Cardiff electrics pushed back to January

RESCHEDULED engineering and testing work in South Wales means electric operation to Cardiff will not now start until January 2020. 

The December 2019 timetable will see a typical journey time saving of 14 minutes between Cardiff and London Paddington, but the final 10-mile section of 25kV equipment between Newport and the Welsh capital will not be ready in time, and GWR Class 80x trains will continue to run in diesel mode. 

The overhead line portals are still awaiting their wires as Great Western Railway nine-car IET No. 800319 arrives at Cardiff Central with a westbound working from London Paddington on July 4. IETs will continue to run in diesel mode between Newport and Cardiff until January. JOHN STRETTON

Electrification to Cardiff – already heavily delayed – will be completed by November, with testing and commissioning due to take place over the Christmas and New Year holidays. 

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