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Alarm rings repeatedly at Cardiff Central train station, leaving people confused

Alarm rings repeatedly at Cardiff Central train station, leaving people confused

People in Cardiff’s Central Square were left confused when a message was heard over loudspeakers for more than five minutes on a quiet Monday morning. Initially appearing to be a signal to a member of staff, the message emanated from Cardiff Central Station.

It was played on loop for two periods on Monday, July 1 – the last one lasting more than five minutes and leaving people in the square stunned. For the latest Cardiff news, sign up to our newsletter here.

The message was so loud that it could be heard loud and clear across the square. It began with the sentence “Could the line superintendent please return to the carriage depot?”

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This was followed by four blasts of a horn before the message repeated itself – with this going on for several minutes. Passengers and others in the area were openly wondering what the purpose of the broadcast was, and whether a member of staff had gone missing.

One joked “he’s asleep”, in response to the call for the superintendent. A TfW spokesperson confirmed the sound was played as part of “routine alarm testing” – meaning there was no unlucky superintendent who forgot to turn up for work.