Wales on track to get extra train carriages

17 July 2017, 09:09 | Updated: 17 July 2017, 09:26

Arriva Trains Wales service

The Economy Secretary has announced five extra trains are going to be introduced on some of the busiest routes in Wales.

The four-carriage trains will be added to the existing rolling stock by 2018, and have been partly paid for by the Welsh Government with a contribution from Arriva Trains Wales.

Transport groups say a new significant number of new trains are needed with Wales having some of the oldest trains anywhere in the UK. 

Economy and Infrastructure Secretary Ken Skates said: "I've made no secret of the difficulty in adding good quality rolling stock in Wales and am delighted that we've been able to secure these extra trains."

Simon Hughes, Fleet Director for Arriva Trains Wales said: "These additional trains will be a massive boost for our customers who have been calling for extra capacity for a long time.

"We are excited to welcome these trains into our fleet. 

"The fact they will be more accessible, and delivered alongside improvements to some of our current fleet, means we can make the railway in Wales an increasingly viable means of transport for all."