Rhondda station re-opens after 40 years
News Wales: 29/11/2007
A new train service for Llanharan will be open for passengers next week. It will offer hourly services between Cardiff, Bridgend and Maesteg on Mondays to Saturdays, together with three return journeys to Cardiff on Sundays.
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council and Arriva Trains Wales have been working with Network Rail and contractor Galliford Try to deliver the new station on the site of the former station that closed in 1964.
The station will be officially opened in February when the car park and other minor works are fully completed but the station will be open to the public on December 9, well in time for people to carry out their Christmas shopping.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council's Cabinet Member for Better Public Services and Transport Cllr Eudine Hanagan said: "We have been working together with the community on this much needed station and are delighted to see that the work is sufficiently advanced to enable trains to stop in the village before Christmas.
“This is a clear statement of intent and whilst the station is not yet fully finished, we wanted to enable local passengers to use their new rail service at the earliest opportunity."
The new station will feature the latest technology, such as electronic passenger information displays, CCTV coverage, public help points and well-lit platforms and footpaths for security. There will also be a new passenger car park.
Trains will stop at the station from 9 December 2007 to coincide with the railway timetable change date, with the first trains being at 0948 to Pencoed and Bridgend (and onward to Milford Haven) and at 12.13 to Pontyclun and Cardiff (and onward to Manchester).