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Transforming the Ebbw Vale line

We’re upgrading the railway between Newport and Ebbw Vale so that passengers will benefit from more rail services in the future on the line. 

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.

What will the work involve?

Between early 2022 and late 2023, a huge programme of work will be carried out which includes:

  • 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 the work take place?

For the duration of the project – which is expected to last approximately 18 months – work will take 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.

In October 2022, the Ebbw Vale line will be closed to passenger trains for 9 days from Saturday 22 to Sunday 30 October. Major work will be carried out including:

  • replacing Bridge Street rail over road bridge in Newbridge
  • starting to reconstruct retaining walls in Crumlin and Abercarn
  • continuing platform work at Llanhilleth and Newbridge stations
  • installing new track and signals at various points along the line

After October, our work will continue until late summer 2023. There will be additional dates where we can work 24/7 as the Ebbw Vale line will be closed to passengers which include:

  • Sunday 20 November 2022
  • Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 March 2023
  • Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 March 2023
  • Sunday 23 April 2023
  • Sunday 14 May 2023
  • Sunday 21 May 2023
  • Saturday 27 May to Sunday 11 June 2023 (inclusive)
  • Sunday 18 June 2023
  • Sunday 25 June 2023
  • Sunday 2 July 2023
  • Sunday 9 July 2023
  • Sunday 16 July 2023

There may be additional dates during late 2022 and spring 2023 too but these dates haven’t yet been confirmed.

During late summer 2022, work will begin at Llanhilleth and Newbridge stations to extend the existing platforms, build new platforms on the opposite side to the existing platforms and install a brand-new fully accessible footbridge with lifts at Llanhilleth station. We are expecting this work to last approximately 12 months.

Throughout these periods, buses will replace trains between Ebbw Vale Town and Cardiff Central. Our advice to passengers is to check National Rail Enquiries or Transport for Wales for more information before travelling.

We will update this page with further details of dates and locations where we’ll be working throughout the duration of the project.

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.

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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