National Rail in the United Kingdom is the trading name licensed for use by the Rail Delivery Group, an unincorporated association whose membership consists of the passenger train operating companies of England and Wales. The TOCs run the passenger services provided by the British Railways Board, from 1965 using the brand name British Rail. Northern Ireland, bordered by the Republic of Ireland, has a different system. National Rail services share a ticketing structure and inter-availability that do not extend to services which were not part of British Rail; the name and the accompanying double arrow symbol are trademarks of the Secretary of State for Transport. National Rail should not be confused with Network Rail. National Rail is a brand used to promote passenger railway services, providing some harmonisation for passengers in ticketing, while Network Rail is the organisation which owns and manages most of the fixed assets of the railway network, including tracks and signals; the two coincide where passenger services are run.
Most major Network Rail lines carry freight traffic and some lines are freight only. There are some scheduled passenger services on managed, non-Network Rail lines, for example Heathrow Express, which runs on Network Rail track; the London Underground overlaps with Network Rail in places. Twenty eight owned train operating companies, each franchised for a defined term by government, operate passenger trains on the main rail network in Great Britain; the Rail Delivery Group is the trade association representing the TOCs and provides core services, including the provision of the National Rail Enquiries service. It runs Rail Settlement Plan, which allocates ticket revenue to the various TOCs, Rail Staff Travel, which manages travel facilities for railway staff, it does not compile the national timetable, the joint responsibility of the Office of Rail Regulation and Network Rail. Since the privatisation of British Rail there is no longer a single approach to design on railways in Great Britain; the look and feel of signage and marketing material is the preserve of the individual TOCs.
However, National Rail continues to use BR's famous double-arrow symbol, designed by Gerald Burney of the Design Research Unit. It has been incorporated in the National Rail logotype and is displayed on tickets, the National Rail website and other publicity; the trademark rights to the double arrow symbol remain state-owned, being vested in the Secretary of State for Transport. The double arrow symbol is used to indicate a railway station on British traffic signs; the National Rail logo was introduced by ATOC in 1999, was used on the Great Britain public timetable for the first time in the edition valid from 26 September in that year. Rules for its use are set out in the Corporate Identity Style Guidelines published by the Rail Delivery Group, available on its website. "In 1964 the Design Research Unit—Britain’s first multi-disciplinary design agency founded in 1943 by Misha Black, Milner Gray and Herbert Read—was commissioned to breathe new life into the nation’s neglected railway industry".
The NR title is sometimes described as a "brand". As it was used by British Rail, the single operator before franchising, its use maintains continuity and public familiarity; the lettering used in the National Rail logotype is a modified form of the typeface Sassoon Bold. Some train operating companies continue to use the former British Rail Rail Alphabet lettering to varying degrees in station signage, although its use is no longer universal; the British Rail typefaces of choice from 1965 were Helvetica and Univers, with others coming into use during the sectorisation period after 1983. TOCs may use what they like: examples include Futura, Frutiger, a modified version of Precious by London Midland. Although TOCs compete against each other for franchises, for passengers on routes where more than one TOC operates, the strapline used with the National Rail logo is'Britain's train companies working together'. Several conurbations have their own metro or tram systems, most of which are not part of National Rail.
These include the London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, London Tramlink, Blackpool Tramway, Glasgow Subway, Tyne & Wear Metro, Manchester Metrolink, Sheffield Supertram, Midland Metro and Nottingham Express Transit. On the other hand, the self-contained Merseyrail system is part of the National Rail network, urban rail networks around Birmingham, Cardiff and West Yorkshire consist of National Rail services. London Overground is a hybrid: its services are operated via a concession awarded by Transport for London, are branded accordingly, but until 2010 all its routes used infrastructure owned by Network Rail. LO now possesses some infrastructure in its own right, following the reopening of the former London Underground East London line as the East London Railway. Since all the previous LO routes were operated by National Rail franchise Silverlink until November 2007, they have continued to be shown in the National Rail timetable and are still considered to be a part of National Rail.
Heathrow Express and Eurostar are not part of the National Rail network despite sharing of stations. Northern Ireland Railways were
The Welsh Government is the devolved government of Wales. It was established by the Government of Wales Act 1998, which created a devolved administration for Wales in line with the result of the 1997 referendum on devolution; the Welsh Government formally separated from the Assembly in 2007 following the passage of the Government of Wales Act 2006. The government consists of ministers, who attend cabinet meetings, deputy ministers who do not, of a counsel general, it is led by the first minister the leader of the largest party in the National Assembly, who selects ministers and deputy ministers with the approval of the assembly. The government is responsible for tabling policy in devolved areas for consideration by the assembly and implementing policy, approved by it; the current Welsh Government is a Labour led administration, following the 2016 National Assembly for Wales election. Mark Drakeford has been the First Minister of Wales since December 2018; as established, the Welsh Government had no independent executive powers in law.
