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TfW to begin works on new Butetown railway station

Transport for Wales (TfW) have confirmed upcoming plans for the build of a new two-platform station in the north of Butetown, coming as part of a generational upgrade to the public transport sector that will also see renovations at Cardiff Bay station. Preparation works will begin this Autumn before the projects commence.

The construction works for the new Butetown railway station and Cardiff Bay will begin this December, rolling into the new year. For the duration of the project, Cardiff Bay station will remain open for passengers whilst a new platform is installed, as well as new signage among various enhancements. The proposed signage upgrades will be bilingual in an attempt to improve accessibility for passengers navigating through their travels.

Revised plans for Cardiff Bay previously included a Metro station at Loudoun Square and a short extension to The Flourish. Though these were scrapped at the end of 2020, existing upgrades will transform passenger travel, shown via the new platform which will afford faster and more frequent services using brand new tram-trains, with a new timetable set to be in place from spring 2024.

An early 2021 review outlined that the implementation of a train station further north of Loudoun Square would provide better access for the wider Butetown community, allowing for an east to west crossing at Loudoun Square. This would partner with the Cardiff Bay station to supply better access for local amenities.

James Price, Transport for Wales Chief Executive, commented:

 “The Bay Line transformation project is an important part of the South Wales Metro and we’re delighted to be able to start work on the brand-new station in Butetown before the end of the year.

“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 work collaboratively with local residents through workshops and drop-in sessions and we’re proud to sponsor this year’s Butetown Carnival, where people will be able to get more information and ask questions about the Bay Line transformation.”

The Welsh Government and TfW are committed to an ambitious programme of Metro improvements known as the Core Valleys Lines (CVL) Transformation. This transformation project has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

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