CAF, the Spanish rail manufacturer has released the news that the highly anticipated Diesel Multiple Units are now going into the design and engineering phase in preparation for them to be rolled out to the Wales and Borders franchise.
The DMUs are being made in Newport, South Wales which is the facility for CAF. From here, 77 DMUs will be made and will then enter service for the first time in early 2022.
The announcement which was released this week has indicated that both the engineering and project teams from the Spanish company are working closely with Transport for Wales. This is to ensure that the new vehicles, which will consist of a total of 51 two-car and 26 three-car units will be delivered on time while also ensuring that they meet the needs of the customers as well as perform to the required level on the network.
All trains are DMUs have been based around Civity platform that was created for commuter and regional services. This will mean that they all contain the most recent safety technology as well as a better interior design to enhance the experience for the customer. They will also come with air-conditioning and WiFi, ensuring guests are not only comfortable but remain connected.
The CAF UK Director, Richard Garners has confirmed that the work has now began and that the Wales and Borders Franchise will receive all units on time.
The Spanish company is proud to playing a vital role in providing Transport for Wales with the DMUs in order to transform the experience for the passenger. Along with this, there will be more services that are faster and there will be an increased capacity. This will ensure that passengers experience a service that consists of comfort, reliability and quality.
Kevin Thomas, the Chief Executive of Transport for Wales Rail Services has said that the new trains will transform the experience for the passenger but they will also make rail travel more appealing to new passengers as it will become more accessible.
Transport for Wales Rail Services aims to deliver the vision of the Welsh Government which is to put a transport network in place that is accessible and makes the people of Wales proud.