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South Wales Metro ‘A Step Closer’


New train timetables on the Valley Lines and across Cardiff are being heralded as ‘one step closer to the South Wales Metro’.

From June 2 passengers from across the South Wales Valleys and Cardiff will benefit from more frequent services later into the night.

New timetables on the Merthyr, Aberdare, Treherbert, Rhymney, City and Coryton lines will provide more regular services between the South Wales valleys and the capital city.

These changes include:

  • Increase from six to eight trains per hour between Cardiff and Pontypridd, with all  calling at Treforest Estate
  • Increase from four to six trains per hour between Caerphilly and Cardiff
  • Increase from one to two trains per hour between Rhymney and Cardiff
  • More frequent evening services between Cardiff and Treherbert, Aberdare and Merthyr
  • A Sunday service on the Cardiff City line for the first time
  • A new service from Pontypridd through to Cardiff Bay without the need to change at Queen Street

The Cabinet Secretary for North Wales and Transport, Ken Skates, said:

“This is an important step on the journey to deliver the South Wales Metro.

“The new timetable will mean more frequent journeys for passengers – improving connectivity, connecting people and creating opportunity.”

The South Wales Metro which will eventually see four trains per hour from Treherbert, Aberdare, Rhymney and Merthyr to/from Cardiff.

Colin Lea, Planning and Performance Director at Transport for Wales, said:

“We’re making the change now so people can get some of those benefits early before we start introducing electric trains on these routes with an even more frequent service and faster journey times.

“The key message is to check before you travel if you use our Valley Line services.”

Elsewhere on the mainline network there will be some minor changes and all customers are being asked to check their journey details from June 2 onwards to ensure they have the latest information.



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