Cardiff Crossrail proposals unveiled

A Transport Vision for Cardiff has been unveiled by the leader of Cardiff City Council. It includes a Circle Line and a Crossrail route, which would be operated by light rail vehicles.

Cardiff Cross Rail Vision

A lightrail/tram line that connects central Cardiff with major population centres to the east and west. It will include a new station at Rover Way/Newport Road, via the docks, Lloyd George Avenue and the City Line to the northwest of Cardiff and into Rhondda Cynon Taff which will:

help transform the bay, with direct, frequent tram connections to Cardiff Central interchange.  It will regenerate the link between the city centre, Bute Town, and the bay with the creation of an urban park.

Improve rail connections and transport access for parts of Cardiff suffering economic challenges (including Splott, Tremorfa and Ely) and help bring forward further business development along the route into Rhondda Cynon Taff.

Directly tackle the need to link major new housing sites in north-west Cardiff with the rest of Cardiff to avoid unmanageable congestion.

Cardiff Circle Line Vision

Our vision sees the creation of a complete light rail or tram Circle Line around Cardiff which will connect the Coryton line to the Taff Vale line north of Radyr. This will provide:

Upgrading the existing Coryton and City lines to four services plus per hour in both directions

New bus interchange station to allow changes on to different modes of transport  

Bigger pools of employment for locations such as Nantgarw and Pontypridd (not just Cardiff city centre) by making it easier for Cardiff’s residents to access those locations using public transport

Source: Cardiff City Council

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