New Platform Opens at Cardiff Central Station

A new platform has opened at Cardiff Central Station. Platform 8, is part of a £300 million project which has an aim of modernising Cardiff’s main station. The new platform will be used for all of the Vale of Glamorgan lines including Barry Island and Penarth and rail bosses say it should ‘Ease Congestion’

Christian Irwin, programme manager for Network Rail Wales, said: “This brand new platform is designed to ease congestion and is just one of the many elements of this highly complex project to re-model and modernise the railway in South Wales as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan. It will allow the potential for more services to run in the Cardiff area, resulting in an increase in passenger capacity, particularly at peak times.

“As part of this project, which began in 2012, we have replaced ageing signalling equipment, enhanced track layouts, built new platforms and improved stations.

“We would like to thank the general public and rail passengers for their patience and understanding over the upcoming festive period while we complete this essential final phase of this major upgrade project which will deliver significant passenger benefits.”

From Tuesday 3 January 2017, Penarth, Barry Island and Vale of Glamorgan line services will run from platform 8 between the hours of 0600 and 2000 Monday-Saturday.

These services will continue to run from platform 7 at all other times with the exception of:

MONDAY TO FRIDAYS

06.36 Cardiff Central – Penarth Platform 4

06.56 Cardiff Central – Barry Island Platform 4

12.55 Cardiff Central – Barry Island Platform 4

SATURDAYS

06.36 Cardiff Central – Penarth Platform 4

06.56 Cardiff Central – Barry Island Platform 3

 

Image credit – network rail

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