NEW trains set to 'transform customer experience' for rail users travelling to North Wales have been revealed.

Part of a £5bn investment being made by Transport for Wales, the new trains will serve Wrexham to Bidston, Crewe to Chester and Llandudno to Blaenau Ffestiniog.

The new trains are expected to go into service first in North Wales later this year.

With fully accessible toilets, power sockets, electronic passenger information, Wi-Fi, bike racks and air conditioning, the new trains will be 'hybrid units' using diesel and batteries in a bid to be more efficient and environmentally friendly.

Welsh minister for economy and transport Ken Skates visited the rolling stock manufacturer Vivarail to see the new trains first hand.

He told the Globe: "It’s been great to visit our rolling stock manufacturer, Vivarail and to see the Transport for Wales trains that will be running on routes in North Wales later this year.

“We’ve had an opportunity to take a ride on the trains on Vivarail’s test track and gain a real understanding of the hybrid engine.

"Not only will these transform the experience on board for rail passengers in North Wales, they will use 25 per cent less fuel and have a regenerative braking system that captures energy back into the batteries.

“These modern trains demonstrate our commitment to sustainability and the environment, as well as our ambitious plans to transform the experience for rail users.

“The Welsh Government is absolutely committed to improving our rail services and through our investment I am confident over the coming years people across Wales will be benefitting from the best passenger rail service in the UK which will be a vital step change as we leave the European Union.”

Each train will have three carriages containing 125 seats with a total capacity of 293.