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EBBW VALE (Western Valleys) BRANCH

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.
Since the closure the branch was not idle, seeing frequent steel and tinplate trains to the Works at Ebbw Vale. The tinplate works closed in July 2002 and the last freight train ran in 2003. The Works were dismantled leaving land ripe for redevelopment. It is at the southern end of this redevelopment that the present terminus station on the branch has been built. Subsequently, the line will be extended farther up the valley to a station closer to the centre of town. In the stations list below, station names enclosed in [square brackets] are those which will be built in the Second Phase of the scheme.

Please note. The period of validity of the National Network timetables has changed.
Any times and travel details given  apply only for the currency of the timetable valid from December 8 2013 to May 17 2014.

From Ebbw Vale Parkway, Monday to Saturday services to Cardiff operate hourly at 40 minutes past the hour between 6.40am and 10.40pm.
On Sundays, there are departures at 8.40am, 10.27am, 12.27pm, 2.30pm,4.30pm, 6.30pm and 8.40pm.
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, 11.30, 1.30pm, 3.30pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Between January 5 and February 9, the 7.40am train does not run. Instead, there is a bus from Cardiff Central at 7.18am which runs to Rogerstone, from whence a train to Ebbw Vale leaves at 8.03am.

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].

[Ebbw Vale]
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.

[Cwm]
Mostly residential, this was formerly the site of Marine Colliery which dominated the village.

[Abertillery]
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.

Llanhilleth
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.

Newbridge
(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 start in August of that year.

Crosskeys
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

Rogerston
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.

[Pye Corner]
This long-term Phase Two station will serve mainly residential areas on the outskirts of Newport.

This page is an extract from the Valley Lines pages. To access the main site select either the Taff Valleys and Cardiff section, the  Ebbw Vale (Western Valleys), Rhymney Valley, Cardiff and coast section, or the full version which combines the two.
Select this link to return to the Gazetteer of Stations or Route Sections page.

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