Cardiff Queen Street railway station
() is Wales' second busiest railway station
. It is one of 20 stations in the city
and two in the city centre, the other being Cardiff Central
. The station is staffed at most times, with ticket purchase facilities, a newsagent in the forecourt and a café on platforms 1 and 2, where toilets are also found.
A station known as "Crockherbtown" on this site was built in 1840 by the Taff Vale Railway
, whose headquarters were also located here. It was rebuilt and given its present name in 1887. Other major rebuildings took place in 1907 and by British Rail
in 1973. In 2005, the station was fitted with new ticket gates, operational when the station is manned, which allow easier access in both directions. In 2006 plasma TV screens replaced the old information display monitors.
The old station car park is now dedicated for private use by residents of a nearby modern development of apartments
known as "The Aspect".
Queen Street is the main hub of the Valley Lines
network - a railway system serving Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan
and the South Wales Valleys
- and has the solitary connection to Cardiff Bay
. The station is located at the eastern end of the city centre
, near the Capitol Centre
, and sees heavy volumes of commuter rail
traffic during the rush hour
The station has three utilised platforms at a level raised above the surrounding roads. Platform 1 is... Read More