Ebbw Vale line gets more carriages to cope with demand

RAIL chiefs are doubling the capacity of a commuter service between Ebbw Vale and Cardiff, as figures show overall passenger numbers have reached almost three quarters of a million a year.

Train company Arriva pledged to beef up the Ebbw Vale line, which has seen journeys soar from around 105,000 in its first year in 2008 to about 770,000 in 2011and around 772,000 last year.

Most trains on the line have two carriages but the operator is this week strengthening the capacity of its 16.35 Cardiff to Ebbw Vale service to four carriages, which will be able to accommodate nearly 300 commuters.

In March Arriva boosted the capacity of some of its trains from two to four carriages for two weeks as part of a trial but later went back to two carriages.

An Arriva spokesman said: “We always look to strengthen services across our network in line with customer demand, aiming to use our finite fleet to maximum efficiency.

“On March 4 we trialled a four-carriage service for two weeks. Following a review, we then trialled a three-carriage service which was then deemed sufficient to meet the demand for the Ebbw Vale services in question at that time.”

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3:33pm Mon 9 Dec 13

_Bryan_ says...

As a regular user of this service, I can say that there is rarely an issue on the 16:35 train, except during school holidays or the few weeks in the run up to Christmas.

The train that really needs new carriages is the 17:35. This normally runs with 4 but would benefit from having 6 - or better yet, an extra service at say 17:05 to help spread demand.
As a regular user of this service, I can say that there is rarely an issue on the 16:35 train, except during school holidays or the few weeks in the run up to Christmas. The train that really needs new carriages is the 17:35. This normally runs with 4 but would benefit from having 6 - or better yet, an extra service at say 17:05 to help spread demand. _Bryan_

4:04pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Bobevans says...

_Bryan_ wrote:
As a regular user of this service, I can say that there is rarely an issue on the 16:35 train, except during school holidays or the few weeks in the run up to Christmas.

The train that really needs new carriages is the 17:35. This normally runs with 4 but would benefit from having 6 - or better yet, an extra service at say 17:05 to help spread demand.
The line cannot really handle 6 car trains and the problem would be it would be just needed for one journeys. N It is quite a short line and overcrowding is not a real issue. In most parts of the UK non of the journeys would be classed as overcrowded

Simplest solution would be to reconfigure the seating lay out to increase capacity
[quote][p][bold]_Bryan_[/bold] wrote: As a regular user of this service, I can say that there is rarely an issue on the 16:35 train, except during school holidays or the few weeks in the run up to Christmas. The train that really needs new carriages is the 17:35. This normally runs with 4 but would benefit from having 6 - or better yet, an extra service at say 17:05 to help spread demand.[/p][/quote]The line cannot really handle 6 car trains and the problem would be it would be just needed for one journeys. N It is quite a short line and overcrowding is not a real issue. In most parts of the UK non of the journeys would be classed as overcrowded Simplest solution would be to reconfigure the seating lay out to increase capacity Bobevans

5:34pm Mon 9 Dec 13

chelsea fatboy says...

All the stations on the line were only built to accommadate 4 coach trains, it is a bit hit & miss regarding the 1735 one day it is 4 carriages, the next day it could be 3. Agree that the 1635 needs to be 4 carriages long
All the stations on the line were only built to accommadate 4 coach trains, it is a bit hit & miss regarding the 1735 one day it is 4 carriages, the next day it could be 3. Agree that the 1635 needs to be 4 carriages long chelsea fatboy

11:14pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Brrup! says...

Lets hope the trains remain increased during the six nation season,, though half hourly services would be lovely.
Lets hope the trains remain increased during the six nation season,, though half hourly services would be lovely. Brrup!

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