posted on 6th Apr 2023 08:16
On 29 March 2023, the first of the new South Wales Metro trains were launched by Deputy Minister for Climate Change, Lee Waters MS at a ceremony in Caerphilly, signifying the start of a new transport era.
The Class 231 FLIRTs are part of the 800 million GBP investment Transport for Wales is making in brand-new trains for the Wales and Borders network. With the first one officially launched on the Rhymney Valley line, TfW will continue to introduce 35 of these trains over the coming years throughout South Wales, along with 36 electric tram-trains.
James Price, Transport for Wales CEO said: “This is another key milestone for TfW, these brand-new Class 231 trains will transform the customer experience and signify the first deliverable of the South Wales Metro. People are now starting to see transformation across our network with the introduction of modern trains. We introduced our CAF Class 197 to the network at the start of the year and we’re proud today to launch another brand-new train in the Stadler Class 231 train.“
TfW currently has three 231s in service with a fourth due into service later this month. The first 756s have arrived in Wales and are being tested. They are not due to enter service until 2025.