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« on: June 24, 2022, 10:47:24 am »

Cardiff local news has information about plans for the Cardiff Bay branch from Queen Street.  As I read it, the implication is that the old idea about extending the branch a couple of hundred metres towards a new station at the bay have been dropped in favour of keeping a revamped existing one.  The intermediate new station looks confirmed though.
https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/plans-revealed-transform-cardiff-bay-24301679
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« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2022, 07:50:01 pm »

I think it's more that this particular planning application refers to the existing part of the route.

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The master plan is also set to include a transport hub that would provide a main terminus and interchange on Pierhead Street for new tram-train services and bus services to Cardiff Bay, however, the planning application notes that this would be separate from the proposed transformation of the station.

I take this paragraph to mean the extension is still going ahead.
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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2022, 09:23:36 pm »

I think it's more that this particular planning application refers to the existing part of the route.

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The master plan is also set to include a transport hub that would provide a main terminus and interchange on Pierhead Street for new tram-train services and bus services to Cardiff Bay, however, the planning application notes that this would be separate from the proposed transformation of the station.

I take this paragraph to mean the extension is still going ahead.

Yes, I spotted that too which suggests a further (3rd) stop after the (according to the article's illustration) revamped current old Brunel station terminus site......yet the article only speaks of the two stops.  There's also the issue that the line would need to cross a road immediately after the current terminus.
I do hope that you're right though.
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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2022, 10:48:47 pm »

I think the issue is that the article's based heavily on a specific planning application, and doesn't look too much at the bigger picture. I haven't looked into the geography of the plans at all, and haven't worked out how the route will get past the buildings – the picture suggests perhaps tapering towards Lloyd George Avenue, but I don't know how accurate the artist's impression is. With the train-trams running on-street for the extension, I assume the junction isn't too big an issue, presumably with some remodelling.   
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« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2022, 11:07:28 pm »

Wales Online are reporting on revisions to the Cardiff Bay line and announcement of the commencement of construction preparatory work.
In short, there will be a new station at Butetown, a little North of the original Loudon Square proposed site and there will seemingly no longer be an extension past Cardiff Bay Station but the station itself will be upgraded with two platforms.
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https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/cardiff-suburb-getting-new-railway-24763645
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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2023, 03:17:43 pm »

It looks like work is about to start on the Cardiff Bay branch according to this article:

https://www.newcivilengineer.com/latest/work-to-begin-on-new-welsh-railway-station-11-01-2023/

There's quite a lot to do with electrification, a new station, line/signalling improvements, an upgraded Cardiff Bay station and (I think) a 2024 completion date.  Portishead line take note.
New tram trains too!
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« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2023, 07:37:25 pm »

There's a bit more about the Bay Line in this Wales Online article which goes on to try and explain the broader picture in the capital of the Principality, especially the somewhat confusing relationship between Cardiff "Crossrail" and the Transport for Wales South Wales Metro.
I'm not sure if I'm less or more confused about it all after reading the article but it's a fair attempt at making some sense of it.

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/everything-know-cardiffs-first-new-26031344?int_source=amp_continue_reading&int_medium=amp&int_campaign=continue_reading_button#amp-readmore-target
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