New rail expansion plans for Cardiff airport

Hotel News - 29/12/2005

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New plans have been announced to expand rail services linking Cardiff airport to the rest of the UK.

The rail franchise covering Cardiff airport has been re-awarded to train operator First Great Western, which may now extend train services beyond the current hourly service.

Jon Horne, managing director of Cardiff airport, said: "Any train that comes through Newport is also good. Newport to some extent is contested catchment area. It's almost as quick to go to Bristol as to get here."

A spokesman for the Welsh Assembly was unable to confirm how much First Great Western was asking for to extend its service: "It's being included in the franchise agreement with First. We now will discuss with First, Arriva, Network Rail and the airport to look at exercising that option.

"When we've done that we will be able to recommend whether we go ahead with that."

The Welsh Assembly spent £17 million creating the Vale of Glamorgan train service to transport passengers to Cardiff airport, which was launched in June.

With more passengers able to reach Cardiff airport than ever before, greater demand will be placed upon airport hotels, so it would be sensible to plan ahead and book a place at an airport hotel to avoid disappointment.

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