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.
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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