Proposed business park development in the Vale of Glamorgan

Landowner Legal & General recently released details of their draft planning application for a large business park in the Vale of Glamorgan. This development is planned for land at Port Road, Rhoose, adjacent to Cardiff Airport, and down towards Porthkerry Park.

The details of the proposed development are set out in 18 documents on a new website maintained by RPS, the agent for Legal & General.

It is fairly early in the planning process – the purpose of the release is to invite review and comment before formal submission of the application. Full details of how to respond are included on the website.

Having looked over the documents, it is notable that there is no mention of a rail spur in these proposals.

Railway proposals in Cardiff Airport’s new Master Plan

Yesterday Cardiff Airport launched its draft Master Plan, through to 2030.

The proposed rail frequency enhancements on the Vale line, as promised by the Keolis-Amey consortium for the line by 2023, will directly help bring passengers to the Airport. The improvements will also help the local residents of Rhoose, St Athan and Llantwit and begin to make it possible to commute reliably to Cardiff or Bridgend. The promise is for half hourly services on the Vale of Glamorgan line in each direction, meaning four trains an hour arriving at Rhoose and able to serve the Airport. Currently these run only hourly. There is also discussion of a bus service to the Airport from Barry train station.

However, over and above these rail access provisions, we would like to draw your attention to the continuing inclusion within the Airport master plan of a rail spur route, through Porthkerry Park, which is being ‘safeguarded’ with a view to the future needs of the airport.

You can read the recommendations of the master plan here.

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