New plans revealed for Cardiff’s main rail stations

February 9, 2011 14 Comments »
New plans revealed for Cardiff’s main rail stations

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This is the first look at the major redevelopments planned for Wales’ two busiest railway stations.

Cardiff Central station will have a new two-storey southern entrance and ticket hall under plans submitted by Network Rail.

Nearby Cardiff Queen Street station will also finally have a new entrance fit for the 21st Century.

cardiff central station

The works are part of a £200m scheme to boost train capacity in Cardiff and surrounding areas.

However, the station redevelopments have been reduced in size.

A leading Assembly Member warned that even with the new plans, the capital would be unable to compete with other major cities without a total refurbishment of Cardiff Central.

Network Rail, which owns and operates Britain’s railways, this week submitted a prior approval application to Cardiff council.

The stations will be similar in design, featuring slate panels, grey brickwork, pavilion-style roofs, large windows and stainless steel signage.

Construction at Cardiff Queen Street is planned to start in April 2013 and at Cardiff Central in June 2014. The whole Cardiff Area Signalling Renewal project is due to be completed by May 2015.

Other enhancements include an extra platform at Cardiff Central, which will be known as platform eight, and the reopening of a disused platform at Cardiff Queen Street.

Once finished, the number of trains running to the Valleys will increase from 12 per hour to 16 per hour.

Network Rail’s prior approval application reveals the project’s funding difficulties.

“The additional funding for the station entrance buildings is no longer available and therefore it has been funded from the overall project budget,” the report states.

“Some of the original aspirations to improve the facilities to both staff and rail users alike have now been scaled back in size and facilities.”

Cardiff Central AM Jenny Randerson said the plans did not go far enough and called on the Assembly Government to commit funding to a major refurbishment of the rest of Cardiff Central.

“What we have got is a situation where Cardiff Central station is one of the 10 busiest in Britain and it’s still being treated as a suburban station,” she said. “It’s not being treated like a capital city station. Even with these refurbishments it still will not compete with the stations in other major urban centres.”

The Cardiff Area Signalling Renewal (CASR) project is funded by the Department for Transport, Assembly Government and Network Rail.

As well as the works in Cardiff, additional platforms will also be constructed at Tir-Phil, Caerphilly and Barry stations, among others.

An Assembly Government spokeswoman said last night it had committed £7m for the enhancements programme.

What do you think about the plans for the stations? Do you use Queen Street or Cardiff Central? Let us know your views in the comments below

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14 Comments

  1. Phil Need February 9, 2011 at 10:45 am - Reply

    No, no, no, no, no! Isambard Kingdom Brunel left us a wonderful building in Cardiff Central station, why must we desecrate it? If it ain’t broke – don’t fix it!

  2. Lynnette Spragg February 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    Wow finally! Why did it take so long for them to figure these stations needed upgrading?
    The commuters have known for years!!
    NB Both stations have warnings on the platform roofs about how unsafe they are – nice!

  3. Joanne March 3, 2011 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Never mind all the fancy designs – just some basic facilities would be good e.g. toilets accessible to those waiting to meet people or for those not yet ready to go up to the platforms; toilets that work (it is not helpful if you are elderly and have just dragged your case up innumerable steps to the platform only to find the loos out of order!) and access to the snack facilities if you enter the station from the rear entrance

  4. N Davey March 3, 2011 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    It's all very good planning new station building in Cardiff however this piecemeal approach is amissed oportunity for a good transport hub in the centre of Cardiff not something hidden in the backstreets, which is how it appears now.
    Cardiff Council, WAG land owners should be getting together to provide a 21st century solution to a 19th & 20th century problem.
    Why not demolish Marland house thus opening up the area around the MS carpark where a lot of antisocial behaviour takes place land scapping the area into a larger piaza. A cess could be created from the bottom end of St Mary St to the Transport hub via 20st century shopping arcade. Creating better access from the south of the station so that long distance and out of Cardiff bus services could be located allowing them to leave Cardiff via Penarth Road and the dock link road to the M4 and via Callaghan Sq to the east and north of the city.
    This would enhance the city and provide the citizens of and visitors to the Captial of Wales a far better experiance than at present

  5. Bryan Smith March 6, 2011 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    Here we go again people making decisions that are not necessary. Both Rail stations are fit for purpose and no complaints have been registered to my knowledge other than about the Bus Station. So leave what is fine and concentrate on what is not fit for purpose the Bus Station.

    • Larry March 30, 2011 at 11:27 pm - Reply

      Cardiff Central station "fit for purpose"? Cardiff is a capital city and the central station is the first experience many visitors get of the place. Yes it has some platforms so it can perform its basic function but it is depressingly out of date, the facilities would have looked tired in the 1970's and it is most definitely not what a modern transport terminus should look like. And they wander why people won't give their cars up…

  6. lion June 3, 2011 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    well i think it should keep its main style as it looks very grand and i thinks if it geets updated it will look to modern like a lot of new building in cardiff. And cardiff needs to keep some of its very big grand looking buildings.

  7. lion June 4, 2011 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    maybe put more extra platforms on cardiff central railway but personnaly i think it shouldnt get modernaised or updated becouse it looks big and grand looking now and theres no need to take that away.

  8. will September 14, 2011 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    But I don't want a new platform and a revamp new looking station, construction will probably result in a worsening of survive and after there will be minimal change.
    What is really needed is a reduction in fare prices then a general increase in stock for longer trains and maybe electrification. not a new station.

  9. John Hodge October 1, 2012 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    All stations need escalators not steps. Go to London and escalators are everywhere on stations. Go to Cardiff and there's not one. The passenger facilities (toilets, buffets etc) need radical improvement, but don't waste money demolishing the imposing facade to Central station and creating a modern eyesore!

  10. J. Smith November 10, 2012 at 1:08 am - Reply

    I hate this new proposed design for Cardiff Central Station as it takes away all its character. Update passenger facilities (toilets, buffets etc) and revamp ways onto the plaforms by allmeans, but leave the main facade alone. Too much of Cardiff has already lost its character and is beginning to look like any other city.

  11. A Davies January 12, 2013 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    This is what Queen Street Station looked like until 1973 when it was demolished and re-built in the name of "progress"
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/taffytank/6189500691

    Just have a little think about that

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