PLANS to bring a Vale of Glamorgan railway station back to life after it closed decades ago have taken a major step forward.

The UK government’s decision to back a new railway station for St Athan has been welcomed by the leader of Vale of Glamorgan Council, councillor Lis Burnett, who called it a “significant announcement”.

It will mean the restoration of services on the Vale of Glamorgan line to the village for the first time in 60 years.

Transport Secretary, Mark Harper, visited the county on Monday, February 19, to make the announcement.

Cllr Burnett said: “We have an aspiration through our new Local Development Plan to provide for truly sustainable development with excellent infrastructure and transport connections to support new growth.

“To this end, I am in no doubt that the exciting strategic proposals for development at St Athan and Aberthaw provide the basis of a clear business case for the new station and I look forward to feasibility work progressing.”

The Vale of Glamorgan line reopened in 2005, but St Athan railway station has remained closed since 1964.

Currently, the closest stations for people in the village are Llantwit Major and Rhoose Cardiff International Airport – both more than 4km either side of St Athan.

Barry And District News: Cardiff to Bridgend line near St Athan The building on the left is all that remains of the old stationCardiff to Bridgend line near St Athan The building on the left is all that remains of the old station (Image: Mick Lobb)

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The Department of Transport has pledged to work with Vale of Glamorgan Council and Transport for Wales in funding and developing a business case for the new station.

This will include assessing passenger demand and options for train services.

Transport Secretary Mark Harper said: “The return of service to St Athan for the first time in 60 years would be key to unlocking the area’s huge potential for growth, encouraging more businesses to invest in the area and opening up job opportunities for thousands of people.”

There are currently plans in place for hundreds of homes in St Athan, one relating to the development of 250 homes on land at Church Farm.

As well as servicing local residents, it is hoped a new station would provide transport to staff at the nearby Aston Martin manufacturing and development facility.