DRIVE IS LAUNCHED TO UNCOVER DINGLE ROAD STATION’S “MISSING” PLATFORM

Dingle Road Station Penarth has only one track - but there are still two platforms . The second one is hidden under all that undergrowth on the left.

Dingle Road Station Penarth = thje first station trains call at when coming to Penarth – has only one track – but there are still two platforms . The second one is hidden under all that undergrowth and rubbish on the left.

Local environmentalists are pressing for the restoration of the “missing” down-platform at Penarth’s Dingle road railway station.

The Down Platform (on the left of the track heading towards Penarth’s main town station)  is believed to be still mostly intact – but is now swamped with weeds and brambles and dumped rubbish . For visitors coming to Penarth by rail, the unkempt area is their first glimpse of the town.

There is a railway platform under that greenery somewhere .

There is still a railway platform l under that greenery somewhere .

The platform was taken out of use in back in 1967 when Penarth lost its dual tracks and the line became a single track.

The Friends of Dingle Park – the environmental group which has successfully pushed for considerable improvements in Dingle Park  – says the old unused Dingle Station down-platform is now covered in old foliage with litter, fly tipping & undergrowth and is not being cleared or managed .

Litter lurking in the undergrowth of the unkempt Dingle Road Station platform.

Litter lurking in the undergrowth of the unkempt Dingle Road Station platform.

The “friends” – led by tireless veteran Robert Donaldson – say this platform area is not being cared-for or managed but a clearing-up operation, some flowers and a bit of “TLC” would greatly improve the appearance of the place for the hundreds of visitors who alight at or pass through Dingle Road and the locals who use it every day.

Dingle Road is on one of the steepest gradients in South Wales and has allegedly caused difficulties for some of Arriva Trains’s elderly Valley Lines fleet – particularly when attempting to pull away from a standing start.

An Arriva Trains unit changing its destination board at DIngle Rd Station before continuing the climb to Penarth

An Arriva Trains unit changing its destination board at Dingle Rd Station before continuing the steep uphill climb to Penarth’s Town Station

The down-line platform can’t be used for passengers, but local enthusiasts – led by the energetic “Friends of Dingle Park” –  say the undergrowth could be cleared and the area generally spruced-up with some flower beds  and other small touches – to improve its appearance as one of the main gateways into Penarth.

The station is served by four trains an hour to Cardiff Central and beyond. Technically the both platforms are managed by Arriva Trains Wales – but it’s hoped a way can be found to improve the look of platform – and give a lift to the appearance of the whole station.

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4 Responses to DRIVE IS LAUNCHED TO UNCOVER DINGLE ROAD STATION’S “MISSING” PLATFORM

  1. Jane Foster says:

    Yet another eyesore greeting visitors to Penarth. What with the proposed new flats by the narrow railway bridge, the crumbling wall and rotting wooden fence on the Holy Nativity church and this overgrown dump, anyone would think we are trying to drive away visitors.

  2. Lily says:

    A great Idea! Many thanks to Friends of Dingle Park!

    • robert donaldson says:

      The promblem here is that network rail have to be encouraged to clear/clean up.
      The same with the back lane of clive str on their embankment graingetown.
      edwina hunt am told me that uk goverment is the only one who can put the pressure on.
      however she will thru’ her officers try to get them to act.
      Robert.

  3. AK says:

    Probably find a few more cars dumped from the adjoining empty premises, to go with the one at Cogan Station.

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