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Old tube trains to be used for Wales and Borders routes

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Disused London Underground trains will be used on the Wales and Borders lines. 

The hybrid Class 230 D-trains are former District Line trains and will be gutted and refurbished before they are introduced on three routes in North Wales early next year. The fleet of five trains will be used on the Wrexham to Bidston, Conwy Valley and Chester to Crewe lines.

KeolisAmey won the contract to run the franchise, including the development and construction of the South Wales Metro, last month.

KeolisAmey Wales mobilisation director Colin Lea said: ”We are proud to announce that KeolisAmey and Vivarail will provide a step-change in passenger comfort and service quality on three North Wales routes by introducing these units, fitted with the latest passenger comfort appliances such as power supply at all seats, high-speed Wi-Fi, air cooling, bike spaces and a brand new  seating layout reflecting the needs of the passengers on these routes.

“In addition, these innovative hybrid trains fitted with state of the art monitoring systems, will provide a significant change in performance and reliability, helping KeolisAmey to deliver a more reliable service for its customers.”

Design and build of the three-car trains is underway and the five train fleet will move to Wales for final testing and commissioning early next year. 

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  • “In addition, these innovative hybrid trains fitted with state of the art monitoring systems will provide a significant change in performance and reliability, helping KeolisAmey to deliver a more reliable service for its customers.”

    Isn't it perhaps a little premature to claim increased reliability for the Class 230 D-Trains? The only proven parts are the bodyshells and bogies. Everything else will be new.

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