The Rhymney Line
is a commuter rail line
running from Central Cardiff
through the Rhymney valley
in the north of the city, to Caerphilly
The name comes from the fact that the original line followed was part of the Rhymney Railway
The line is currently operated by Arriva Trains Wales
(ATW) as part of the Valley Lines
network. ATW replaced the previous franchise
, Wales & Borders Trains
in December 2003.
In March 2007 the latest in a series of infrastructure improvements on the Valley Lines was announced, included lengthening of platforms between Rhymney and Penarth
to allow Class 150
units to operate in multiples of 3 (6 cars). However, this is postponed indefinitely due to the sub-lease by the Department for Transport
, to First Great Western
, of the units that would have allowed this extra capacity.
The line currently has a 15 minute daytime headway between Bargoed and Cardiff, with most journeys terminating at Penarth. Prior to re-signalling early in 2006, a 20 minute headway was operated. North of Bargoed, one train per hour runs over the single track to Rhymney. The Sunday service operates over the entire length of the line every 2 hours, though this now runs all the day since Dec 2005.
Current stock comprises DMU classes 142, 143 and 150. The Rhymney line was one of the final two routes worked by Class 37/4 diesel locomotives
on passenger trains (the other being the West Highland......