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Transport for Wales Deploys First Battery-Hybrid Trains on Borderlands Line

Transport for Wales Deploys First Battery-Hybrid Trains on Borderlands Line
photo: TfW/Transport for Wales Deploys First Battery-Hybrid Trains on Borderlands Line
05 / 04 / 2023

Transport for Wales (TfW) has deployed the first battery-hybrid trains. These modern trains will be used in regular passenger service in Wales, on the Borderlands Line between Wrexham and Bidston.

At 7:31 on 3 April, from Wrexham Central on his line to Bidston, Transport for Wales has, after months of waiting, finally deployed the first Class 230 hybrid train. There are five three-carriage Class 230 trains operated by TfW and each train has a total capacity of over 420 customers with 120 seats available.

Alexia Course, Transport for Wales’ Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We’re delighted that the first Class 230 train has entered service. With hybrid engines and modern facilities, these trains will significantly improve the customer experience on the Borderlands Line by providing better facilities and increased capacity.”

Repurposed from former London Underground metro-style trains, the modernized Class 230 are now equipped with fully accessible toilets, power sockets, electronic passenger information, Wi-Fi, bike racks and air conditioning. In addition, they are now environmentally friendly and more efficient, using both diesel and batteries and will improve rail services throughout Wales.

The Deputy Minister for Climate Change with responsibility for Transport, Lee Waters said: “This is great news. Funded by our £800m investment in a new fleet of trains, the Class 230s play an important part in our plans to transform rail services in Wales. These new trains will offer greater comfort, and modern facilities and with the new hybrid engines will be better for the environment.”

“We’re committed to improving services between North Wales and the Liverpool City Region. We’ve already introduced brand-new trains on services between Chester and Liverpool, and we’re planning to increase the frequency of services between Wrexham and Bidston, as well as providing a new direct service between Llandudno and Liverpool via the North Wales coast.”