TfW poised to take over Barry railway depot

The sale to Transport for Wales of a disused railway depot in Barry is expected to be completed by the end of March.

That’s according to a recent report to the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s cabinet, in which the sale price was kept confidential.

The depot will complement TfW’s main engineering base at Canton (Cardiff) to stable, service and maintain some of the new trains that will begin to operate South Wales Metro services on the Core Valley Lines by the end of this year. 

Stadler is due to deliver seven three-car and 17 four-car Class 756 tri-mode trains, 11 Class 231 diesel multiple units, and 36 three-car Class 398s tram-trains to serve the region. 

Ben Gray, council cabinet member for social care and health, told local media: “This is a really positive use of that land. At different stages of development, there were fears about the land being used for housing or inappropriate industry so close to the centre of Barry.

“I think it’s really positive that there’s a potential there for the focus of the new fleet to be stabled at the terminus in Barry. There may well be employees who are seeking to live close to that starting point, which is a benefit to the local area.” 

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  • Dennis Price - 04/04/2022 20:36

    This is really good news. Its good to hear that Barry is still making headline news. Although it was very sad to hear the VoG railway society/Barry Tourist Railway no longer exist, this will keep Barry on the rail map esp as it will complement Cardiff Canton. Also with the town and not forgetting the fair ground of course then i can't see how this will fail. Good for TfW. Its about time we heard some good news.

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