Barry Island Railway Station is one of three railway stations in Barry, situated just one minute’s walk from the Pleasure Park and the Beach and only 36 minutes from Cardiff Queen Street Station on a ticket that costs just £4.50. The station has two platforms and is served by only one line.
If you’re in Cardiff and happen to fancy a trip to the beach this is a cheap and easy way to go at short notice. Up to three trains per hour leave from Cardiff between Monday to Saturday and on Sundays this remains at two per hour on-peak.
The last train from Barry back to Cardiff on Saturdays is a slow train leaving the station at 22:44 and arriving in Cardiff Queen Street 45 minutes later at 23:59.
The station is on the Vale of Glamorgan Line which snakes along the South Wales coast calling at Cardiff Central, Grangetown, Dingle Road, Penarth, Cogan, Eastbrook, Dinas Powys, Cadoxton, Barry Docks, Barry and Barry Island. After Barry Island the train goes to Cardiff Airport and Llantwit Major before reaching the end of the line at Bridgend which has a bus station linking the line to other parts of Glamorgan and the Valleys.
The station has seen highs and lows over the course of its history since being founded in 1896. It was at its most popular in the era before package holidays abroad and motor travel were the norm and in the 1920s and 30s tens of thousands of people might arrive in Barry Island by train on a Bank Holiday in summer. By the late sixties, however, a combination of increased car production and ownership with the Beeching Axes meant that these numbers had dropped off dramatically and it was at this time that the station closed for what was to be several decades.
In 1997, however, pressure groups began campaigning for the station to be re-opened on the basis of the important economic benefits this would confer upon the area of Barry. In 2005 the station was finally reopened by Andrew Davies AM, Minister for Economic Development and Transport. It is served by Arriva Trains Wales (Trenau Arriva Cymru) and has proved very popular since its opening serving, on average, nearly six hundred thousand passengers per year.