Transport for Wales consultation on new stations and better cross border services

Transport for Wales (TfW) consultation map - new stations between Cardiff Central and Severn Tunnel Junction with improved cross border services

Transport for Wales (TfW) are running a consultation on their proposals for five new railway stations between Cardiff Central and Severn Tunnel Junction, and new cross border rail services to alleviate vehicle congestion on the M4 Motorway.

New stations

The scheme aims to improve connectivity between suburban communities and key regional destinations in SE Wales and SW England. The five new railway stations would be located at Cardiff East (Newport Road), Newport West, Somerton, Llanwern, and Magor & Undy.

Existing and new Cardiff to Cheltenham rail services, and new Cardiff to Bristol services will serve the proposed stations. At least two, and up to four trains per hour in each direction will call at them. They’ll be safe and accessible, with secure cycle storage facilities, making it easier for our customers to walk, wheel or cycle to and from the stations. There will be interchange to buses at many of the stations.

Better services

Three possible service patterns are detailed in TfW’s proposals – these are in addition to existing GWR long-distance trains which serve Cardiff-Bristol. 

Option 1

  • Two trains per hour between Cardiff Central and Severn Tunnel Junction.
  • One train per hour Cardiff Central to/from Cheltenham Spa (TfW).
  • One train per hour Cardiff Central to/from Bristol Temple Meads (TfW or GWR).

Option 2

  • Three trains per hour between Cardiff Central and Severn Tunnel Junction.
  • One train per hour Cardiff Central to/from Cheltenham Spa (TfW).
  • Two trains per hour Cardiff Central to/from Bristol Temple Meads (TfW or GWR).

Option 3

  • Four trains per hour between Cardiff Central and Severn Tunnel Junction.
  • Two trains per hour Cardiff Central to/from Cheltenham Spa (TfW).
  • Two trains per hour Cardiff Central to/from Bristol Temple Meads (TfW or GWR).

Significance for Bristol

TfW’s proposals could be significant for the Bristol area as they could lead to improvements in services to Patchway, Filton Abbey Wood, Ashley Down (where construction is going well!), Stapleton Road and Lawrence Hill. This increase in local stopping services could also add weight to the argument for a passing loop and new footbridge at Pilning. These improvements would facilitate a proper service to Pilning which is situated very close to the Severnside and Western Approach employment areas.

Next steps

Transport for Wales are currently developing the outline business case and will need to assess the potential benefits and affordability of the scheme.

Bristol Rail Campaign have responded to the online survey.

You can find full station outline designs and service proposals here. The deadline for survey response is 14th January 2024.


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3 responses to “Transport for Wales consultation on new stations and better cross border services”

  1. The Independent Brigg Line Rail Group avatar

    The main priority should be Pilning where a realistic passenger service should start calling.

    With the short term philosophy of platform lighting being added, with the medium long-term of a Footbridge and the reinstatement of the Seven Tunnel bound platform

    1. Amon Sadler avatar
      Amon Sadler

      Dear Brigg Line Rail Group,

      Of course I do agree that the people of Pilning deserve a decent rail service. However, the location of Pilning is far from ideal – it is a mile from the village due to its original use as a junction for the New Passage line, making it far more practical to take a bus or use the Severn Beach line, a similar distance from the village. The station is currently not useful for much more than a park-and-ride and a starting point for walks. Even in the most optimistic of circumstances, I find it difficult to imagine this line reopening due to its alignment in Severn Beach having been built over so extensively. In light of this I believe the best option is to relocate the station into the cutting for the Severn Tunnel, with stair and ramp access. Although this would undoubtedly be more expensive, this provides a much better service for the village of Pilning, justifying a more frequent service.

  2. Amon Sadler avatar
    Amon Sadler

    While this would be good, I find it hard to see passengers using the station in its current location. Although it would be expensive, I believe the best option for the village of Pilning would be a new station located in the cutting for the Severn Tunnel, with access by ramp and stairs, already in the location of a pair of goods loops. I see this as the only viable way to get anything more than an hourly service to Pilning. This does raise the issue of goods loops, but these could easily be relocated to the present location of the station. The existing station could be closed to save costs after a station is also built at Almondsbury.

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