Location type


Name and dates


Opened on the South Wales Railway.

Chronology Dates

  /  /1802Sirhowy Tramroad
Established by Sir Charles Morgan to run from the Tredegar Iron Works to Nine Mile Point, to run via the Monmouthshire Canal Tramway from there to Newport. Tramroads were built by the partners in the iron works to run to the Trevil Quarries and from Nantybwch to the Union Iron Works at Rhymney.
26/06/1802Monmouthshire Canal Tramway
Act passed for the Monmouthshire Canal to build a line from Newport to Nine Mile Point and from Risca to Crumlin to join the Beaufort Ironworks Tramway.
  /  /1822Monmouthshire Canal Tramway
Sirhowy Tramroad
Horse-drawn passenger service starts between Newport and Tredegar.
09/03/1853Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Company
In Newport, extended from temporary terminus at Newport Marshes Turnpike Gate to Newport Mill Street station.
  /  /1855Monmouthshire Canal Tramway
Beaufort Ironworks Tramway
Blaina Branch
Converted to standard gauge and passenger services commence between Newport and Nantyglo [1st].
21/12/1874Pontypool, Caerleon and Newport Railway
Opened from Pontypool North Junction to Panteg Junction avoiding Coedygric Sidings. Passenger train start to use the line and run to Newport station on the South Wales Railway.
  /  /1878Pontypool, Caerleon and Newport Railway
Connection made from Llantarnam Junction to Cwmbran Junction on the Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Company line. Great Western Railway trains divert to main Newport station.
01/01/1879Monmouthshire Canal Tramway
South Wales Railway
Park Junction to Gaer Junction opened allowing Western Valleys access to use the main Newport station, High Street.
13/05/1879Newport Railway
Newport to Wormit opened.
14/09/1891Caerphilly Branch (Brecon and Merthyr Railway)
New 'up' (eastwards to Newport) route opened between Gwaun y Bara Junction and Machen. Known as the 'Machen Loop' Line. This effectively doubles the route.
01/01/1899Great Western Railway
Takes over the Pontypridd, Caerphilly and Newport Railway's Newport to Pontypridd passenger service.
  /  /1919Great Western Railway
Extends Newport to Pontypridd passenger service to Merthyr.
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.
05/05/1941Talywain Branch
Closed to passengers for Newport, Pontypool and Brynmawr service.
30/05/1955Coleford, Monmouth, Usk and Pontypool Railway
Newport to Monmouth Troy closed to passengers.
31/12/1962Brecon and Merthyr Railway
Closed to passengers from Brecon to Newport.
01/07/1963Caerphilly Branch (Brecon and Merthyr Railway)
Caerphilly to Newport workmen trains withdrawn.
31/03/1979Taff Vale Extension
Pontypool, Panteg and Coedygric Junction, to Hafodyrynys Colliery closed. Removed for road repairs. Sidings at Pontypool South and Coedygric removed and new sidings for BSC Stainless Panteg laid. Pontypool station signal box replaced by panel at Newport.
06/12/2008Beaufort Ironworks Tramway
Ebbw Vale Parkway, Llanhilleth, Crumlin, Crosskeys, Risca & Pontymister and Rogerstone re-opened. Access was from Cardiff, to the west, rather than the nearby Newport.

News items

06/11/2023Plan for quicker rail getaway after Cardiff events axed [BBC News]
17/10/2023Transport for Wales unveils plans for five new stations [Railway Technology]
22/09/2023New Ebbw Vale services to begin in December [Network Rail]
01/12/2022Regulator approves new Grand Union train service from Carmarthen to London Paddington [ORR]
08/08/2022Transformation of Newbridge and Llanhilleth stations set to begin in readiness for more frequent services to Newport [Network Rail]
26/04/2022When work to restore Newport-Ebbw Vale rail link is happening [South Wales Argus]
22/03/2022Hereford trains cancelled due to signal box closure [Hereford Times]
24/02/2022Ebbw Vale line: More services and station improvements as multi-million-pound upgrade begins [Network Rail]
26/12/2021Newport station gets a 500-tonne Christmas present [Nation Cymru]
13/12/2021Trains: Crosskeys to Newport service is first since 1962 [BBC News]


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