While Metro is more than just rail, our rail services will play a key role in the South Wales Metro and we’re investing in new faster, greener trains to provide a modern, turn-up-and-go Metro service. We’re also updating our stations.
We’re busy behind the scenes building the new, more comfortable trains that will provide our customers with a modern, effective, turn-up-and-go Metro service and you’ll start to see these in service from 2022.
These trains will significantly increase our capacity and transform our customers’ travelling experiences. They’ll also offer lots of new features including level boarding, increased bicycle storage space and air conditioning.
We’ll be introducing six different types of trains which we’ve selected to suit our customers’ needs:
- Will provide a turn-up-and-go service on the Treherbert, Merthyr and Aberdare lines from 2022, reducing journey times to the Heads of the Valleys to a maximum of 50 minutes.
- Operates on railway lines and on-street tramways.
- Electric and battery-powered with fast acceleration.
- Future-proofed for any future Metro extensions.
- Will be introduced on the Rhymney, Coryton and Vale of Glamorgan lines from 2023, increasing frequency to four services per hour and reducing journey to a maximum of 50 minutes.
- Will allow an extra service every hour between Cardiff and Bridgend via the Vale of Glamorgan.
- Innovative three - and four-carriage electric, battery and diesel-powered trains.
- Will be introduced on the on the Maesteg, Ebbw Vale and Cardiff-Cheltenham lines from 2022, significantly increasing capacity on these lines.
- Four-carriage electric and diesel trains similar to our tri-mode trains.
- Will be introduced on the Wrexham-Bidston early 2020
- These will be integral to our North Wales Metro plans for the future
- Will be introduced throughout the Wales and Borders network from 2022, including on the Marches Line between Cardiff and Shrewsbury via Abergavenny
- Will provide increased capacity and enable faster journeys
- Two- and three-carriage diesel trains built in Wales
- Will be introduced on the Wales and Borders network from 2019, including between Cardiff and Holyhead from 2020
- Will provide a high quality intercity-style service between North and South Wales, including First Class
- Four-carriages hauled by a diesel trains
We’ll be making some exciting improvements in the coming years to improve our customers’ travelling experiences.
Some of the improvements you’ll start to see will include CCTV, ticket machines and improved cycling and walking links.
We’re also improving accessibility at our stations and on our trains as well as installing toilet facilities at a number of Metro stations.
Added to this, we’re planning to build or relocate five stations:
- Crwys Road
- Loudoun Square
- Cardiff Bay
- Treforest Estate