the Rogerstone locality. The border is actually the railway line itself. Owain Vaughan
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9:48am Thu 28 Mar 13

high x boy says...

what about High Cross.
what about High Cross. high x boy
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10:47am Thu 28 Mar 13

Ant tan says...

Dai the Milk wrote:
Ant tan wrote:
In your report it states Bassaleg, really bad reporting this area is in fact Rogerstone just 50 yards away from the Rogerstone surgery. I think Argus really need to get their facts straight.
Pye Corner is in Bassaleg.
It is not pye corner even though they are classing it. It will be at the bottom of high cross lane which is rogerstone. Bassaleg ends by the ambulance station
[quote][p][bold]Dai the Milk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ant tan[/bold] wrote: In your report it states Bassaleg, really bad reporting this area is in fact Rogerstone just 50 yards away from the Rogerstone surgery. I think Argus really need to get their facts straight.[/p][/quote]Pye Corner is in Bassaleg.[/p][/quote]It is not pye corner even though they are classing it. It will be at the bottom of high cross lane which is rogerstone. Bassaleg ends by the ambulance station Ant tan
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11:29am Fri 29 Mar 13

Dai the Milk says...

As Owain reported accurately, the border is the line itself. So those Rogie people wanting to avail themselves of this wonderful new facility for Bassaleg can cross the border to get on board!!!
As Owain reported accurately, the border is the line itself. So those Rogie people wanting to avail themselves of this wonderful new facility for Bassaleg can cross the border to get on board!!! Dai the Milk
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6:04pm Fri 29 Mar 13

Ant tan says...

Have you seen the plans. The entrance will be directly opposite high cross lane and the station platform will be just behind that. It is not pye corner and indeed not bassaleg. You will not be able to get on the train by the social club. If you want it in bassaleg then have it....perhaps a suggestion to the councillors to have it put by the social club then everyone would be happy
Have you seen the plans. The entrance will be directly opposite high cross lane and the station platform will be just behind that. It is not pye corner and indeed not bassaleg. You will not be able to get on the train by the social club. If you want it in bassaleg then have it....perhaps a suggestion to the councillors to have it put by the social club then everyone would be happy Ant tan
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12:36am Tue 2 Apr 13

mocyoung says...

All this demand for a link to Newport from the Ebbw Valley line yet this week the RailLinc bus connection which facilitates such journeys has been withdrawn...hmm.

As for the rolling stock situation - peak time journeys have been strengthened, but ATW only have a limited amount of trains available so they have to spread them thin. More space for Ebbw Vale and you annoy Treherbert, Penarth, Merthyr, Swansea.....
All this demand for a link to Newport from the Ebbw Valley line yet this week the RailLinc bus connection which facilitates such journeys has been withdrawn...hmm. As for the rolling stock situation - peak time journeys have been strengthened, but ATW only have a limited amount of trains available so they have to spread them thin. More space for Ebbw Vale and you annoy Treherbert, Penarth, Merthyr, Swansea..... mocyoung
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11:43am Tue 2 Apr 13

high x boy says...

it is High Cross then.
it is High Cross then. high x boy
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11:59am Tue 2 Apr 13

signal box says...

WAG have purchased an Airport the UK Gov. are going to build a toll motorway to bypass Newport why can WAG not make a bid for the ATW franchise when it is next up for bidding
WAG have purchased an Airport the UK Gov. are going to build a toll motorway to bypass Newport why can WAG not make a bid for the ATW franchise when it is next up for bidding signal box
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