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Vale of Glamorgan Council explore possibility of creating new station

Vale of Glamorgan Council are set to look into the possibility of creating new St Athan railway station.

The Council have commissioned a consultancy firm to explore the feasibility of creating the new railway station.

Two stations were previously located near St Athan village, Gileston and St Athan Road however both are currently closed.

The reopening of the Vale of Glamorgan Line in 2005 brought new rail links to the area with opening of Llantwit Major and Rhoose Cardiff International Airport stations.

Vale of Glamorgan Council wishes to find out if an opportunity exists to re-establish a station close to St Athan.

Consultancy firm Arcadis will assess whether an area around the Barry to Llantwit Major Road will be suitable for the development.

Arcadis will consider environmental features, land information and planning limitations.

These factors will be assessed along with station requirements like vehicle, pedestrian and cycle access.

Cllr John Thomas, Vale of Glamorgan Council Ward Member for St Athan spoke on how the prospective new station would support the local community.

Cllr Thomas said: “I’m delighted that we are looking into the possibility of locating a railway station at St Athan.

“With the local population growing it is sensible that we look into expanding public transport services.”

Cllr Peter King, Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood services and Transport believes a new station would enhance the Council’s environmental policies.

Cllr King said: “Increasing the use of public transport is in keeping with the Council’s Project Zero initiative to reduce carbon emissions.

“So this is something we are very interested in investigating.”

After the Arcadis study has been completed Vale of Glamorgan Council will assess what their next steps should be.

RTM Dec/Jan 23


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