The Anonymous Widower

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,


  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.


  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/Travel | , , , , ,


  1. The 2016 planning permission does show lifts though there is more than enough room to install ramps so this plan may have been modified.

    Comment by Mike Fox | July 25, 2019 | Reply

    • If Network Rail get their act together on the new footbridge, I suspect South Wales will see a lot of them! I suspect installing in a few years will need a good survey and then building two concrete slabs with power in the right place. Then one weekend, a Good Iron Fairy and a detachment from the Orange Army will arrive with a bridge on a train and assemble it in position. Remember, we live in interesting political times, so what better way is there to get the vote from travellers with reduced mobility, other than giving them a new electric Mini or similar!

      Comment by AnonW | July 25, 2019 | Reply

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