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Grand Union to S Wales-another attempt. - Posted: May 9, 2022 - 7:36 PM Quote and reply
Following a series of discussions with the Welsh Government, TfW and others, Grand Union has submitted an application for 5 return services a day to operate between Carmarthen and London Paddington with calls at Llanelli, Felindre (new parkway station), Cardiff, Newport, Severn Tunnel Junction and Bristol Parkway. The overall abstraction level from the application is at the lower levels approved by the ORR on a number of previous open access applications.
These services are of significant importance not only for ‘levelling up’, but also to the Welsh economy and the Welsh Government and are planned to begin between Cardiff and London Paddington during the timetable due to start in May 2023. Services will then be extended to Carmarthen approximately 2 years later as suitable new rolling stock becomes available. Services will call at an upgraded Severn Tunnel Junction [Parkway] and the new and privately funded Cardiff Parkway station when it opens. Both are identified within the South East Wales Transport Commission Report [The Burns Report], with Cardiff Parkway being one of a number of new stations recommended and planned by the Welsh Government for the South Wales Main Line and for which planning permission has been approved. When Carmarthen services begin, they will also call at a new Felindre parkway station which will be located adjacent to the M4 Motorway at junction 46. Services to Carmarthen will be operated by new build bi-mode trains that are planned to replace the initial traction to be used between Paddington and Cardiff.

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