Transport for Wales Says Final Goodbye to Pacer Trains

Transport for Wales (TfW) has said goodbye to its last Pacer trains after more than 30 years of service, marking a positive step for Britain’s railways.

The last Class 143 trains – 143601 and 143609 – ran their final services on the South Wales valleys network on 29 May, and have now been replaced by larger, more modern trains.

Class 143 Pacer 143601 at Cardiff Queen Street, 28 May 2021
Class 143 Pacer 143601 at Cardiff Queen Street

TfW is also pressing ahead with building brand new trains for the Wales and Borders network and the South Wales Metro, which will enter service in 2022.

James Price, Transport for Wales CEO, said:

“The end of of the long service of our Pacer trains marks a key step in the transformation of the Valley Lines, as part of the development of the South Wales Metro. While the Pacers have worked hard over the last 30 years, our customers deserve more modern trains that provide better facilities, improved accessibility and a more comfortable ride.

“We’re working hard behind the scenes to deliver brand new trains to replace the existing fleet, which will provide more capacity and faster, greener journeys in years to come. In the interim, we have introduced the larger Class 769 trains which provide increased capacity and an improved customer experience.”

TfW began withdrawing its Pacers back in December 2020, but not all are heading to the scrapyard. One train has already been donated to the Llanelli and Mynydd Mawr Railway in Carmarthenshire, and several more will be donated to heritage railways and community projects in the coming weeks.

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