The National Assembly was established as a body corporate by the Government of Wales Act 1998 and the executive, as a committee of the assembly, only had those powers that the assembly as a whole voted to delegate to ministers. The Government of Wales Act 2006 formally separated the National Assembly for Wales and the Welsh Government, giving Welsh ministers independent executive authority, this taking effect after the May 2007 elections. Following separation, the Welsh ministers exercise functions in their own right. Further transfers of executive functions from the British government can be made directly to the Welsh ministers by an Order in Council approved by the British parliament. Separation was designed to clarify the respective roles of the government. Under the structures established by the Government of Wales Act 2006, the role of Welsh ministers is to make decisions; the 60 assembly members in the National Assembly scrutinise policies. The result mirrored much more the relationship between the British government and British parliament and that between the Scottish Government and the Scottish Parliament.
The new arrangements provided for in the Government of Wales Act 2006 created a formal legal separation between the National Assembly for Wales, comprising 60 assembly members, the Welsh Assembly Government, comprising the First Minister, Welsh ministers, deputy ministers and the counsel general. This separation between the two bodies took effect on the appointment of the First Minister by Queen Elizabeth II following the assembly election on 3 May 2007. Separation was meant to clarify the respective roles of the government; the role of the government is to make decisions. The 60 assembly members in the National Assembly scrutinise the Welsh Government's decisions and policies. Assembly measures can now go further than the subordinate legislation which the assembly had the power to make prior to 2007; the assembly's functions, including that of making subordinate legislation, in the main, transferred to the Welsh ministers upon separation. A third body was established under the 2006 Act from May 2007, called the National Assembly for Wales Commission.
It employs the staff supporting the new National Assembly for Wales, holds property, enters into contracts and provides support services on its behalf. The 2006 Act made new provision for the appointment of Welsh ministers; the First Minister is nominated by the Assembly and appointed by Her Majesty the Queen. The First Minister appoints the Welsh Ministers and the Deputy Welsh Ministers, with the approval of Her Majesty; the Act created a new post of Counsel General for Wales, the principal source of legal advice to the Welsh Government. The Counsel General is appointed by the Queen, on the nomination of the First Minister, whose recommendation must be agreed by the National Assembly; the Counsel General may be, but does not have to be, an Assembly Member. The Act permits a maximum of 12 Welsh Ministers, which includes Deputy Welsh Ministers, but excludes the First Minister and the Counsel General. Accordingly, the maximum size of the Welsh Government is 14. Following the "yes" vote in the referendum on further law-making powers for the assembly on 3 March 2011, the Welsh Government is now entitled to propose bills to the National Assembly for Wales on subjects within 20 fields of policy.
Subject to limitations prescribed by the Government of Wales Act 2006, Acts of the National Assembly may make any provision that could be made by Act of Parliament. The 20 areas of responsibility devolved to the National Assembly for Wales are: Agriculture, fisheries and rural development Ancient monuments and historical buildings Culture Economic development Education and training Environment Fire and rescue services and promotion of fire safety Food Health and health services Highways and transport Housing Local government National Assembly for Wales Public administration Social welfare Sport and rec
British Railways, which from 1965 traded as British Rail, was the state-owned company that operated most of the overground rail transport in Great Britain between 1948 and 1997. It was formed from the nationalisation of the "Big Four" British railway companies and lasted until the gradual privatisation of British Rail, in stages between 1994 and 1997. A trading brand of the Railway Executive of the British Transport Commission, it became an independent statutory corporation in 1962 designated as the British Railways Board; the period of nationalisation saw sweeping changes in the national railway network. A process of dieselisation and electrification took place, by 1968 steam locomotion had been replaced by diesel and electric traction, except for the Vale of Rheidol Railway. Passengers replaced freight as the main source of business, one third of the network was closed by the Beeching Axe of the 1960s in an effort to reduce rail subsidies. On privatisation, responsibility for track and stations was transferred to Railtrack and that for trains to the train operating companies.
