Valleys Trains Still Running Through Strikes
Written by Gavin on 21st June 2022
South Wales Valleys lines will be among very few across the UK with a train service today as a national rail strike called by the RMT union goes ahead.
This is because Transport for Wales rather than Network Rail controls Valleys track north of Radyr station, from which they say they’ll run an hourly service via Pontypridd to and from Treherbert, Aberdare and Merthyr, with a shuttle bus service linking Radyr station with Cardiff Central.
This special Valleys service will also run if the strike planned for Thursday goes ahead – and on Saturday too, apart from the line between Pontypridd to Merthyr where buses will replace trains so the planned engineering work in preparation for the South Wales Metro can go ahead.
Despite not being in dispute with the RMT, unlike Network Rail and some other train operators, Transport For Wales won’t be able to operate trains on strike days elsewhere across its Wales and Borders network because the track is controlled by Network Rail signallers.