120 carriages to be upgraded in major accessibility programme

Arriva Trains Wales, in partnership with the Welsh Government and Transport for Wales, has commenced an 18-month programme to make its fleet more accessible to those with mobility needs.

Fitted to the fleet of 150 and 158 diesel trains, the investment will allow fully accessible toilets, additional wheelchair space, door modifications and toilet retention tanks.

Arriva Trains Wales Managing Director Tom Joyner said: "We are passionate about making rail travel accessible for everyone, no matter what their mobility needs.

"We have worked hard to deliver a comprehensive plan for these trains and customers can look forward to enjoying these benefits soon.

The Cambrian Line, running from Machynlleth to Aberystwyth/Pwllheli, will become the first line in Wales where no toilets flush onto the tracks.

"This investment will go a long way to achieving those goals and shows a commitment to leave the rail industry in the best possible position at the end of the Arriva Trains Wales franchise,” added Tom.

To make it possible, the Welsh Government is investing nearly £200,000 towards new equipment for Machynlleth Traincare Depot to empty the train retention tanks.

Economy and Transport Secretary Ken Skates AM commented: "We are pleased to see the work starting on the improvement of the passenger facilities on these trains, ensuring all 120 carriages meet the accessibility requirements prior to 2020.

"Our investment into enhanced facilities at Machynlleth depot will ensure that the class 158 trains continue to be maintained locally to the route and passengers they predominantly serve.”​