The Welsh Labour Government’s rail quango “Transport for Wales” has announced there will be what it calls “reduced capacity” [i.e. a reduced number of carriages] on all Valleys train services – which will include those operating from Penarth.
The changes are because of the continuing shortages of rolling stock caused by the number of technical failures, breakdowns and wheel-flats caused by “leaves on the line” and “Autumn weather” – which apparently is unusual at this time of year .
Transport for Wales is using old rolling stock previously operated by Arriva Trains Wales – which (it has now admitted) it didn’t inspect thoroughly enough on acceptance from Arriva last month.
TfW has also blamed Network Rail’s new rail-cleaning systems which it asserts is not suitable for older trains which don’t have anti-lock braking. It says all its 127 trains will be fitted with anti lock braking by the end of next year.
As far as it’s possible to tell, all trains to and from Penarth will be operating in accordance with the scheduled timetable over the weekend and next week – and are not being replaced by buses (although several other services are).
Bus replacement services are being operated into and out of Cardiff from several Valleys stations including Lisvane & Thornhill, Llanishen, Heath High Level, Llandaff, Radyr and Taffs Well.
However PDN has already heard of a train from Penarth to Cardiff being delayed at Grangetown this morning for almost 30 minutes .
Meanwhile a PDN reader reported this morning that a train running in the opposite direction from Cardiff to Penarth was severely delayed and he had in the end to take a train to Barry and alight at Cogan – completing his journey to Penarth by bus.
All passengers are being advised to check their trains by consulting https://www.journeycheck.com