Brand new trains have been added to the Transport for Wales (TfW) network as part of a £800m investment. The new trains will increase capacity in the Wales and border network and improve services for TfW passengers.
The first of two brand new trains manufactured by Stadler are being delivered to the TfW depot at Canton for testing. The new Class 231 FLIRT trains arrived in Wales from Switzerland and are the first of 35 to be delivered by Stadler over the next two years.
The new trains will form a key part of the South Wales Metro, the three quarters of billion-pound project from TfW. TfW is investing a total of £800m into brand new trains by working with train manufacturers Stadler and CAF.
These trains will begin to run on the network next year. Lee Waters, Deputy Minister for Climate Change spoke on how the new trains will help create a greener transport network in Wales.
Mr Waters said: “The new vehicles are a transformational improvement on the trains that they will be replacing across South Wales. “[New trains are] encouraging people to leave their cars behind and move onto a more sustainable form of transport.