Transport for Wales (train operating company)
|Predecessor||Arriva Trains Wales|
|Gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
Keolis Amey Operations (Welsh: Trenau Gweithrediadau Keolis Amey), trading as Transport for Wales Rail Services (Welsh: Trafnidiaeth Cymru), or TfW Rail (Welsh: TrC Trenau, literally TfW Trains) is a United Kingdom train operating company operated by Keolis Amey Wales Cymru Limited, which commenced operating the Wales & Borders franchise on 14 October 2018.
In October 2017, Arriva withdrew from the bidding process, followed in February 2018 by Abellio, after the collapse of its partner Carillion. In May 2018, the franchise was awarded to Keolis Amey Wales Cymru. It commenced on 14 October 2018 and runs for 15 years.
North Wales and North West England
- Introduction of a new hourly Liverpool Lime Street to Chester service from May 2019, with limited services extended to Wrexham General
- Introduce Class 230 D-Trains on services on the Borderlands, Conwy Valley and Crewe-Chester lines during 2019
- Twelve refurbished Mark 4 carriages for the Holyhead to Cardiff Central Premier Service by the end of 2019, to replace the Mark 3 carriages
- Increase Wrexham Central to Bidston services to 2tph by December 2021, as part of the North Wales Metro
- Introduction of a new hourly Liverpool to Llandudno and Shrewsbury service, and a new two-hourly Liverpool to Cardiff Central service from December 2022
- Introduction of a direct Manchester Airport to Bangor service from December 2022
- Introduce the new fleet of Civity diesel multiple units (DMUs) to the North Wales Coast line and other North Wales routes during 2022
- Invest in Shotton and Wrexham General stations from April 2024, and in Chester station by 2028
- Invest to co-fund new station buildings at Blaenau Ffestiniog
- Introduce new Community Rail Partnerships on the North Wales Coast Line and the Crewe to Hereford line
- Open a new station at Bow Street in March 2020
- An additional service every day on the Heart of Wales line from December 2022
- A consistent 1 tph on the Cambrian line from Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth from December 2022
- New Civity DMUs on the Cambrian line during 2022, to replace the Class 158 Express Sprinters
- Refurbished Class 170 Turbostar two-car DMUs on services to West Wales, Ebbw Vale and Maesteg from 2019, and the Heart of Wales line from 2022, to replace Class 153 Super Sprinters
- Introduce new two and three-car new diesel multiple units for the Milford Haven to Manchester Piccadilly service by 2023, to replace the Class 175 Coradias
- Additional summer Sunday services from May 2023 between Tywyn and Pwllheli – including a new 1 tph express service between major centres by 2025
- Invest in Carmarthen and Machynlleth stations in 2021, and Llanelli station in 2025
- A first-class service between Swansea and Manchester from December 2024
- Introduce a new Community Rail Partnership for the West Wales line
South East Wales
- Provide ticket machines at all South Wales Metro stations by April 2019
- Introduce Class 769 Flex bi-mode multiple units (BMMUs) to the Valley Lines during 2019
- Replace all Class 142 and 143 Pacers by the end of 2019
- 4tph between Cardiff Central and Bridgend (direct, Monday to Saturday) from December 2019
- Introduce pay-as-you-go for users of smartcards by April 2020
- A new 1 train per hour (tph) Ebbw Vale Town to Newport service from May 2021
- 4tph between Treherbert, Merthyr Tydfil, Aberdare and Cardiff from December 2022, operated by Citylink tram-trains
- 6tph between Cardiff Queen Street and Cardiff Bay from December 2022
- Hourly Cheltenham Spa to Cardiff Central services from December 2022
- Introduce new FLIRT diesel-electric multiple units (DEMUs) on the Ebbw Vale and Maesteg lines during 2022
- Introduce new FLIRT tri-mode multiple units (TMMUs) between Penarth, Barry and Bridgend to Rhymney and Coryton during 2023
- 2tph between Cardiff and Bridgend via the Vale of Glamorgan Line from December 2023
- 4tph throughout on the Rhymney line from December 2023
- Introduce Citylink tram-trains to the City Line during 2023
- Eliminate diesel use on the Central Metro lines (north of Cardiff Queen Street) by 2024
- Open new stations at Cardiff Parkway in February 2020, Crwys Road, Loudoun Square and Cardiff Bay by December 2023, Treforest Estate by December 2025, and Gabalfa by 2028
- Invest in Merthyr Tydfil from April 2020, Abergavenny from April 2023, and Cardiff Central and Chepstow from April 2025
- Develop a fleet maintenance depot at Taffs Well and a dedicated Infrastructure Management depot in the Valleys
- Build a Major Events Stabling Line (MESL) and a new station in Llanwern
|Class||Image||Type||Top Speed||Carriages||Number||Routes Operated||Built|
|Locomotive hauled stock|
|67||Loco||125||200||–||3||Premier Service: Holyhead–Cardiff Central
|Diesel multiple units|
|142 Pacer||DMU||75||121||2||15||Valley Lines & Cardiff local routes||1985–87|
|143 Pacer||DMU||75||121||2||15||Valley Lines & Cardiff local routes||1985–86|
|153 Super Sprinter||DMU||75||121||1||8||
|158 Express Sprinter||DMU||90||140||2||24||
|175/0 & 175/1 Coradia||DMU||100||161||2||11||Regional services between North West England, North and South Wales||1999–01|
A total of 77 CAF Civity diesel multiple units are to be built. There will also be a number of cascaded diesel multiple units joining the fleet, with five Class 153s from Great Western Railway (these being on a short term basis only) and twelve Class 170/2s from Greater Anglia.
