Radyr railway station

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Coordinates: 51°30′59.74″N 03°14′57″W / 51.5165944°N 3.24917°W / 51.5165944; -3.24917

Radyr National Rail
Welsh: Radur
Radyr railway station, August 2015.JPG
Local authorityCardiff
Grid referenceST134804
Station codeRDR
Managed byTransport for Wales
Number of platforms3
DfT categoryE
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 0.469 million
2014/15Increase 0.475 million
2015/16Increase 0.479 million
2016/17Increase 0.502 million
2017/18Increase 0.539 million
Key datesOpened June 1863 (June 1863)
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Radyr from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Radyr railway station is a railway station serving the Radyr area of Cardiff, South Wales. It is at the foot of the hill at the eastern edge of the village, alongside the River Taff and adjacent to the Taff Trail. The station is on the Merthyr Line, and is also the northern terminus of the City Line.


Radyr was originally a major railway junction and the location of sidings forming a marshalling yard for freight trains used in the industries in the Glamorgan valleys. It was first opened by the Taff Vale Railway in June 1863, and was originally named Penarth Junction.[1][2] At one time there were four running lines through the station, up and down passenger and up and down goods on the Taff Vale main line to the valleys northwards and via Llandaff to Cardiff and the docks to the south east. Immediately south of the station, the Cardiff City line diverged southwards and reached the east side of Cardiff via Waterhall Junction, en route to the harbour at Penarth. The marshalling yard was south of the station in the fork between the running lines.

Following the down-turn in coal traffic; the marshalling yard closed (in 1993) and the sidings were greatly rationalised, becoming a permanent way depot. The platforms were also rationalised, from five to two, one up and one down.


In 1987 passenger services were introduced on the City Line by British Rail. This made Radyr a bottleneck, as the terminating trains coming from that line occupied the down platform and delays along the line to the Valleys were inevitable. It also allowed diversions for through trains which was beneficial.

Redesigned as a commuter station in 1998, major renovations took place, resulting in the two freight lines being replaced by a third platform, eliminating the problem of congestion. Also, a new ticket office was built and modern shelters replaced the old waiting area. These renovations coincided with the upgrades along the Taff Main Line, where the most of the track was replaced between Cardiff and Pontypridd, and the old-fashioned semaphore signals were replaced with modern, colour light signals worked from a new panel box here (this supervises the Rhondda Line all the way to Treherbert).

These renovation allowed the last of the old sidings to be removed, redeveloped for parking and as a housing developments.


Today the station, operated by Transport for Wales, has three platforms. Radyr has six northbound services per hour, with a half hourly service to each of Treherbert, Aberdare and Merthyr Tydfil. There are eight southbound services per hour to Cardiff Central, two heading along the City Line that continue to Coryton and six going via Cathays, with two terminating at Cardiff Central, and four continuing every 15 minutes to Barry, three terminating at Barry Island and one terminating at Bridgend. Platform 1 is used by services to Cathays, platform 2 is used for those to Pontypridd and platform 3 for City Line services.

Extensive upgrading and modernisation works were completed in late 2017 by Network Rail as part of the Metro project which included improved access to all platforms by a new footbridge. A larger car park has also been provided to supplement the original which provides Much better facilities including good lighting. Wheelchair access is now provided to all platforms via lifts.

The ticket office is manned in peak morning hours. Travel time into Cardiff Central is 15 minutes on all lines.

In July 2007, members of the Radyr Comprehensive Green Flag Committee formally adopted the station and now frequently check that the station is clean and that all amenities are working. This link ties in with a community response to ensure that railway crime is stamped out.


In Monday-Saturday daytimes, there are usually eight trains an hour from Cardiff Central to destinations including Pontypridd, Treherbert, Merthyr Tydfil and Aberdare. There are eight trains an hour to Cardiff Central (two via Ninian Park) with some trains continuing beyond Cardiff to Barry Island, Bridgend (via the Vale of Glamorgan line) and Coryton (via the City line).[3]

A reduced service operates on Sundays, with no trains on the City line.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hutton, John (2006). The Taff Vale Railway. 1. Silver Link. ISBN 978-1-85794-249-1.[page needed]
  2. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. pp. 182, 193. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  3. ^ GB eNRT December 2015 Edition, Table 130 (Network Rail)

External links[edit]

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Danescourt   Transport for Wales
Coryton - Cardiff Queen Street - Radyr
Llandaf   Transport for Wales
Merthyr Line
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