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Ebbw Vale - Newport Rail Link Opens Today

Yes, after years of frustration, EV now has a rail link to Newport.

Are you surprised that no politician is claiming the credit for this?

Hardly surprising, since this is only temporary, and there's a big downside - no trains direct to Cardiff until 19th May.

Due to "major engineering works" designed to "increase the reliability of services" from today until Monday 19th May the EV-Cardiff train will terminate at er..... Newport, from where you can get a connection (ie normally running train) to Cardiff.

This probably adds about 20-30 mins to journey times.

Coming back there's no EV train from Platform 0 at 35 past the hour. You have to catch the Great Western 25 past to Newport then hop along to Platform 4 where the EV train departs at 47 past the hour. Arrival times are the same, so journeys up the valley take about 10 mins longer (unless you don't realise that you have to be at Cardiff Central 10 mins earlier, in which case the journey will take an extra hour and 10 mins).

Now, who said a Newport link wasn't feasible/practical or the like?

Well well what do you think?

Llanhilleth-Cardiff (direct) takes 37 minutes.
I've taken the 08:48 and been in Cardiff at 09:35.

Llan-Cardiff via Newport - 41 mins. 08:48 arrive Newport 09:21 Plat 4 then hop over to Platform 2 and catch the 09:25 to Cardiff. If you miss it then get the 09:30 or if you want a coffee then the 09:41 will do etc. etc.
Basically a connection every 5-10 mins.

Coming back's almost as easy as well.
Latest safe bet is the 25 past from Cardiff Central, Newport Plat 2 at 39 past, train departs Plat 4 at 45 past.
The 1/2 past from Cardiff will also make it if it's on time.

So, why a Cardiff link?
ONE train, TWO cities is clearly possible.

Oh - and while we're at it, the two Newport-EV trains cross between Crosskeys and Risca, so clearly SEPARATE services would be possible.

I wonder if our Council will use this as a lever ?

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