Swansea Bay Metro

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Swansea Bay Metro is a proposed railway enhancement around the Swansea Bay area of South Wales.[1][2] The project could take up to 10 years to complete.[3]

About the Project[edit]

The proposal would see a new line from Baglan to Swansea station via Swansea Bay, which would allow a 30-minute service between Cardiff and Swansea following the scrapping of plans for electrification between the two cities in July 2017. The project is estimated to cost £1 billion. The project could see reopening of the Neath Valley line through new stations at Neath Abbey, Jersey Marine, Neath and Aberdulais, an on-street connection from Swansea to Mumbles, and new stations via the existing Swansea to Cardiff route.[4] The project promises better use of existing infrastructure and faster journey times.

A feasibility study is due to start in April 2018.[5]

Proposals[edit]

  • A new line from Baglan to Swansea station diverting the mainline from the current route via Neath, reducing journey times to 30 Minutes
  • The new Main Line would have stations at Swansea Bay Campus and SA1
  • Reopening of the current freight only Neath Valley Line to passengers with new stations at Jersey Marine, Neath Abbey, Neath (shown as Neath 2) and Aberdulais
  • A new line from Neath to Llansamlet Interchange via a new station at Llandarcy
  • New stations on the existing Swansea to Baglan at Llansamlet Interchange, Phoenix and Morfa
  • New stations at M4 J45, Morriston, M4 J46 and Pontlliw
  • A new station on Station Road in Swansea[6]

Councillors in Neath have expressed resistance to the idea of diverting trains between Cardiff and Swansea away from Neath. Councillor Rob Jones, the leader of Neath Port Talbot council said;

References[edit]

  1. ^ "£1bn Swansea metro plan proposed". 20 September 2017 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  2. ^ "Swansea Bay Metro - Google Search". www.google.co.uk.
  3. ^ "Decade to overhaul Swansea's transport". 12 February 2018 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  4. ^ "Swansea to Cardiff in 30 minutes and a Swansea Bay Metro". swalesmetroprof.blog. 15 September 2017.
  5. ^ Jones, Arwyn (18 March 2018). "Metro 'should use driverless technology'" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  6. ^ Jones, Arwyn (18 March 2018). "Metro 'should use driverless technology'". BBC News. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Press Release - Council leader repeats opposition to any rail 'downgrade'". www.npt.gov.uk. 30 April 2018. Retrieved 19 May 2018.