For 47 years it has lain dormant but now ambitious plans are being drawn up to reopen Wales’ longest tunnel as a tourist attraction.
Opened in 1890, the 3,443 yards (3,148m) Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway Tunnel connected the coalfields of the Rhondda with Swansea Bay.
It was closed in 1968 as part of the Beeching cutbacks that decimated the railway network in the 1960s and led to the closure of thousands of train stations.
Both ends of the tunnel - at Blaencwm, in the Rhondda and Blaengwynfi in the Afan Valley - were filled in around 1979.
The Rhondda Tunnel Society group has now formed with the long term ambition of re-opening the tunnel, the seventh longest in the UK
I'll post up some photos later. The new platform looks well crap though.Of course the new Queen St is now well up and running - any observations from the local users ? - and there is a memorial bench to the excellent and much missed Tom Clift on one of the platforms (Tom was Valley Lines MD in tricky times and apart from being a good and much treasured friend , an excellent Welsh railwayman. To me , one of the best accolades anyone could get)
I hear the idea has been binned already
No problem - Dowlais Top in winter - a cinch compared to Braemar ......(our railway ancestors managed in 1947 for example - albeit with jet engines mounted on flat cars to break / blast the ice)Just avoid London's mistake of putting either end in places no one wants to go to :thumbs :
About £600m is to be spent on a new metro for south east Wales within five years, BBC Wales understands.
It is likely to be a mix of light rail, trams, improved trains and faster buses by 2020 in Cardiff and the valleys.
It is in addition to planned rail electrification and will run as a "not-for-dividend" part of the next all-Wales rail franchise from 2018.
The economy minister will task rail and business experts to finalise plans before work starts in 2017.
Magnificent engineering!condition of Rhondda tunnel after inspection!
It shut 47 years ago but report reveals Rhondda Tunnel is in 'remarkable' condition, prompting hopes it could reopen
The next phase of the integrated public transport Metro project should by the early 2020s see the Valley Lines electrified with more frequent and faster new rolling stock - mostly likely light rail.
While there are a number options for the Garth Works site, it is understood that the frontrunner is creating a huge Metro park and ride facility.
Such a facility would encourage drivers using the A470 on journeys into Cardiff from the Valleys, and vice visa, to park at Taff Wells and then travel on the Metro.
Worryingly, there's no busses in the illustration in that article.Whoa..?.the new Cardiff central bus station site ......doesnt have the funding secured for ...the new bus station ......just WTF .?
- Funding fears for new Cardiff Central Square bus station - BBC News