The British Rail "double arrow" logo is formed of two interlocked arrows showing the direction of travel on a double track railway and was nicknamed "the arrow of indecision". It is now employed as a generic symbol on street signs in Great Britain denoting railway stations, as part of the Rail Delivery Group's jointly-managed National Rail brand is still printed on railway tickets; the rail transport system in Great Britain developed during the 19th century. After the grouping of 1923 under the Railways Act 1921, there were four large railway companies, each dominating its own geographic area: the Great Western Railway, the London and Scottish Railway, the London and North Eastern Railway and the Southern Railway. During World War I the railways were under state control, which continued until 1921. Complete nationalisation had been considered, the Railways Act 1921 is sometimes considered as a precursor to that, but the concept was rejected. Nationalisation was subsequently carried out after World War II, under the Transport Act 1947.
This Act made provision for the nationalisation of the network, as part of a policy of nationalising public services by Clement Attlee's Labour Government. British Railways came into existence as the business name of the Railway Executive of the British Transport Commission on 1 January 1948 when it took over the assets of the Big Four. There were joint railways between the Big Four and a few light railways to consider. Excluded from nationalisation were industrial lines like the Oxfordshire Ironstone Railway; the London Underground – publicly owned since 1933 – was nationalised, becoming the London Transport Executive of the British Transport Commission. The Bicester Military Railway was run by the government; the electric Liverpool Overhead Railway was excluded from nationalisation. The Railway Executive was conscious that some lines on the network were unprofitable and hard to justify and a programme of closures began immediately after nationalisation. However, the general financial position of BR became poorer, until an operating loss was recorded in 1955.
The Executive itself had been abolished in 1953 by the Conservative government, control of BR transferred to the parent Commission. Other changes to the British Transport Commission at the same time included the return of road haulage to the private sector. British Railways was divided into regions which were based on the areas the former Big Four operated in. Notably, these included the former Great Central lines from the Eastern Region to the London Midland Region, the West of England Main Line from the Southern Region to Western Region Southern Region: former Southern Railway lines. Western Region: former Great Western Railway lines. London Midland Region: former London Midland and Scottish Railway lines in England and Wales. Eastern Region: former London and North Eastern Railway lines south of York. North Eastern Region: former London and North Eastern Railway lines in England north of York. Scottish Region: all lines, regardless of original company, in Scotland; the North Eastern Region was merged with the Eastern Region in 1967.
In 1982, the regions were abolished and replaced by "business sectors", a process known as sectorisation. The Anglia Region was created in late 1987, its first General Manager being John Edmonds, who began his appointment on 19 October 1987. Full separation from the Eastern Region – apart from engineering design needs – occurred on 29 April 1988, it handled the services from Fenchurch Street and Liverpool Street, its western boundary being Hertford East and Whittlesea. The report, latterly known as the "Modernisation Plan", was published in January 1955, it was intended to bring the railway system into the 20th century. A government White Paper produced in 1956 stated that modernisation would help eliminate BR's financial deficit by 1962, but the figures in both this and the original plan were produced for political reasons and not based on detailed analysis; the aim was to increase speed, reliability and line capacity through a series of measures that would make services more attractive to passengers and freight operators, thus recovering traffic lost to the roads.
Important areas included: Electrification of principal main lines, in the Eastern Region, Birmingham to Liverpool/Manchester and Central Scotland Large-scale dieselisation to replace steam locomotives New passenger and freight rolling stock R
Cardiff University Students' Union
Cardiff University Students' Union is the Students' Union for Cardiff University and is located in Cardiff, Wales. Cardiff University Students' Union supports over 200 student societies and 60 sports clubs with more than 10,000 members; the Students' Union is the recognised voice of students at Cardiff University, joining students in campaigning about the issues important to them. The trading subsidiary of CUSU, Cardiff Union Services Limited, manages a purpose built facility in the centre of Cardiff and operates cafes, shops and events that help fund CUSU’s charitable activities. CUSU is based on Park Place and at the Heath Park campus, employing over 100 permanent staff and 300 student staff; the Students' Union is a democratic membership organisation. The Students' Union is led by groups such as Elected Officers, Campaign Officers, Student Senate, Scrutiny Committee and NUS delegates. Elections for these positions are held twice each year: By-Elections are held in October for Student Senate, Scrutiny Committee and NUS Delegates as well as any positions that were not filled in the February Main Elections Main Elections are held in February for Elected Officer and Campaign Officer Positions.
