New “Tri-Mode” trains are on their way to Penarth

It’s emerged that Penarth is to be served by a fleet of new so-called “Tri-Mode” trains under the new rail franchisee Keolis Amey – which takes over from Arriva Trains Wales in October.

The new tri-mode trains won’t be available on Day One of the new franchise but will be progressively brought into service over the coming years.

They’re called “Tri Mode” because they can be powered from 25kV overhead lines, but also have conventional diesel engines fitted and on-board battery power. The trains are 80 metres long and have 191 seats but capacity for “up to 425 passengers”.

Keolis Amey take over train operations from Arriva Trains Wales on October 14th 2018 . By 2023 there will be a 3% increase in capacity on Penarth trains  and the journey time from Penarth to Cardiff will have been reduced from 12 minutes to 11 minutes .

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  1. Penarth realist1 says:

    We apologise for late running of your Penarth train, the driver forgot to charge the batteries last night.
    Could any passengers with iPhone battery banks make themselves known to the driver.

    • Philip Rapier says:

      Rejoice! Rejoice! Happily this paves the way for the Tram Metro system and will permit the re-opening of the Railway Path to Passenger Traffic onwards to Cosmeston and Barry,
      A congestion charge will force the Penarth to Sully rat run commuters on to the trains .
      A wonderful bonus is that a narrower walking route is to be built alongside the Railway Path and the speeding Lycra Lout Cyclists will be gone forever.

      • penarthblog says:

        Beyond Forrest Rd, the line is built on.

      • Peter Church says:

        The line will never be built on the railway path!
        This is now a scenic quiet walking cycling route.
        Total waste of money a huge local opposition for a 200 metre extension to Forest Road.

      • Penarth realist1 says:

        The previous fight over converting the green space on archer and sully terrace into the cycle part I suspect will nothing compared if they intend to run trains down it. Imagine the local parking and noise issues.
        Even the AM who lives nearby would be up in arms!!

  2. whatsoccurin says:

    In the “Paddington Station” documentary the controllers said that they co-ordinate various types of train, but if one breaks down or runs late, it delays everything, whether it’s diesal,electric. tri-mode,varifocal etc!

  3. sjleworthy says:

    the journey times will close by 1 min??? wow.

    as long as the new system runs regularly and on time i think this would be more impressive

  4. Ford Prefect says:

    The current trains are awful. I can’t wait to get the new trains, and hopefully some better maintained stations to go with it.

  5. Johnabutt says:

    Last week there were lots of cancelled trains, or is that retimetabled trains, on Cogan to Cardiff. I would believe all this when I see it in the station!

  6. John64 says:

    Philip Rapier, where are your trams going to run between the end of the railway path. Houses have been built, are they going to be demolished, didn’t you know about this or are you talking through your **** again?. By the way, how many rat running commuters go from Penarth to Sully?

    • You know it makes sense! says:

      If you follow the original route of the old railway line beyond Penarth it is only Birch Lane that has houses on it and the tram/train could easily run along the road!

    • Mike Fox says:

      The trains planed for use currently on the Penarth line are not the Tram/Trains. The Tram Trains will only operate on the valleys (except Rhymney) and the city line. In the future TFW have planed to change penarth to tram/trains and extend the line towards sully.

  7. J says:

    It’s the 1940s all over again. Most trains shown in the 1949 timetable took 11 minutes to get to Cardiff General – exactly the same time as we’ll expect to take in the 2020s with snazzy new tri-mode trains.

    Great progress for 70 years!

  8. Jp03 says:

    To be fair, the new carriages will be welcome – Arriva’s scruffy dirty tbird-hand cr@p will not be missed one bit. Shame on the Assembly, and Westminster, for allowing them to profit nonetheless.

  9. Penarth realist1 says:

    The whole metro is just a PR exercise. Get the M4 sorted Assembly.
    Welcome to an event in Cardiff. Sorry the motorway is closed and no trains back to London but please spend your money on getting drunk.

  10. Max Wallis says:

    3% increase in capacity by 2023 !? These trains are surely so attractive that 300% increase might be predicted. Except that they can’t run through to Queen St and Cathays stations.

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