Northern suburbs of Welsh town could be served by rail “within two years”.
The station would serve the Caerphilly suburb of Energlyn itself, as well as Pwllypant, Penyrheol, Abertridw and Bedwas. The population of the area is significant enough to warrant a station, but is unlikely to dramatically increase the passenger usage of the line as a whole as passengers use neighbouring stations.
The station at Energlyn will be between Llanbradach and Aber on the line to Rhymney, and would provide the local people with a 15 minute service to Cardiff Central and Cardiff Queen Street, which connects with Cardiff Bay and other destinations.
The station design would include a sizeable Car Park, with a Drop Off and Pick Up area, as well as full step free access helping out with overcrowding at neighbouring stations. It is also anticipated that CCTV, Ticket Machines and Bicycle storage would be incorporated in order to provide the most attractive possible situation.
Consultations are continuing between Network Rail, the Welsh Assembly and other local parties and the public being is encouraged to give feedback and lend their support for this plan.
The project is being developed jointly by the Welsh Government, Network Rail, Caerphilly County Borough Council, SEWTA and Arriva Trains Wales. If the station gets built it is anticipated to significantly help ease road congestion and cater for rising rail usage in the area. The plan proposes that the new station consists of two platforms with step-free access.
Mark Langman, route managing director for Network Rail Wales said: “This proposal is driven by a vision to transform the railway in Wales and, once delivered, will bring a huge benefit for Energlyn. Support from the people of the town is vital to make this possible, so we urge the public to share their views and comments with us.
Energlyn has seen a steady increase in passenger demand over the years and the proposed new station will cater for this growth and encourage sustainable travel, whilst improving the environment and socio-economics of the area.”
Minister for Transport, Carl Sargeant said: "The Welsh Government is committed to supporting a modern and efficient rail system in Wales. We plan to make rail more accessible, so that more of our communities have the choice of accessing a high-quality yet affordable rail system."
An Arriva Trains Wales spokesperson said: ‘We welcome the news of potential investment in the Energlyn area. We believe that this may have a really positive impact in serving this growing community. We encourage any of those who may benefit to come along and have a look at the proposals. Public engagement such as this will undoubtedly help Network Rail and their partners ensure this is a really successful potential project.”
A grant is currently being sought from the Welsh European Funding Office and the feedback and support received from the public will be vital to help support this application process.