First South Wales Metro Tram-Train Arrives at Taff’s Well Depot

The first CITYLINK tram-train for the South Wales Metro project has been delivered to Transport for Wales’ (TfW) new depot in Taff’s Well.

This is the first of 36 new vehicles that have been manufactured by Stadler in its factory in Valencia, Spain.

Having been shipped to the UK in 2022, the vehicles have since been undergoing several months of testing at Network Rail’s Rail Innovation and Development Centre in Leicestershire.

South Wales Metro Tram-Train
Upon completion of testing, the first Class 398 tram-train was delivered by road overnight to the Taff’s Well depot on Tuesday 21 March

The new tram-trains will provide frequent and high-capacity services on the South Wales Metro from 2024 on the Treherbert, Aberdare, Merthyr and City lines.

Dan Tipper, Transport for Wales’ Chief Infrastructure Officer, said:

“The delivery of the first tram-train to our new Taff’s Well depot is a major milestone in the development of the South Wales Metro and the culmination of a significant effort from TfW colleagues and our industry partners over the last few months.

“We’re on a transformational journey at TfW and these new trains are a key part of improving the customer experience, so that we can encourage more people to travel sustainably on public transport. These are modern trains, with high quality features that will offer our customers more accessible, reliable and greener transport.”

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