Full-time elected officers – A group of 7 full-time paid individuals who each have areas of responsibility, from being the Students' Union President to Societies and Sports and Education, of course Heath Park and Postgraduate students. These officers are elected for a year, either take a year out of University to do the job or do it after they graduate. Part-time campaign officers – These are 10 student volunteers who campaign on areas that matter to you alongside their studies; this includes representing student groups such as Women, LGBT+, Black and Ethnic Minorities, Welsh Language, International Students and the Environment, Mental Health and Mature students. The Elected Officer positions consist of six Vice-presidents. Students' Union President – The President leads the Elected Officer team and the Students' Union as a whole and acts as the key link to the University's Vice-Chancellor, Pro Vice-Chancellors and Senate, as well as the NUS and other key stakeholders. Vice President Education – The VP Education represents all students on academic issues to the University.
They work with the Student Voice team and student academic representatives to review feedback and identify what changes students want. They lobbies and negotiate with Cardiff University to implement any changes that need to be made whether it’s regarding assessment and feedback or developing study spaces. Vice President Welfare & Campaigns – The VP Welfare & Campaigns works as a direct liaison between the Union and the University on all non-academic issues in the best interests of students and represents students' welfare needs to the University. Vice President Postgraduate Students – The VP Postgraduate Students represents all postgrad students on the issues and policies that affect them; this is a brand new Officer role for 2015–16, working towards building a postgrad community at Cardiff University. Vice President Heath Park Campus – The VP Heath Park campus works to improve the Heath campus student experience and the services at the Heath Park Site; the VP Heath Park campus represents Heath campus students on everything and anything whether that may be academic issues or getting involved in clubs and societies.
Vice President Sports and Athletic Union President – The Vice President Sport and Athletic Union President champions sport within the University and local community. This position prepresents students who play both competitive and participation sports to both the University and the Union. Vice President Societies & Volunteering – This position champions societies and student-led activity within the Union and community and is responsible for allocating budgets and tiers as well as supporting and promoting Student Led Services/Campaign Associations. Part-time elected officers include the Ethical and Environmental Officer, LGBT+ Officer, LGBT+ Officer, International Students Officer, Mature Students Officer, Students with Disabilities Officer, Women's Officer, Welsh Language Officer and Black, Minority Ethnics Officer and Mental Health Officer. Notable past presidents include: Neil Kinnock 1965-66 Sir Emyr Jones Parry 1968-69 Jeff Cuthbert 1974-75 Bill Rammell 1982-83 The Students’ Union at the Heath is situated in the IV Lounge in the Neuadd Meirionnydd building.
It offers services such as Student Advice, Skills Development Services and many more. The second floor of the Students’ Union houses the main reception, event function space and the developed Centre for Skills and Volunteering, as well as newly developed Food outlets, the Taf and the nightclub, Y Plas; the union's pub is called "The Taf". This is mistaken to be a reference to the River Taff which runs through Cardiff, but it is a contraction of "Tafarn", the Welsh word for "pub"; the Union has Y Plas, which holds events throughout the week. Named Solus, the Nightclub was renamed as a result of a student vote after a redevelopment of the second floor and nightclub was announced; the Union can link both the Taf bar and Y Plas with the Great hall to make a "superclub" of 4000, making it the biggest nightclub in Cardiff, one of the largest in Wales. The club was renamed Y Plas in 2014, after the refurbishments; the third floor of the Students' Union is where students can meet the elected officer team, join a sports club or society, get involved in Student Voice and democratic processes.
A counselling service, known as Student Advice which helps with all manner of issues that students
Rail is a British magazine on the subject of current rail transport in Great Britain. It is published every two weeks by Bauer Consumer Media and is available in the transport sections of many British newsagents, it is targeted at the enthusiast market, but covers business issues in depth. Rail is more than three decades old, was known as Rail Enthusiast from its launch in 1981 until 1988, it is one of only two railway magazines that increased its circulation in 2012. It has had the same cover design for at least a decade, with a capitalised italic red RAIL along the top of the front cover. Rail is customarily critical of railway institutions, including the Rail Delivery Group, the Office of Rail and Road, as well as, since it assumed greater railway powers, the Department for Transport. Rail's' continuing campaigns include one against advertising and media images showing celebrities and others walking between the rails and another against weeds on railways; the magazine's readership peaked in the late 1980s at around 45,000.
