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Cadoxton Station Is Going Step-Free

This article on Rail Advent is rntitled MP Visits Cadoxton station to see upgrade work.

This is the first paragraph.

Vale of Glamorgan MP, Alun Cairns, met the Network Rail team upgrading Cadoxton station to see first-hand the work being delivered to make the station accessible for all passengers.

So as I was in South Wales, I had to go and have a look at Cadoxton station.

I took these pictures.

It appears to be a traditional step-free installation and will take about a year to complete.

July 24, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Super-Efficient Flats Don’t Need Heating Or Air-Con

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on Page 34 of today;s copy of The Times.

These are the first two paragraphs.

In a city of skyscrapers the 26-storey building on a small island next to Manhattan looks unremarkable. Hiding in plain sight, however, is an architectural revolution.

The House, a dormitory for graduate students at Cornell University, is so energy efficient it can eliminate the need for heating and air conditioning. It is the first “passive house” in the US and is providing a stream of data for engineers.

If someone built a passive skyscraper in London, I’d ceretainly go and look.

July 24, 2019 Posted by | World | , | 2 Comments

Barry Station To Go Step-Free

This document on the Government web site is entitled Access for All: 73 Stations Set To Benefit From Additional Funding.

Barry station is on the list.

These pictures show the station and the current bridge,

Note.

  1. The trains were very crowded.
  2. The bridge is approaching its rust-by date.
  3. I think it is true to say, that the station buildings need a thorough refurbishment.

I have been sent a map of the proposed works and facilities for the South Wales Metro. This snippet shows the lines around Barry station.

Note.

  1. The lines are not planned to be electrified.
  2. Barry station will get a new PRM-compliant bridge with step-free access between street and train.
  3. There will be an airport connection at the station.

I would assume that the station buildings will get the much-needed refurbishment.

Services To Barry, Barry Island, Bridgend and Penarth

The South Wales Metro services through Barry will be as follows.

  • Services will terminate in the South and West at Barry Island, Bridgend and Penarth
  • Services will terminate in the North at Coryton and Rhymney.
  • There will be increased train frequencies.

Trains will be tri-mode Stadler Flirts  with three or four cars, which will be similar to Greater Anglia’s Class 755 trains.

Judging by yesterday this capacity increase will be welcome.

Installing The Step-Free Access

It would appear there is plenty of space for a step-free footbridge with lifts.

In Winner Announced In The Network Rail Footbridge Design Ideas Competition, I wrote how the competition was won by this bridge.

A bridge like this could be built at the other end of the station.

It would also be able to built it, without disrupting the train services or the passengers.

Once complete, the old bridge could be demolished or left as required.

 

July 24, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Electrification West Of Cardiff Central Station

These pictures show erected gantries for the electrification to the West of Cardiff Central station.

I have been sent a map of the proposed works and facilities for the South Wales Metro. This snippet shows the lines to the West of Cardiff Central station.

Note.

  1. Electrified lines are shown in blue and unelectrified ones in black.
  2. The South Wales Main Line is shown as a feint line going East-West to the North of Ninian Park station.
  3. Trains for Barry Island, Bridgend, Cardiff Airport, Maesteg and Penarth go via Grangetown station.
  4. Tram-trains for Radyr will go via Ninian Park station.

It looks like tram-trains emerging out of Canton Depot will have immediate access to 25 KVAC overhead electrification.

July 24, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , , | 3 Comments

Treforest Station To Go Step-Free

This document on the Government web site is entitled Access for All: 73 Stations Set To Benefit From Additional Funding.

Treforest station is on the list.

These pictures show the station and the current bridge,

The bridge is not the easiest to cross and I tripped.

I wouldn’t like to cross it in the worst weather the Valleys could through at it!

Installing The Step-Free Access

This Google Map shows the station.

In Winner Announced In The Network Rail Footbridge Design Ideas Competition, I wrote how the competition was won by this bridge.

I believe that one of these bridges could be built at the Northern end of the station.

