The Cambrian Railway Line has received the first train to be modified as part of a plan to make sure services fully accessible for passengers with reduced mobility.
By the end of 2019, all trains will be compliant with EU regulations known as ‘Persons of Reduced Mobility’ (PRM).
These regulations mean that people with restricted mobility can now use the train in the same way as people with full mobility, ensuring there are no barriers for using public transport.
Whilst a number of Arriva’s current fleet of trains are compliant with accessibility requirements, some of the older trains do not meet these conditions yet, so work is ongoing in a partnership with the Welsh government and Transport for Wales to make sure they are compliant in time for the legal deadline.
The updated facilities include accessible toilets, wheelchair storage space, grab handles and clear colour coordination within each carriage for those with visual impairments.
Bethan Jelfs, customer services director at Arriva, said: “We are committed to ensuring all of our customers enjoy high-quality services while travelling along the network.”
He added: “We are delighted to welcome the newly modified train back onto the Cambrian line as a part of this programme of investment across the whole fleet. This means that our services are more accessible to all passengers than ever before.”