Posted: Wed 14th Nov 2018

New time-lapse video shows a former Arriva Wales train being transformed at a Chester depot

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Nov 14th, 2018

A new time-lapse video has been released showing how Transport for Wales (TfW) is transforming the appearance of trains using a pioneering process.

Sustainable wraps have already started covering trains after TfW partnered with science-based technology firms 3M and Aura Graphics.

The project involves stripping existing signage, full preparation of the underlying surfaces, corrosion treatment, and repainting, before applying digitally-printed Envision Print Wrap LX480mC from 3M, and finally dual-language labelling to the cars’ exterior.

The video shows the wrap, which is digitally printed in Transport for Wales’ silver and red colours with additional anti-graffiti laminate being applied to a Class 127 train at the Alstom depot in Chester.

It will take 12 months to wrap the entire fleet of 127 trains, “to ensure there is no disruption to customers” TfW says.

The work also includes a refurbishment of the train interiors.

The current fleet of trains will be used until new trains are introduced in 2023.

Transport for Wales is investing £800m in new rolling stock and the interiors and exteriors of these new trains will be branded with Transport for Wales’ full livery.

Colin Lea, Customer Experience Director for Transport for Wales, said:

“We’re delighted with how the trains are looking and we’ve already had dozens of customers telling us how smart they are looking.

We thought customers might really like to see behind the scenes of how you transform a fleet of trains.

While we will be introducing new trains in the coming years, we recognise how important it is to give customers the best experience as soon possible, which is why we are investing £40 million in the current fleet, transforming them inside and out.

Improving the appearance of the trains is one of a number of improvements customers will soon notice as a result of this investment. It will also fund customer experience and accessibility improvements and additional services.

Sustainability is a guiding principle for Transport for Wales, so we took the opportunity to choose a film with such impressive credentials to update the graphics of our fleet and reduce our carbon footprint.”

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