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The second phase will see the passing loop extended to run between Crosskeys and Llanhilleth. This will enable a second hourly service to Newport and make provision for future freight services. Second platforms at Newbridge and Llanhilleth will also be introduced.

Provision of the service to Newport forms part of the SEWTA Regional Transport Plan and is subject to further funding applications.

The sites for up to four additional stations have been identified.

Abertillery – a new station at Abertillery would be located at the British Gas site south of the former Co-op store. The extension of the railway line to Abertillery will involve relaying the line from Aberbeeg. 

Ebbw Vale – the line will be extended north of Ebbw Vale Parkway to a new terminus station alongside the old General Offices - near Ebbw Vale town centre. This is part of the masterplan for the regeneration of this site. The timing of this proposal is subject to the length of time required to clear and decontaminate the former works site. Design work is currently being undertaken.

Cwm – This station would be located on the existing line, at the heart of the village, adjacent to the Victoria Arms public house. 

Pye Corner – This station would be situated on the existing line adjacent to Western Valley Road. 

Cwm and Pye Corner stations could both be served by the proposed passenger services to Cardiff and Newport. The operation of passenger services over the proposed spur to Abertillery would be more complex as it would result in two possible northern destinations for passenger services.

All these stations are dependent upon further design and costing work to develop preferred solutions for each site. The precise timescale for the implementation of these stations is also dependant upon their economic viability, the availability of funding and the need to obtain the necessary planning consents. The proposals would be subject to separate public consultation exercises.

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