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New train station proposals still in development, Transport for Wales says

The proposed design for the Cardiff Crossrail tram-trains (Pic: Transport for Wales)

PROPOSALS for a train station next to one of Cardiff’s newest housing estates are still in development, according to Transport for Wales (TfW).

There are currently plans to build five new train stations in Cardiff as part of wider plans to improve rail connectivity across the area.

There is no expected completion date for Ely Mill train station, which is earmarked for land near The Mill housing estate on Sanatorium Road and The Boulevard, but TfW has insisted it is still in development.

The completion of the railway station is subject to continued development work, a positive business case and securing funding and planning.

Ely Mill is in development as part of a package of works looking at wider rail improvements for the city line in and proposals for the north west corridor in Cardiff.

The Welsh Government unveiled plans for the South Wales Metro – a series of transport improvements which will include the introduction of new tram-trains and stations – in 2013.

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Other stations which are expected to come to Cardiff as part of the scheme include Butetown, Crwys Road, Cardiff East and Gabalfa.
Here is a closer look at those stations and where they are up to in terms of their development.

Cardiff East

This station is part of the South Wales Mainline Programme and is currently at the stage where an outline business case is being developed.

The project, which intends to increase the frequency and speed of rail journeys from South West Wales to Bristol, also proposes introducing four additional new stations between Cardiff and Newport, including Newport West, Somerton, Llanwern and Magor and Undy.

The next stage in the development of Cardiff East involves securing funding from the UK Government to further develop the design and full business case for the South Wales Mainline Programme.

A consultation on the five stations in that programme has just been completed by TfW and they are in the process of writing a report on this.

However, there is no expected completion date for the station yet.

Gabalfa 

Cardiff Council is helping the Welsh Government and TfW in the development of the Metro and in its 2019 transport white paper the local authority said this included the delivery of a new railway station in Gabalfa.

The station has been proposed for a derelict piece of land off Mynachdy Road previously earmarked for more than 360 flats.

According to TfW there has been some early work undertaken to develop options for funding and further work will continue when funding is made available.

The delivery timeline for key transport projects in Cardiff Council’s transport white paper shows that they expect the station at Gabalfa to be open by 2028, but TfW said there was no expected completion date for the station at this stage.

Butetown

Building work on the new Butetown railway station is already underway.

The construction of the station, which is part of a scheme involving the transformation of the line down to Cardiff Bay, also involves the redevelopment of Cardiff Bay station.

Plans to build the two platform station, which will be located to the north of Cardiff Bay station along Lloyd George Avenue, were confirmed in 2022.

Services are expected to start operating at the site in 2025 or 2026.

Cardiff Council cabinet members will meet on Thursday, March 21, to make a decision on proposals to procure and appoint a delivery partner for the first phase of Cardiff Crossrail which will involve the development of a new tram-train line between Cardiff Central and Cardiff Bay railway station.

The eventual aim of Cardiff Crossrail is to develop a tram-train line that runs from the northwest of the city to the east.

Crwys Road 

The final design work for Crwys Road railway station is currently underway and construction is set to begin once this is complete.

Planning permission for the station was approved by Cardiff Council in 2023 and it will be located just north of the railway line that passes underneath Crwys Road.

The eastern platform will be nearly 90m long, stretching from Davior Close to Moy Road, and the western platform will run from Norman Street and Alexander Street to Crwys Road.

Construction is expected to take place on the station in 2025/26.

In September, 2023, TfW conducted further groundwork investigations and drainage surveys at the site to help inform its final design work.

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