But staffing issues in the rail industry and the council's need to meet spending deadlines and avoid losing European grant money, meant the stations had to be built now, with the bay platform
and other improvements to follow in 2017.
In my travels, I had noticed that every main line station still had little trains sitting in bay platforms
waiting to take passengers on to remote places deep in the hinterland.
The next phase will be to provide a bay platform
at Coventry Station which will then allow two trains an hour to run between Coventry and Nuneaton, calling at the Ricoh and Bermuda.
However later this year a Network Rail project, funded by the Welsh Government, will be completed where an additional platform and a dedicated Cardiff Bay platform
will ease traffic flow through the station.
CARDIFF QUEEN STREET: An extra through platform at Cardiff Queen Street station to help accommodate a future increase in services as well as a new bay platform
for the Cardiff Bay shuttle service, a refurbished station entrance and new lifts to platforms.
A study by the Strategic Rail Authority looking to increased passenger capacity and operational flexibility in the West Midlands resulted in the creation of a new bay platform
at New Street Station.
30pm I was waiting for a train to Tynemouth, on the Whitley Bay platform
, when two youths and a girl appeared.
This has been announced as Centrica is investing 60 million to enhance offshore gas production at its Morecambe Bay platform
The line will run from Nuneaton, through Coventry to Kenilworth and Leamington and will see a new station at Bermuda, improvements to the Nuneaton and Bedworth stations, as well as a new six-coach bay platform
This would involve using an old alignment from Coryton to a new station at "Whitchurch Asda" (they can pay), a new "light rail" bridge to join the existing line at Radyr, then a choice either to go north on the existing line to "Morganstown for Pentyrch" (where the original Taff Vale station still exists) to a new Bay platform
in Taffs Well and reverse, or just go south through Radyr, with a new station to serve the housing estate on the old goods yard, Llandaff North, Gabalfa/Mynachdy (new station), Maindy and Crwys Road stations (re-open), Cathays University and Queen Street.