  • The Southbound platform could be widened if necessary.
  • The Western end of the bridge might mean a few car-parking spaces would be lost.
  • Disabled car-parking spaces could be close to the bridge.
  • The bridge could be used to support the electrification in the station.

But most importantly, the bridge could be installed without any disruption to trains and passengers.

I have been sent a map of the proposed works and facilities for the South Wales Metro. This snippet shows Treforest station.

Note.

  1. Treforest station is shown with a PRM-compliant bridge and step-free access from street to train. The new bridge would deliver this.
  2. The station is shown electrified.
  3. A short section of line North of the station is without electrification.

This Google Map shows the area to the North of the station.

It would appear, that instead of rebuilding the bridge to squeeze the wires underneath, a short earthed section of overhead conductor rail would be used.

Conclusion

Using one of Network Rail’s new bridges at Treforest station, solves all the problems of the station and could even make the electrification easier.

July 24, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Is Taff’s Well Station Planned To Go Step-Free?

This document on the Government web site is entitled Access for All: 73 Stations Set To Benefit From Additional Funding.

Taff’s Well station is not on the list.

These pictures show the station and the current bridge,

Crossing the tracks on the current bridge, is no easier, than at Cathays and Treforest stations, both of which are going step-free.

This map is a schemastic of the South Wales Metro.

Twelve trains per hour (tph) will go through the station, when the South Wales Metro is fully developed.

Passenger numbers for 2017/2017 South between Pontypridd and Cathays are as follows.

  • Pontypridd – 864,000 – Step-free
  • Treforest – 752,000 – Going step-free by 2024
  • Treforest Estate – 84,000
  • Taff’s Well – 364,000
  • Radyr – 539,000 – Step-free
  • Llandaff – 483,000 – Step-free
  • Cathays – 946,000 – Going step-free by 2024

Taff’s Well is the second least-used station.

But a doubling of the train frequency in the next few years, will certainly increase passenger numbers.

One guy, I spoke to said, that the station wasn’t busy.

I have been sent a map of the proposed works and facilities for the South Wales Metro. This snippet shows Taff’s Well station.

Note.

  1. There’s a lot of work to be done in the area.
  2. Taff’s Well station is shown with a PRM-compliant bridge and step-free access from street to train. The current bridge is not PRM-compliant.
  3. The station is shown electrified.
  4. Short sections of line around the station are without electrification.

I feel that to meet their objectives, the bridge needs to be replaced.

Installing Step-Free Access

In Winner Announced In The Network Rail Footbridge Design Ideas Competition, I wrote how the competition was won by this bridge.

I feel that, when Network Rail fully understand their installation procedures and costs, that a bridge like this could be used to replace the current monstrosity.

It also appears that the wires at Taff’s Well station will not be electrified, so could a bridge be used to hold up the overhead wires, that will guide pantographs through the station?

This Google Map shows Taff’s Well station.

The station has the common problem, of those that use the station as a Park-and-Ride have to negotiate the bridge one way.

Does the possibility of coming back from Cardiff, with lots of shopping, encourage shoppers to drive down the valley?

Taff’s Well station illustrates one of the benefits of the winning bridge design.

It could be built at the Northern end of the station, without disrupting the existing trains or their passengers.

I feel that Taff’s Well station would be ideal for one of the new bridges, even if it is not installed for a few years.

Electrification Through Taff’s Well Station

It is planned that electrification will be continuous through the station., which probably means that a new bridge with all the right clearances is desireable.

South of the station, there are a series of modern road bridges, which should have been built to give sufficient clearance  for the 25 KVAC overhead electrification.

North of the station, there are two modern footbridges.

This is the one nearest the station.

And this is the more Northerly bridge.

It appears that discontinuous electrification will be used on both bridges to make sure all safety clearances are met.

In an ideal world, the second bridge should surely have lifts!

Conclusion

Obviously, as the plans develop, we’ll know more about what will happen at Taff’s Well station.

July 24, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , , , | 1 Comment