Rail passengers in South Wales are benefitting this week from the first electric trains to service Cardiff Central following the completion of electrification works on the railway between Cardiff Central and London Paddington.
Electrification between the two capitals now means thousands of extra seats, more frequent services and quicker journeys for passengers.
Over the Christmas and New Year period, engineers worked around the clock to switch on the electricity between St Brides, Newport and west of Cardiff Central station.
After testing, passengers are now benefitting from an average journey time saving of 14 minutes.
What did the officials say?
Mark Langman, Network Rail’s Managing Director for Wales and Western said:
“I am delighted that services can now run on electricity between Cardiff and London, linking the two capital cities for the very first time via an electric railway.
“This is the culmination of the largest modernisation project on the Great Western railway since it was built in Victorian times, which we have been working on over the last 10 years.
“Train performance has been very good since electric services have been operating, and together with the new timetable, passengers are already reaping the benefits of this huge modernisation.
“I would like to thank passengers and lineside neighbours for their patience over the past decade as we worked to deliver the transformation of this vital railway and am glad that they will benefit from these improvements for years to come.”
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