Transport Minister celebrates 50 years of Landore Engineering Depot
Friday 15th November 2013
Landore Depot provides a work programme that has serviced, fuelled and repaired over 3600 High Speed Train (HST) sets over the last 12 months alone, in an overnight downtime often no more than three or four hours.
Minister for Economy, Science, and Transport Edwina Hart, said:
“Landore plays an important role in keeping the First Great Western fleet running. I am pleased to be officially naming this train today to recognise this significant landmark. This depot has played an important role in the community over the years and I would also like to congratulate all the staff at the site for helping to reach this landmark.”
Landore is one of four FGW depots maintaining their High Speed Train (HST) fleet, specialising in power car maintenance. The depot team’s dedication has meant that only one HST serviced at that depot was cancelled due to a train fault in the last year and saw them shortlisted in the European Rail Congress Awards 2013.
Welcoming the Minister, the Lord Mayor and other guests, First Great Western Managing Director Mark Hopwood is said:
“Landore has a proud history and I, on behalf of First Great Western, am very proud of the role the depot and its staff play in the local community.
“In recent years we have made significant investment in the depot infrastructure which has paid dividends for our customers, improving train reliability and has kept people moving in these increasingly congested times.”
Landore Depot is two miles East of Swansea High Street Station, built on the site of a steam locomotive shed it opened as a diesel depot in 1963.
The facility also records among the lowest accident rate across any FGW depot, having reduced by two-thirds over the last four years.