Since the market for railway magazines has declined, although more titles have appeared. To meet the change in the market, the magazine has repositioned itself from being purely enthusiast-based to being more business-oriented; this has met with some success. Rail organises conferences, including the annual National Rail Conference, the National Rail Awards and the Rail 100 Breakfast Club. Rail publishes a mix of news and features written by its own editorial staff and freelance contributors; the magazine takes a broadly supportive stance on High Speed 2 and began running a regular column dedicated to it in 2013. The magazine's Managing Editor is Nigel Harris. Other staff include Richard Clinnick. Other regular contributors include transport commentator Christian Wolmar, one of the most vociferous critics of the privatisation of railways in Britain. Many of Rail's' editorial staff appear on television and radio when a rail expert is needed to comment on a story. Comment Industry Insider Christian Wolmar The Fare Dealer Stop & Examine List of rail transport-related periodicals Modern Railways Railways Illustrated The Railway Magazine Today's Railways Official website
The Merthyr line is a commuter railway line in South Wales from central Cardiff to Merthyr Tydfil and Aberdare. The line is part of the Cardiff urban rail network, known as the Valley Lines; the line is the Taff Vale Railway, the first rail development in the Valleys in the 1840s and associated with the notorious Taff Vale Judgment in 1901 when the courts penalised trade unions for losses caused by strikes. The Aberdare line was closed in the 1960s under the Beeching Axe. However, the line was re-opened in the 1980s in an attempt to stimulate jobs and employment in the valley in response to the closure of the last few coal mines. In 2005, following further grant from the Welsh Assembly, the stations at Abercynon, Fernhill and Aberdare were extended to four-car length to accommodate longer peak trains in an initiative to relieve overcrowding, train leasing/running costs funded by the Welsh Assembly Government; the line follows the Rhondda line as far as Pontypridd, serving Cathays, Radyr, Taff's Well and Pontypridd.
It divides at Abercynon with separate branches to Merthyr and Aberdare up diverging valleys. The Merthyr branch serves Merthyr Vale, Troed-y-rhiw, Pentre-bach and Merthyr Tydfil; the Welsh Assembly Government confirmed in February 2007 that it is grant funding, in conjunction with European Union Objective 1 assistance, a scheme to upgrade the line north of Abercynon, including reinstatement of 2 miles of double track, to enable the introduction of a half-hourly train service, the revenue costs of which the Welsh Assembly Government will meet. The enhanced service was said to commence in 2008 but postponed to May 2009; the Aberdare branch serves Penrhiwceiber, Mountain Ash, Fernhill and Aberdare. The line continues beyond Aberdare – for goods purposes only – to serve Tower Colliery, the last deep coal mine to remain open in South Wales. Mountain Ash station was redeveloped with a grant from the Welsh Assembly Government in the early part of the decade, the scheme including the provision of a new station and a passing loop to permit an upgrade of the passenger service to two trains per hour from late 2003.
There are a few gaps in the half-hourly service to enable coal/stone trains to run to/from Tower Colliery/Hirwaun. The line is operated by Transport for Wales as part of the Valley Lines network. TfW replaced the previous franchise, Arriva Trains Wales in October 2018. Both the Merthyr and Aberdare branch lines have a half-hourly service during the day which decreases to hourly in the evening. On a Sunday service frequency decresaes to two-hourly. In December 2017, Arriva Trains Wales introduced extra sunday morning services on the Aberdare line on a trial basis; this was in response to demand from the local Assembly Member. The trial was deemed a success and the extra Sunday services were made permanent from April 2018. Since its termination at Aberdare following the Beeching Axe, there have been various proposals to extend the line northwards towards Hirwaun again. In recent years, these have been driven by the Welsh Assembly Government. In 2006, a study by local transport alliance Sewta appeared to rule out any such extension for the foreseeable future.
In November 2009, WAG sponsored Network Rail in a feasibility study to reopening both the section to Hirwaun, parts of the former Anglesey Central Railway between Llangefni on Anglesey, Bangor. Network Rail has begun work on gathering evidence for its study, beginning with cutting away vegetation on track sections to examine the condition of rails and track bedding, its report is expected to be published in early 2010, before any business case to reopen the lines can be developed. It was announced in March 2011 that the Welsh Assembly Government's 2011–12 capital programme would include the re-opening of the line to Hirwaun as part of the Cynon Valley Scheme. There is no information on when the work will commence and when the line will re-open. On 16 July 2012 plans to electrify the line were announced by the Government as part of a £9.4bn package of investment of the railways in England and Wales. The announcement was made as an extension of the electrification of the South Wales Main Line from Cardiff to Swansea and the electrification of the south Wales Valley Lines at a total cost of £350 million.
