£11.5m for train station in Ebbw Vale town centre

£11.5m for train station in Ebbw Vale town centre

£11.5m for train station in Ebbw Vale town centre

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THE Welsh Government has announced £11.5 million for a new station and railway into Ebbw Vale town centre.

Finance minister Jane Hutt announced the project as part of a £76.5 million funding package for housing, schools, flood protection and transport.

The Welsh Government said the scheme, part of the Ebbw Valley railway line, is an initial element of a wider programme to create a more integrated transport network in South East Wales.

Blaenau Gwent AM Alun Davies said he had been making the case "for years" to extend the rail link to Ebbw Vale town centre and called today’s announcement "fantastic news".

He added: “The rail link from Ebbw Vale to Cardiff has been very successful, with thousands of people using the service every week. This new station will further capitalise on this success."

He said the news strengthened the case to increase the frequency of the service between Ebbw Vale and Cardiff.

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3:45pm Tue 7 May 13

The Red Claw says...

Excellent news. A very good and sensible investment.
Excellent news. A very good and sensible investment. The Red Claw
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4:27pm Tue 7 May 13

PontyPeter says...

Good News!
Three points.
It would have cost a tiny fraction of this amount if it had been done as part of the original project.
The only way to increase the frequency of the current service is to double more track. The cost of this will be very high, but would again have been only a fraction of this had it been done originally.
If the line capacity is increased there would be no excuse for not running a service through Newport towards Bristol.
By the way, the trains on this line will be running to Newport, not Cardiff, on May 26th.
Good News! Three points. It would have cost a tiny fraction of this amount if it had been done as part of the original project. The only way to increase the frequency of the current service is to double more track. The cost of this will be very high, but would again have been only a fraction of this had it been done originally. If the line capacity is increased there would be no excuse for not running a service through Newport towards Bristol. By the way, the trains on this line will be running to Newport, not Cardiff, on May 26th. PontyPeter
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5:12pm Tue 7 May 13

PontyPeter says...

Oh yes, and to the headline writer -
It's a RAILWAY station, not a "train" station. We can manage words of more than one syllable.
Oh yes, and to the headline writer - It's a RAILWAY station, not a "train" station. We can manage words of more than one syllable. PontyPeter
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5:25pm Tue 7 May 13

decidedlyindecisive says...

Good news if a little late, Newport passengers will probably be kept waiting for the service to newport
Good news if a little late, Newport passengers will probably be kept waiting for the service to newport decidedlyindecisive
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5:45pm Tue 7 May 13

bobmech1 says...

Wouldn't the money be better spent linking the line to Newport
Ebbw Vale already has a train link
Granted its not in the town, this link if put in originally could have brought more trade to Newport
Wouldn't the money be better spent linking the line to Newport Ebbw Vale already has a train link Granted its not in the town, this link if put in originally could have brought more trade to Newport bobmech1
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10:57pm Tue 7 May 13

rlewis says...

But when is Arriva Trains Wales going to put more carriages on ? ? By the time the trains arrive in Crosskeys when there are two carriages on, it is often impossible to even get on the train, let alone get a seat.
But when is Arriva Trains Wales going to put more carriages on ? ? By the time the trains arrive in Crosskeys when there are two carriages on, it is often impossible to even get on the train, let alone get a seat. rlewis
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12:25am Wed 8 May 13

chelsea fatboy says...

No point moaning to Arriva about the lack of extra carriages,all they do is blame the lack of WAG funding they get and the fact that they haven`t got enough trains to provide extra seats over the whole Arriva Network,not just the Ebbw Vale line,I asked the question regarding earlier/later trains to/from Cardiff and Network Rail engineering work was the excuse for the non existant early morning trains
No point moaning to Arriva about the lack of extra carriages,all they do is blame the lack of WAG funding they get and the fact that they haven`t got enough trains to provide extra seats over the whole Arriva Network,not just the Ebbw Vale line,I asked the question regarding earlier/later trains to/from Cardiff and Network Rail engineering work was the excuse for the non existant early morning trains chelsea fatboy
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9:22am Wed 8 May 13

sharon1717 says...

Good news, but where is the railway station in Abertillery which was promised a few years ago? It would also be good to have hourly trains on a Sunday. Two hours between trains is too long
Good news, but where is the railway station in Abertillery which was promised a few years ago? It would also be good to have hourly trains on a Sunday. Two hours between trains is too long sharon1717
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8:16pm Wed 8 May 13

scraptheWAG says...

just hope it looks nothing like the absolute eye sore that newport station is
just hope it looks nothing like the absolute eye sore that newport station is scraptheWAG
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3:45pm Thu 9 May 13

Dolieboy says...

scraptheWAG wrote:
just hope it looks nothing like the absolute eye sore that newport station is
A wriggly tin covered helter skelter!!
[quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: just hope it looks nothing like the absolute eye sore that newport station is[/p][/quote]A wriggly tin covered helter skelter!! Dolieboy
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4:04pm Thu 9 May 13

Batman says...

Hmmm, what an interesting article. I am not sure where the figure of "thousands of people using this service every week" actually originates, as I live alongside the railway and I can tell you 100% apart from the "peak time" use of the service the train is running with sometimes "0" passengers to and from Cardiff, so to say this service is a success is completely beyond me! I think that there are people getting rich from spinning untruths about how successful this service really is!
Hmmm, what an interesting article. I am not sure where the figure of "thousands of people using this service every week" actually originates, as I live alongside the railway and I can tell you 100% apart from the "peak time" use of the service the train is running with sometimes "0" passengers to and from Cardiff, so to say this service is a success is completely beyond me! I think that there are people getting rich from spinning untruths about how successful this service really is! Batman
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