Location type


Names and dates

Newbridge Junction [Pontypridd] (1840-1864)
Pontypridd (1864-1924)
Pontypridd Central (1924-1930)
Pontypridd (1930-)

Note: text in square brackets is added for clarity and was not part of the location's name.

Station code: PPD National Rail
Where: Rhondda, Cynon, Taff, Wales
Opened on the Taff Vale Railway.


04/02/1861Rhondda Valley Branches (Taff Vale Railway)
Pontypridd to Ystrad opened to passengers.
08/08/1878Pontypridd, Caerphilly and Newport Railway
Act passed. Promoted by J.C. Parkinson of the Alexandra Docks and Railway and Sir George Elliot of Powell Duffryn Collieries. Double track line to run from south of the Taff Vale Railway's Pontypridd station (Pontypool, Caerphilly and Newport Junction Railway) to Caerphilly (Penrhos Upper Junction) on the Rhymney Railway. Running powers over the Brecon and Merthyr Railway's Caerphilly Branch to Machen and on to Bassaleg Junction with the Alexandra Docks and Railway. Engineer Sir James W. Szlumper.
  /  /1884Pontypridd, Caerphilly and Newport Railway
Taff Vale Railway works line from Pontypridd to near Alexandra Docks.
07/07/1884Pontypridd, Caerphilly and Newport Railway
First attempt to open new route. Train departs Pontypridd but is blocked by the Great Western Railway at Bassaleg Junction.
01/01/1899Great Western Railway
Takes over the Pontypridd, Caerphilly and Newport Railway's Newport to Pontypridd passenger service.
30/04/1906Alexandra (Newport and South Wales) Docks and Railway
Taff Vale Railway stops operating trains from Pontypridd to Alexandra Docks when Alexandra Docks company takes over with engines bought from the Mersey Railway.
23/01/1911Aerw Branch (Taff Vale Railway)
Southbound passenger train runs into the rear of a full coal train at Coke Ovens (a couple of miles northwest of Pontypridd). Eleven people killed.
10/07/1922Pontypridd, Caerphilly and Newport Railway
Tram Road Motor Halt, Pontypridd, closed when the Great Western Railway arranges for Newport trains to use the Taff Vale Railway's Pontypridd station.
10/07/1930Barry Dock and Railways
Cardiff to St Fagans to Pontypridd, and Cadoxton to Porth diverted to parallel Taff Vale Railway routes. Treforest High Level and Pontypridd (Graig) are closed.