Artist impression of Butetown station, via TfW

Butetown railway station works to begin

Following the confirmed plans to build a new two-platform station in the north of Butetown, construction works will soon begin to deliver this station, accompanied by the redevelopment of Cardiff Bay station.

Representing the biggest upgrade to the areas public transport in a generation, the existing Cardiff Bay station will see major enhancements, including new signage, customer information screens and other improvements. Throughout this process there should be minimal disruptions for passengers as the station will remain open throughout the works.

To accommodate services using brand new train-trams, the works will include the installation of a new track, enabling a new timetable to be introduced in 2024. These trams will be powered by overhead line equipment, with electrified lines being installed on the Core Valley Lines in South Wales in the coming weeks, including on the Bay line.

James Price, Transport for Wales Chief Executive Officer, said:

“The Bay Line transformation project is an important part of the South Wales Metro and we’re delighted to be able to begin construction work on the brand-new station in Butetown, as well as important upgrades to Cardiff Bay station.

“From 2024 we’ll be providing a smoother, greener, modern public transport service which will open up a range of opportunities for people living in Butetown and the wider Cardiff Bay area.

“We’re keen to continue working collaboratively with local residents through workshops and drop-in sessions, where people will be able to get more information and ask questions about the Bay Line transformation.”

Beginning this month, a construction compound on Lloyd George Avenue will be built, providing a facility for works to be managed and giving workers welfare facilities. Track works are scheduled to begin in early 2023. Vegetation management work will also be conducted to safely provide the electrical clearances for the public, staff and the infrastructure for the overhead line equipment which will be installed.

Fitting into a wider collaborative vision between Cardiff Council and the Welsh Government, the works will explore future transport routes between Cardiff Central and Newport Road, via the Cardiff Bay line and Porth Teigr.

This transformation project has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

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