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Transforming the Ebbw Vale line

We are now entering the final phase of work to transform the Ebbw Vale line between Newport and Ebbw Vale – which will enable more trains to run on the line in the future for passengers. 

Funded by Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, supported by a loan from the Welsh Government, the £70m investment will allow a new hourly passenger service between Ebbw Vale Town and Newport. 

A £17m signalling upgrade – funded by Network Rail via the Department for Transport – will be delivered at the southern end of the line. 

How long will the project take to complete?

Work started in early 2022 and will be finished at the end of 2023. A huge programme of work is being carried out along the entire length of the line including: 

  • managing vegetation alongside the railway 
  • setting up site compounds and access points near to the railway which will be used throughout the duration of the project 
  • laying approximately 2 miles of new track between Aberbeeg and Crosskeys to create a 7-mile passing loop which will be brought into use during 2023 
  • building new platforms at Llanhilleth and Newbridge stations and extending the existing platforms so that they can potentially accommodate longer trains in the future 
  • improving facilities for passengers at Llanhilleth and Newbridge stations 
  • making Llanhilleth station fully accessible for the first time with the installation of a brand-new footbridge and lifts 
  • upgrading the signalling in the Gaer and Rogerstone areas of Newport 
  • closing Park Junction Signal Box and moving control of the signalling to the Wales Route Operating Centre in Cardiff 
  • replacing the rail bridge over Bridge Street in Newbridge

When will this work be carried out?

Work is taking place during the daytime and overnight, as that’s often the safest times for our staff to work. There will be occasions where we work 24/7 which will mean no trains will be running. 

The next major set of work will be from Wednesday 15 November to Monday 4 December 2023 as the team will be working continuously (24/7). During this time a bus replacement service will be in operation between Ebbw Vale Town and Cardiff Central. Please check Transport for Wales or National Rail before travelling. 

We thank passengers for their patience throughout this work and have planned several shorter closures of the line to reduce the impact on communities and passengers as much as possible. 

Working with our partners

We are working closely with Transport for Wales, Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, Caerphilly County Borough Council and Newport City Council to ensure passengers, our lineside neighbours, the local community and local stakeholders are all aware of our plans.

Level Crossings  

We will also be carrying out some minor improvements at footpath level crossings on the line prior to the new services commencing. As always, we must remind any users of the level crossings to follow the safety instructions on the signage before using the crossing. More information can be found about level crossings here.

Background to the reopening of the Ebbw Vale line

The Ebbw Vale line reopened in 2008 after being closed for 40 years and was instantly popular with passengers. In 2014, a brand-new station at Pye Corner opened serving passengers at the southern end of the line and in 2015, approximately 1.5miles of new track was laid to extend the railway from Ebbw Vale Parkway to a brand-new station at Ebbw Vale Town. 

The Welsh Government committed funding to enhance the line to enable an additional train service to run between Ebbw Vale Town and Newport. This will open up jobs, training and leisure opportunities to people in the communities along the line. 

Frequently asked questions

Get in touch

For any comments or questions regarding the project, please contact our 24-hr national helpline on 03457 11 41 41 or email us at crwales@networkrail.co.uk.

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