TRANSPORT FOR Wales is seeking permission to continue using Class 37-hauled sets on the Cardiff to Rhymney line next year, while continuing to target complete withdrawal of Pacer units by 1 January.
Two sets of Mk 2 coaches hauled by Class 37s were introduced on peak Rhymney services during the summer. The coaches do not comply with the Persons with Reduced Mobility (PRM) standards and would therefore need a derogation to continue in passenger service after 31 December.
A TfW spokesman said: ‘Subject to derogation, we hope to continue running the Class 37s beyond December. We are currently developing mitigation plans to support this. The plan is to withdraw the Pacers from service by the end of the year.’