Friday 30 Apr 2004


Region & Route:
| Wales & Western: Wales & Borders
| Wales & Western
Work is to begin this summer on the Barry Town to Bridgend railway line, restoring passenger train services to the Vale of Glamorgan for the first time since the early 1960s. Network Rail, the infrastructure operator, today announced that contracts are in place for scheme, which includes building new stations at Llantwit Major and Rhoose together with a new bay platform at Bridgend. Additional signalling will be provided to increase the capacity of the route and the track will be upgraded to allow trains to travel at higher speeds than the existing track allows. Work project – costing in the region of £17 million - begins June and it is anticipated the new passenger service – to be operated by Arriva Trains Wales - will commence in spring 2005. The work has been funded by the National Assembly for Wales and the contracts will be managed by Network Rail. - more – Passenger service – 2             “We are delighted to be able to make this announcement this week,” said David Mather, Commercial Sponsor for Network Rail. “Awarding the contracts brings this important project to its final stage. The next step will be starting the work and we look forward to seeing the first services running next year.”

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