- Maesteg Line
Maesteg Line Overview Type Heavy Rail System National Rail Locale Cardiff
Rhondda Cynon Taf
Bridgend county borough
Operation Owner Network Rail Technical No. of tracks Double track (Cardiff Central to Bridgend)
Single track (Bridgend to Maesteg)
Track gauge 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) (Standard gauge) Maesteg LineLegend Llynvi and Ogmore Railway Maesteg Maesteg (Ewenny Road) Garth Llangynwyd Goods line Goods line to Margam Tondu Sarn Wildmill South Wales Main Line Bridgend Vale of Glamorgan Line Pencoed Llanharan Pontyclun Cardiff Central South Wales Main Line
The Maesteg Line is commuter rail line in South Wales from Cardiff to Bridgend and Maesteg. The line follows the South Wales Main Line as far as Bridgend, where it then diverges to continue to Maesteg.
The lines over which this service operates are in two sections:
- The South Wales Railway, between Cardiff and Bridgend. The line between Chepstow and Swansea opened on 18 June 1850; it later became the GWR main line.
- From Bridgend, the Llynfi and Ogmore Railway (L&OVR) was formed on 28 June 1866 (itself the amalgamation of earlier lines); a standard gauge line as opposed to the main line. When the L&OVR threatened to build a competing line to the GWR, it forced the latter to change the gauge over its whole line from Didcot. On 1 July 1873 the GWR took over the L&OVR.
The line from Bridgend originally operated beyond Maesteg through Caerau and the Cymmer Tunnel, know locally as the 'Gwdihw', to passenger stations in Cymmer, known as Cymmer General and further to Abergwynfi. The lines also connected colleries in Abergwynfi and Glyncorrwg. Junctions at both Tondu and Cymmer connected with east-west routes across the Llynfi and Afan valleys.
The Maesteg branch was closed in 1970, and the link with the Afan Valley was lost due to the closure of the Cymmer Tunnel.
A long campaign in the late 1980s and early 90s, resulted in the reopening of the line in 1992 as far as Maesteg. The new stations and line were officially opened by Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester and a plaque was unveiled at Maesteg station.
The railway north of Maesteg continued to exist until 2004, however it was removed as part of the Maesteg Washery reclamation scheme. The track to the north of Llynfi North Junction, including the former Nantyffyllon and Caerau stations, have been part of a major housing developments. Reconnection with Cymmer (Afan Valley) is impossible - the tunnel "mouth" is still visible at the Caerau end, yet sealed off at the Cymmer end, with the "mouth" entrance now a turning circle for the local bus service.
Today the line is operated by Arriva Trains Wales on services from Cheltenham Spa to Maesteg via Cardiff Central and Bridgend, and repeated from Maesteg to Cheltenham Spa.
The places served by the line are listed below.
- Cardiff Central
Historical notes are taken from The Railway Magazine July 1955, pp 445-454
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