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Trains for North Wales rail routes roll off production line

  • The first of the new Class 197 trains No 197001 for TfW’s Marches, Mid & North Wales services has now left the CAF factory in Newport and arrived at the Telford Rail Freight Terminal at Donnington for short term storage on the 12th April (Toby Rackliff)

The transformation of the Wales and Borders rail network has moved another step closer with the first of the brand-new Class 197 trains coming off the production line.

They will run on services on the North Wales main line and Conwy Valley line, as well as services to the north west of England and to Cardiff.

The bodyshells of the Class 197 Civity trains were built in Beasain, northern Spain, by Spanish rolling stock manufacturer CAF before final assembly took place at the company’s factory in Llanwern, Newport.

Lee Waters, Deputy Minister for Climate Change, said: “As we recover from the pandemic and work towards a greener future we need to do all we can to encourage more people back on the train. Seeing these new trains coming off the production line is a positive sign of improving the quality of train travel in Wales.”

James Price, Transport for Wales chief executive, said: “It’s an exciting milestone to have the first brand new trains built by Transport for Wales off the production line and into testing.

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