|Class||Image||Type||Top Speed||Carriages||Number||Routes Operated||Built||In Service|
|Locomotive hauled stock|
|Mark 4||Coach||140||225||–||12||North to south inter-city service: Holyhead-Cardiff Central||1989–92||2019|
|DVT||140||225||–||4||North to south inter-city service: Holyhead-Cardiff Central||1989–92||2019|
|Diesel multiple units|
|153 Super Sprinter||DMU||75||121||1||5||Rural routes in west Wales||1987–88||2019|
|Diesel-electric multiple units|
|Bi-mode multiple units|
|769/0 Flex||BMU||TBC||TBC||4||9||Valley Lines||2019||TBC[nb 1]|
|Tri-mode multiple units|
|TBC FLIRT||TMU||100||161||3||7||Services between Rhymney/Coryton to Penarth/Barry Island/Bridgend via VoG||TBC||2023|
|TBC Citylink||Tram-train||TBC||TBC||3||36||Services to Treherbert, Aberdare and Merthyr Tydfil||TBC||2022–23|
- Class 319/4 units were initially built between 1987 and 1988
- "Terms and Conditions". tfwrail.wales. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
Keolis Amey Operations/Gweithrediadau Keolis Amey Limited (trading as Transport for Wales Rail Services)
- "Tweet by Transport for Wales (@transport_wales)". Twitter (in Welsh). Retrieved 2 October 2018.
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- "KEOLIS AMEY WALES CYMRU LIMITED". beta.companieshouse.gov.uk. Retrieved 2018-11-05.
Company number 11391059
- "Rail operator shortlist revealed" (Press release). Welsh Government. 12 October 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
Four bidders have been selected to progress to the next stage in the procurement process to operate rail services in Wales and the Borders from October 2018 as well take forward key aspects of the next stage of Metro.
- "Wales & Borders bidders asked to propose Metro options". Railway Gazette International. Sutton: DVV Media Group. 13 October 2016. ISSN 0373-5346. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
- "Arriva pulls out of Wales & Borders franchise contest". International Railway Journal. Falmouth: Simmons-Boardman Publishing. 30 October 2017. ISSN 0744-5326.
- "Arriva Trains Wales drops out of Welsh rail franchise bid". BBC News. BBC. 30 October 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
The firm that runs most of Wales' rail network has pulled out of the contest to continue running it from 2018. Arriva has said Arriva Trains Wales was "no longer participating in the Wales and Borders competition", adding it had "not been an easy decision".
- "Abellio ends rail bid after Carillion collapse". BBC News. BBC. 23 February 2018. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
One of the three remaining bidders for the next Wales and Borders rail franchise has pulled out. Abellio Rail Cymru (ARC) said it had been unable to overcome the collapse of its partner construction company, Carillion. Its exit from the process leaves just MTR and Keolis Amey bidding to run the franchise, which will operate the South Wales Metro.
- "Abellio pulls out of Wales & Borders bidding". International Railway Journal. Falmouth: Simmons-Boardman Publishing. 23 February 2018. ISSN 0744-5326.
- "Wales' rail and metro franchise to be run by Keolis Amey". BBC News. BBC. 23 May 2018. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
A £5bn contract to run Wales' rail service for the next 15 years has been awarded to two European firms, who will run it jointly. France's Keolis and Spanish-owned Amey's bid triumphed over a rival offer from Hong Kong's MTR commuter railways. It will also drive forward the south Wales Metro in Cardiff and the valleys.
- "What this means for Mid and South West Wales". Transport for Wales. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
- "What's Happening In South East Wales". Transport for Wales. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
- "What's Happening in North Wales | Transport for Wales". tfw.gov.wales. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
- "Transport for Wales rebrand gets underway on the Wrexham to Bidston line". deeside.com. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
- "What's Happening in South West and Mid Wales | Transport for Wales". tfw.gov.wales. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
- "What's Happening in the Borders | Transport for Wales". tfw.gov.wales. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
- "£4m promised for new railway station". BBC News. 2017-07-28. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
- "What's Happening in South East Wales | Transport for Wales". tfw.gov.wales. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
- "South Wales Metro | Transport for Wales". tfw.gov.wales. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
- Barry, Sion (4 June 2018). "How Wales' railways will be transformed with new stations, trains and jobs through investment worth billions". WalesOnline. Cardiff: Reach. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
- "AMs WB Overview Presentation vJP AM" (PDF). KeolisAmey Wales. KeolisAmey Wales. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
- "What's Happening in North Wales". Transport for Wales. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
- "Service Improvements" (PDF). Transport for Wales. Welsh Government. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
- "KeolisAmey reveal new-look Wales trains and services". BBC News. BBC. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
Arriva Trains Wales
| Operator of Wales & Borders franchise