Sunday train services to increase by 40% across parts of Wales

Rail passengers in parts of Wales will see the introduction of more Sunday train services from 15th December.

Transport for Wales has announced an additional 186 services, an increase of 40 percent on the current timetable.

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additional train services will be introduced on Sundays.

A service to Maesteg will also run for the first time on a Sunday.

Services will double from 14 to 29 between Cardiff Central and Swansea, and additional seasonal services will now run all year along the North Wales Coast, as well as increased frequency on valley lines.

It is hoped the extra services will boost the Welsh economy and also improve access for social, recreational opportunities Credit: Transport for Wales

The new Sunday services are expected to increase tourism in Wales, with a service between Llandudno Junction and Blaenau Ffestiniog also being introduced.

It is also hoped the additional services will provide an economic boost throughout the country.

Transport is fundamental to the success of our economy in Wales and this dramatic increase in the number of Sunday services will increase connectivity between our cities, town and villages.

Ken Skates, Minister for Economy and Transport

Key improvements to the existing Sunday services are:

  • New Maesteg Sunday service for the first time ever

  • New Llandudno Junction to Blaenau Ffestiniog Sunday service

  • Doubling the number of Sunday services between Cardiff Central and Swansea

  • Increased Sunday service between Pwllheli and Machynlleth

  • Enhanced Cambrian service between Aberystwyth and Shrewsbury

  • The Chester to Crewe current summer service becomes all year around

  • 32 new services between Llandudno and Llandudno Junction are being introduced

  • Enhanced Sunday service on the Rhymney line, with 7 extra services between Rhymney and Cardiff, alongside an almost tripling of services to/from Caerphilly

  • An hourly service between Treherbert and Cardiff,

  • Enhanced Barry Island service (similar to the current summer timetable, running all year)

  • Cardiff Queen Street to Cardiff Bay shuttle will increase

  • New Llandudno Junction to Blaenau Ffestiniog service

  • North Wales Coast - additional trains which run over the summer will now be in service all year