Transport for Wales (TfW) has announced that it will increase train service frequency on its Liverpool-to-Chester route (via Liverpool Airport), and on the Ebbw Vale branch, next month (January 2024), not on 10 December as originally planned.
Having recently completed its upgrade of the Ebbw Vale line, TfW had hoped to increase the train frequency from this Sunday. It was due to restore the hourly service to Liverpool Airport at the same time.
However, November's storms damaged the wheels of several trains, and TfW will spend December repairing them. Once the repair programme is completed, TfW will have enough trains in working order to increase the timetables on the two routes in the new year.
A Transport for Wales spokesperson said: “We have a comprehensive programme in place for repairing the damaged wheels on the trains affected, which will take most of December to complete. This will cause a few weeks of delay to delivering the frequency enhancements planned as part of the December 2023 new timetable.
“Our engineers are working as fast as they can to get the repairs completed, which will put us in a stronger position to reliably deliver the new services, making sure we have enough rolling stock.”