Commuters arriving at the Labour-run Penarth railway station found the booking hall was closed and the electronic displays – which are meant to tell the travelling public when the next train is due – had been turned off.
Penarth railway station is now run – as of October 14th – by the Welsh Labour Government’s Transport for Wales (TfW) operation- but commuters said the place was more like a Halloween Ghost Train than a real railway station.
There was no notice on the doors of the station explaining why the abandoned station was eerily deserted and why the train time displays failed to show when – if ever – the next train might come.
At the Transport for Wales HQ – run by the Welsh Labour Government – staff were totally perplexed and unable to give any reason for the failure other than to confirm that the station was indeed closed.
The incident adds to the catalogue of cock-ups suffered by the new railway franchise since it took over from Arriva Trains Wales .