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Llandudno schoolgirl wins competition to name Transport for Wales’ first brand new train

03 Feb 2023 2 minute read
Tabitha Shields with (left to right) Richard Garner, CAF’s UK Director, Lesley Griffiths MS, Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd and James Price, Transport for Wales CEO.

The first brand new train unveiled by Transport for Wales has been named ‘Happy Valley’ following a national competition.

The competition, aimed at school children aged 4-11 has been running for two years and encouraged children to come up with names based on a real place, landmark, historical site or mythical figure associated with places in Wales and the Borders.

CBeebies star Grace Webb and popular S4C presenter Trystan Ellis-Morris were among the judges who selected the winning entry.

Tabitha Shields, a year five pupil at Tudno School in Llandudno, submitted a poem named Happy Valley after the popular public gardens of the same name in the town.

After seeing her name on the new train, Tabitha said: “When I heard I won I was like wow, this is amazing!”

Transform transport

James Price, CEO of Transport for Wales added: “It’s been a great to launch our new trains that will help us transform transport for the people of Wales and the Borders.

“I’d like to congratulate Tabitha on her success in our competition. ‘Happy Valley’ is the first name given to our first train, which is a special moment.

“We’ll be introducing another 147 new trains and I look forward to seeing the names of them all.

“At TfW we’re building a transport network that is sustainable and fit for future generations.  We want to encourage more people to use public transport and there’s no better way to get future generations involved with what we’re doing, than asking them to help us name our trains.”

The Class 197 trains, built in Wales by leading manufacturer CAF as part of an £800m investment in new trains, were launched last week at Llandudno railway station.

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Rhufawn Jones
Rhufawn Jones
1 year ago

Yn Saesneg! Typical.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 year ago
Reply to  Rhufawn Jones

How about ‘Cwningen Wen’…

Rhufawn Jones
Rhufawn Jones
1 year ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Pam ddim. Neu ‘Y Fach’, sef yr enw go iawn brodorol ar Happy Valley.

Bob McIntyre
Bob McIntyre
1 year ago

Does that include the Heart of Wales line which has replacement buses all weekend because its clapped out trains have been pinched to supplement TfW’s ailing fleet to carry rugby fans to Cardiff? Even GWR are helping out with extra trains.

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