Wales and West
|Franchise(s):||Wales & West
13 October 1996 - 13 October 2001
|Other region(s):||South West, West Midlands, North West|
|National Rail abbreviation:||WW|
|Parent company:||Prism Rail|
Wales & West inherited a fleet of Class 143, Class 153 and Class 158s from British Rail. Wales and West Railway also operated some 'different' trains on shorter services. Using four hired in Class 37/4's from EWS and old Mk 2 stock from West Coast Railway limited.
Wales and West carried out various enhancements to their Class 158 fleet including new carpets, revised seating layout and better air conditioning equipment.
In 2001 the Strategic Rail Authority decided to reorganise the South Wales & West and Valley Lines franchises, both being operated by National Express. Wales & West split into Wessex Trains and Wales and Borders Trains. Wessex Trains has since become part of First Great Western (Greater Western franchise) and Wales and Borders Trains has become Arriva Trains Wales.
- Companies House extract company 3011029 Wales & West Passenger Trains Limited
- National Express buys Prism for £166m The Telegraph 19 July 2000
- National Express buys Prism for £166m The Guardian 19 July 2000
- Wales & West route map
As part of British Rail
|Operator of Wales & West franchise
1996 - 2001
Wales & Borders
Wales & Borders franchise
Wessex Trains franchise
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