The investment will require new trains and should result in reduced journeys times and cheaper maintenance. It is thought to start between 2014 and 2019. List of railway stations in Cardiff Allen, David. "Taff Vale Update". RAIL. No. 330. EMAP Apex Publications. Pp. 38–39. ISSN 0953-4563. OCLC 49953699
Cardiff Queen Street railway station
Cardiff Queen Street railway station is a city-centre railway station serving the north and east of Central Cardiff, Wales. It is the second busiest railway station in Wales, being located near Queen Street, it is one of 20 stations in the city, it is, along with Cardiff Central, one of the two major hubs of the Valleys & Cardiff Local Routes local rail network. The station, all of its services are run by Transport for Wales. In 2014, a reconstruction of the station was completed in order to reduce bottlenecks, with two extra platforms being put in, taking the total number of platforms to 5 The first station close to the site of the current station, was opened by the Taff Vale Railway in October 1840 and was known as Cardiff Taff Vale; this station had one platform to begin with, but a second was added in 1862, at the same time, the head office of the Taff Vale Railway was moved alongside the station. In 1887, Taff Vale station was demolished and replaced by a new station with the current name Cardiff Queen Street, which at this time consisted of two through platforms and a south facing bay, all covered by a large overall roof.
Nearby, the Rhymney Railway built its own terminus just to the east of Queen Street called Adam Street in 1858. This was replaced in 1871 by a new station called Cardiff Crockherbtown, a short distance to the north-east of Queen Street. Crockherbtown station was renamed Cardiff in 1888 and Cardiff Parade in 1924; the Taff Vale and Rhymney railways had become part of the Great Western Railway in 1922. As there was no longer any need for two rival stations in close proximity, on 15 April 1928, the GWR opened a short connection just north of Queen Street connecting the Ryhmney line to the Taff Vale line, this allowed Parade station to be closed and its services diverted to into Queen Street. In order to accommodate the extra Rhymney line services, Queen Street was enlarged at this time from three to five platforms, with the addition of a new island platform; the station remained unaltered until 1973, when it was rebuilt by British Rail. The rebuild saw the station's overall roof removed, the original Taff Vale station frontage and booking hall demolished and replaced with a modern structure, the number of platforms reduced to three, consisting of a central island platform, a south facing bay.
Modern electric lifts were installed to take passengers from the subway to the new platforms. On the east side of the station, a large office block was constructed called Brunel House, until 1984, the headquarters of the Cardiff division of British Rail's Western RegionIn 1988, the entrance building was refurbished, in March 1990, the bay platform 3 was turned into a through platform. 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 LED screens replaced; the old station car park is now dedicated for private use by residents of a nearby modern development of apartments known as "The Aspect". As part of a £220m regeneration scheme to boost train capacity in Cardiff and the surrounding areas, Cardiff Central and Cardiff Queen Street stations were redeveloped from June 2014 and April 2013 respectively; the whole Cardiff Area Signalling Renewal project was completed by early 2017, funded by the Department for Transport, Assembly Government and Network Rail.
The Assembly Government committed £17m for the enhancements programme. As part of the scheme, a new entrance building and two new platforms were constructed at Queen Street, bringing the number of platforms back up to the pre-1973 number of five, allowing the number of trains running through the station to be increased from 12 per hour to 16 per hour; these included a second northbound through platform, a south facing bay platform reserved for the shuttle service to Cardiff Bay. The new platforms were brought into use on Sunday 14 December 2014. Platform 1 is the new bay platform for the Cardiff Bay shuttle, platform 2 is for City Line services to Radyr and trains to Penarth, Platform 3 is for trains to Barry Island and the Vale of Glamorgan line, Platform 4 is for trains to Coryton and Rhymney and the new Platform 5 is for trains to Treherbert and Merthyr Tydfil. In the Spring of 2016, the Roll of Honour off those who served the armed forces between 1914 and 1919 from the Taff Vale Railway was put on display in the Ticket Hall.
In November 2017, a QR Code was added to give more information about the men commemorated in the roll call. 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 as well as St David's Centre, sees heavy volumes of commuter rail traffic during the rush hour. The station has five utilised platforms at a level raised above the surrounding roads: Platform 5 is used for services to Rhondda Cynon Taff. Platform 4 is used for services to Bargoed as well as Coryton in north-west Cardiff. Platform 3 is used for services towards Cardiff Central and onwards to Barry Island and Bridgend via Rhoose Cardiff International Airport. Platform 2 is used for services towards Cardiff Central and onwards to Penarth and Radyr via City Line. Platform 1 is now only used for services to Cardiff Bay.
The typical Monday – Saturday service per hour is as follows:Northbound: 6 trains p