Cardiff Central

Location type

Major station

Names and dates

Cardiff (1850-1922)
Cardiff General (1922-1968)
Cardiff Central (1968-)

Station code: CDF National Rail
Where: Cardiff, Wales
Opened on the South Wales Railway.

Chronology Dates

  /  /1867Taff Bargoed Joint Line (Great Western Railway and Rhymney Railway)
Agreement to build line from Nelson to Dowlais for hauling iron ore from Cardiff to the Dowlais Iron Works.
02/10/1871Rhymney and Nantybwch Joint Line (London and North Western Railway, South Wales and Rhymney Railway)
Joint line from Rhymney to Nantybwch opened to public traffic. The London and North Western Railway diverts all of its Cardiff bound traffic to the Rhymney Railway route.
  /  /1887Taff Vale Railway
Cardiff station re-built as Cardiff Queen Street and connection opened to the South Wales Railway.
  /  /1896South Wales Railway, Taff Vale Railway
Bute Street Junction between the lines closed on opening of new fly-over east of Cardiff General.
20/11/1967Caerphilly Branch (Brecon and Merthyr Railway)
'Down' section closed, traffic diverted via Penrhos, Walnut Tree, Radyr and Cardiff.

News items

19/01/2023Levelling up: Projects across Wales share £208m in funding [BBC News]
25/07/2019UK heatwave: Trains between Swansea, Cardiff and London disrupted [BBC News]
22/07/2019Cardiff Central railway station to get £58m upgrade [BBC News]
14/01/2018Metro Central transport hub plans for Cardiff unveiled [BBC News]
01/02/2017Probe launch after train driver spotted Cardiff line fault [BBC News]
28/07/2015New Cardiff Central railway station plans unveiled [BBC News]
17/05/2015First train to arrive at new station in Ebbw Vale [BBC News]
23/03/2011Rail power failure 'costs Welsh economy millions' [WalesOnline]


A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: South Wales v. 12 (Regional railway history series)