Wednesday 26 Jan 2005

CONGESTION EASED ON ABERDARE LINE

Region & Route:
| Wales & Western: Wales & Borders
| Wales & Western
A £2 million project to lengthen platforms at five railway stations on the Aberdare branch line has begun. Initial activity will focus on the stations at Cwmbach and Penrhiwceiber where platform ramps will be demolished to allow for the extensions to be fitted. Work at Abercynon North and Aberdare are programmed to start a few weeks later, with Fernhill following. Peter Leppard, Network Rail’s Acting Western Route Director, said: “This project will help reduce congestion currently experienced on some peak-hour services along the Aberdare line, and also when an event takes place at the Millennium Stadium.” The project is costing almost £2 million, with funding through Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council via the Welsh Assembly.  Network Rail is undertaking the works. Councillor Eudine Hanagan, Rhondda Cynon Taf Cabinet Member for Better Public Services and Transport, said:  "Through partnership with the Welsh Assembly Government we are pleased to announce the start of work on the Aberdare Branch Line. "This investment in our local rail service will increase the route's capacity and allow greater opportunities for Cynon Valley residents to use the railways as an alternative to cars. "Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is committed to improving our transport infrastructure throughout the Valleys and the upgrading of the Cynon Valley Line is an important step forward." Overall completion is programmed for the end of June when four-car trains will be able to operate.

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