The Anonymous Widower

Swansea Bay Metro

Looking for possible privately-funded rail projects, I have come across the Swansea Bay Metro on Wikipedia.

Wikipedia outlines the project like this.

  • A new line from Baglan to Swansea station diverting the mainline from the current route via Neath, reducing journey times to Cardiff to 30 Minutes
  • The new Main Line would have stations at Swansea Bay Campus and SA1
  • Reopening of the current freight only Neath Valley Line to passengers with new stations at Jersey Marine, Neath Abbey, Neath (shown as Neath 2) and Aberdulais
  • A new line from Neath to Llansamlet Interchange via a new station at Llandarcy
  • New stations on the existing Swansea to Baglan at Llansamlet Interchange, Phoenix and Morfa
  • New stations at M4 J45, Morriston, M4 J46 and Pontlliw
  • A new station on Station Road.

It is a comprehensive project that would probably cost over a £1 billion.

This could just be the sort of project that Chris Grayling felt could be developed.

This study document from Professor Mark Barry gives more details of a possible proposal.

This map is included.

It certainly is a comprehensive project.

March 27, 2018 - Posted by | Travel | , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. That’s about £500 for every adult in south Wales – that does not sound like a bargain to me.

    True Crossrail and Thameslink cost a lot more, but they are going to generate a LOT of revenue when fully operational.

    Comment by Mark Clayton | March 27, 2018 | Reply

    • I know! I did the calculation as well. But then as the money will not come from taxpayers, I suspect that if it was developed it would be worhwhile.

      I also feel, that anything around Swansea Bay should be developed in conjunction with tidal power stations.

      Fredeick Snow’s plan for a Severn Barrage in the 1960s envisaged being build with a Second Severn Crossing for both rail and road on top of the barrage, if I remember correctly

      Have you ever taken a train to Swansea? It’s a long way.

      The suggested route along the cost would open up the coastline and make the City around two hours from London and 30 minutes from Cardiff.

      This could change the economy of the area and make the scheme one that could be financed privately.

      Comment by AnonW | March 27, 2018 | Reply

  2. what would change Swansea is the proposed tidal lagoon project… it could put the UK in the lead for such renewable energy systems… but then politicians get in the way …

    Comment by PJS | March 27, 2018 | Reply

    • I agree with you! Federick Snow’s plan for the Severn would have done the following.

      1. Generated 10% of the electricity we need.

      2. A second Severn Crossing south of Bristol.

      3. Created a new Airport with a South-West/North-East runway in the middle of the river, which would have had a low-noise footprint and a high speed rail link to London courtesy of Brunel’s Great Western.

      4. Stopped a lot of the flooding along the Severn.

      It was a big mistake not to build it.

      Comment by AnonW | March 27, 2018 | Reply


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