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 .