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The Valley Lines is the commonly-known name for the network of local train services in valleys of South Wales from Cardiff, Wales. It was the trading name of the Cardiff Railway Company, the franchise which operated most of these services (the Maesteg Line being the exception, which was operated by Wales and West) from privatisation in 1995 until 2001, when it became part of the new Wales and Borders franchise. Both franchises were part of the National Express Group. Since 2003, the franchise has been run by Arriva Trains Wales who have officially dropped the Valley Lines brand and are in the process of applying a new livery to the local fleet based on their corporate colours of turquoise and cream.

The old Vale of Glamorgan Line, on which passenger services were closed under the Beeching Axe, have now re-opened for passenger service, with services from Cardiff to Bridgend, via Barry, Rhoose Cardiff Airport and Llantwit Major. These services were originally advertised to start in April 2005, but commenced on 12 June 2005.

Services on these routes are provided with class 142, 143, 150 and 153 trains, and are typically end-to-end, in that they run from one branch terminus, through Queen Street station (the notional 'hub' of the network), to another branch terminus, e.g. from Pontypridd to Barry Island

Butetown branch

City line

Coryton line

Maesteg line

Cardiff Queen St.
Cardiff Bay
(formerly Butetown)

Cardiff Central
Ninian Park
Waun-Gron Park
Fairwater
Danescourt
Radyr

CardiffCentral
CardiffQueen St.
Heath Low Level
Ty Glas
Birchgrove
Rhiwbina
Whitchurch
Coryton

CardiffCentral
Pontyclun
Pencoed
Bridgend
Wildmill
Sarn
Tondu
Garth
Maesteg Ewenny Rd.
Maesteg

Merthyr line

Rhondda line

Rhymney line

Vale line

CardiffCentral
CardiffQueen St.
Cathays
Llandaf
Radyr
Taffs Well
Trefforest Estate
Trefforest
Pontypridd
Abercynon North
Penrhiwceiber
Mountain Ash
Fernhill
Cwmbach
Aberdare
Abercynon South
Quakers Yard
Merthyr Vale
Troed-y-rhiw
Pentre-bach
Merthyr Tydfil

CardiffCentral
Cardiff Queen St.
Cathays
Llandaf
Radyr
Taffs Well
Trefforest Estate
Trefforest
Pontypridd
Trehafod
Porth
Dinas Rhondda
Tonypandy
Llwynypia
Ystrad Rhondda
Ton Pentre
Treorchy
Ynyswen
Treherbert

CardiffCentral
Cardiff Queen St.
Heath High Level
Llanishen
Lisvane & Thornhill
Caerphilly
Aber
Llanbradach
Ystrad Mynach
Hengoed
Pengam
Gilfach Fargoed
Bargoed
Brithdir
Tir-Phil
Pontlottyn
Rhymney

Cardiff Central
Grangetown
Dingle Road
Penarth
Cogan
Eastbrook
Dinas Powys
Cadoxton
Barry Docks
Barry
Barry Island
Rhoose
(for the airport)
Llantwit Major
Bridgend


 

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