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We’ve opened a brand new maintenance depot in Herefordshire

16 March 2012

The new facility will be the strategic maintenance hub for the railway between Cwmbran and Ludlow and much of the railway in Heart of Wales.

 

The 4,000 square feet depot is designed with modern facilities and extra room to house a bigger team - which has increased by around 25% since 2010.

Responding to passengers’ needs

This move is integral to our wider devolution strategy in creating regional centres to become even more responsive to our customers and passengers. It also marks our continuous commitment to improve the railway in the area (including the Heart of Wales), where around £8m of improvement and maintenance work has been earmarked for delivery by 2013.

Improving the railway

The work includes improving the signalling through Hereford station to allow more trains to Worcester, Birmingham and London. Work has also started at Leominster and Hereford stations, where new lifts, footbridges, refurbished canopies and customer facilities are being installed to improve passengers’ travel experience.

Underpinning future growth

Mark Langman, our route managing director for Wales said: “A modern and well-maintained transport infrastructure is vital to growing vibrant local economies. Rail is well positioned to meet that need and underpin future growth. Hereford, which is at the heart of the Marches railway network, makes the town an ideal location for this maintenance hub.

"By strengthening our presence in Herefordshire, we are demonstrating our commitment and can be more responsive and better placed to explore untapped rail opportunities. This will enable us to safeguard the future of the railways in this area and offer alternative transport solutions to congested roads.”