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Passenger trains last ran on the branch in 1966, but on February 6 2008 the line reopened with trains running to Cardiff. In the second phase of the opening, alternate trains will travel to Newport or Cardiff.
Please note. The period of validity of the National Network timetables has
Any times and travel details given apply only for the currency of the timetable valid from May 18 2014 to December 13 2014.
From Ebbw Vale Parkway, Monday to Saturday services to Cardiff
operate hourly at 40 minutes past the hour between 6.40am and
On Sundays, there are departures at 8.40am, 10.27am, 12.27pm, 2.30pm,4.30pm, 6.30pm and 8.30pm.
From Cardiff Central, Monday to Saturday, there are hourly departures at 35 minutes past the hour between 6.35am and 9.35pm with a last service at 11.05pm
On Sundays, there are departures at 7.40am, 9.24am, 11.25am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm.
Special fares and/or timetables will apply to all Valley Line services on event days at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Other opened stations to Cardiff (with approximate journey times from Ebbw Vale in minutes) are: Llanhilleth (8); Newbridge (14); Crosskeys (22); Risca and Pontymister (25); Rogerstone (31); Cardiff Central (57).
Stations which are not included in the Phase One opening are enclosed in [square brackets].
A dedicated shuttle bus service runs between Ebbw Vale Parkway and the town centre, extending to the Rassau district of Ebbw Vale
Ebbw Vale Parkway
As may be gathered from the Parkway suffix, the terminus is distant from the town of Ebbw Vale itself.
Close to Ebbw Vale Parkway are industrial and housing estates, many built on land recovered when the extensive steel and tinplate works were dismantled. A new hospital opened on the site in 2010, and the same year the Welsh Eisteddfod was staged in the town. Ebbw Vale hosted the Garden Festival at Victoria in 1992, and a retail Park now occupies the site. Nearby there is also an Owl Sanctuary.
Mostly residential, this was formerly the site of Marine Colliery which dominated the village.
This is a proposed new station in the second phase of development which will be on a short branch diverging from the main route at Aberbeeg.
The Workingmen's Institute has been refurbished and is a vital part of the community. A regeneration scheme is set to provide new businesses and sporting facilities in the area.
(At right, an Ebbw Vale to Cardiff Central service is seen approaching Newbridge) Newbridge town centre and Newbridge Comprehensive School are close to the station, but perhaps the most famous building in the town is The 'Memo'. This is a former miners' hall - the Celynen Collieries Institute and Memorial Hall - which featured in the BBC TV Restoration programme in 2004, running in a close second but missing out on the £4m prize which would have paid for a full and speedy revamp. Since then, it's been slow but sure progress, but the Hall is already firmly placed at the cultural heart of the entire Ebbw valley. The Institute section was officially opened on July 24 2013, and the ten-month refurbishment of the Memorial Hall cinema is due to be completed by September of this year.
Nearby is the Crosskeys campus of Gwent College. About two miles distant is the start of the scenic Cwmcarn Forest Drive, a scenic route through seven miles of forest. There are picnic and camping sites, and facilities for cycling and fishing.
Risca and Pontymister
The Monmouth and Brecon Canal is close by, allowing extensive walks along tranquil towpaths
This is the station for the bus link to Newport, which will remain in operation until the Phase Two opening of the rail link to Newport station takes place.
Nearby is the Fourteen Locks Canal and Conference Centre, part of the former Monmouth and Brecon Canal.
This long-term Phase Two station will serve mainly residential areas on the outskirts of Newport. Work on building the station is underway, and it is expected to open during 2014.
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