Gabalfa is a district of the
cityof Cardiff, Wales. It is characterised by an enormous fly overroad (the Gabalfa Interchange) which crosses the A48 roadin a north-south direction. The area is also the site of the All Nations Centre.
The name is derived from the Welsh 'Ceubalfa', which is literally translated as 'place of the boat'. It was formerly the site of a
ferrycrossing across the River Taff, upon which a school is now built. [cite web | url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/southeast/sites/streetsofcardiff/gabalfa.shtml | title=BBC - South East Wales Streets of Cardiff - Gabalfa | accessdate=2008-01-16]
The electoral ward of Gabalfa lies within the parliamentary constituency of Cardiff North. Gabalfa is currently served by two
Liberal Democratscouncillors - Ed Bridges, who was elected in the 2004 council elections, and Cathy Pearcy, who was elected in a 2002 by-election following the death of an incumbent Welsh Labour Partycouncillor.
Cardiff Bus' service 35 buscircles the area before heading to Cardiff Bayvia Cathaysand Central station. Services 1/2 "Bay Circle" run along Western Avenue towards Heath or Llandaff. Additionally, the following services stop at the Gabalfa Interchange:
*8 (University Hospital of Wales) or (Cathays-Roath-Central Station-Grangetown-Cardiff Bay)
*21 (Rhiwbina-Coryton-Whitchurch) or (Central Stn)
*23 (Whitchurch-Coryton-Rhiwbina) or (Central Stn)
*24 (Whitchurch-Llandaff North-Pontcanna-Llandaff)
*25 (Central Stn)
*27 (Heath-Birchgrove-Thornhill) or (Central Stn)
*35 (Gabalfa) or (Cathays-Central Stn-Cardiff Bay)
There are currently no
railway stations located within Gabalfa, although a new railway station serving the ward has been proposed as part of the county council's local transport plan. [cite web | url=http://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ObjView.asp?Object_ID=3384 | title=Cardiff County Council - Local Transport Plan 2000-2016 | format=PDF | date=2000-08-01 | accessdate=2008-01-17 | publisher= Cardiff County Council] Llandaf railway stationis in reasonable distance of western parts of Gabalfa, with services northbound to either Treherbert, Merthyr Tydfil or Aberdare via Pontypridd or southbound to Cardiff Central via Cathays and Cardiff Queen Street.
* [http://www.geograph.org.uk/search.php?i=2774288 www.geograph.co.uk : photos of Gabalfa and surrounding area]
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