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Revealed - the future of Cardiff Central Station

Network Rail say plans for Cardiff Central will see the listed building extended "to create a bigger, better and brighter station".

The extension will house shops and food outlets. Credit: Network Rail

Network Rail says work could start in 2019.

With passenger numbers forecast to grow significantly over the next decade and beyond, the station also needs to respond to the rising demand. The remit for the initial design work has been to integrate the historic elements of the station into a building that reflects passenger needs.

The plans will provide a bright, spacious concourse with improved connectivity to platforms as well as enhanced retail opportunities and additional places to eat and drink. The aspiration is for the station to offer both an improved experience for passengers and for it to be a destination in its own right serving the local community emerging around it.

– Network Rail
Artist impression of the street level view of the upgraded station. Credit: Network Rail

Upgrading to the signalling technology in the Cardiff area is already underway and work has also started to electrify the line from Swansea to London. Network Rail says this will also mean faster, more frequent trains across the South Wales network.

Cardiff Central as it looks today. Credit: Arriva Trains
  • Over 11.6 million people entered and exited Cardiff Central station in 2013
  • Commuting by rail into Cardiff could increase by up to 69% in a decade

This is a unique opportunity to create a new station environment that is a fitting entrance to the capital city of Wales. Our plans will help deliver a vastly improved experience for the tens of thousands of passengers that use the station every day.

– Mark Langman, route managing director for Network Rail