Welsh Government grant for Taff Bargoed line study
The Welsh Government has awarded a £70,000 grant to Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council to investigate the possibility of reinstating passenger services on the Taff Bargoed line.
The line, which diverges from the Rhymney branch at Ystrad Mynach and runs for around 10 miles to Cwmbargoed, on the eastern outskirts of Merthyr, is currently used for freight. The council’s study will look at engineering designs for track formation and will also include timetable studies.
Council leader Cllr Brendan Tooney added: ‘The recent award of funding from Welsh Government will develop more detailed options, and design a possible route from Ffos y Fran to Dowlais. If the plans are feasible then this could be delivered through the Metro programme in the next few years. The re-opening of the line would greatly improve accessibility for the residents living in the Taff Bargoed Valley settlements and open up the Ffos y Fran site as a potential development opportunity.’