Line closure between Abercynon and Merthyr Tydfil
Written by Gavin on 6th October 2022
Transport for Wales is continuing to move forward with the building of the South Wales Metro with major works being undertaken across the Core Valley Lines.
From Tuesday 11 October to Thursday 3 November 2022, the railway line between Abercynon and Merthyr Tydfil will be closed to allow heavy engineering works to take place, as part of preparations for the introduction of brand-new electric tram-trains. During this period TfW will be operating a rail replacement bus service calling at all stations on this line.
The 25-day closure will allow engineers to carry out complex work including the completion of the remaining foundations and the steel post installations for Overhead Line Equipment, new track works for switches and crossings at Pentrebach and Quakers Yard, further work to construct the new platform at Quakers Yard, improvement works at other stations, line speed improvements and devegetation across the line.
Major blockades help reduce the need for night working as much as possible, reducing the need to disturb line-side neighbours overnight.
The investment in the Metro will significantly improve connectivity providing access to jobs, leisure and other opportunities for the people of Wales, through unifying rail, bus and active travel routes.
The project has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through Welsh Government.
More information about Metro is available on the TfW website, including a blog article answering some frequently asked questions about the Metro transformation work.