Valley Lines (train operating company)
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13 October 1996 – 13 October 2001
|Main region(s)||Cardiff and South Wales Valleys|
|Other region(s)||Bridgend and Vale of Glamorgan|
|National Rail abbreviation||VL|
|Parent company||National Express|
Routes operated consisted of four northern branches to Aberdare, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhymney and Treherbert, which were interworked with the shorter southerly branches to Penarth, Barry Island and Cardiff Bay. The City Line between Radyr and Coryton also formed part of the franchise, with all services calling at Cardiff Queen Street.
The operator originally undertook to introduce new services from Pontypridd to Manchester and Portsmouth, but this did not take place.
The franchise predates the introduction of services that are now generally included under the 'Valley Lines' umbrella, such as those via the Vale of Glamorgan line and to Ebbw Vale.
Valley Lines inherited a fleet of Class 143s and Class 150s from British Rail. Starting in 1998, the operator changed its fleet by exchanging its Class 150 units for Class 142 units from the north of England.
|Class 142 Pacer||Diesel multiple unit||75||120||15||1985-1987|
|Class 143 Pacer||Diesel multiple unit||75||120||14||1985-1986|
|Class 150 Sprinter||Diesel multiple unit||75||120||6||1984-1987|
Valley Lines' fleet was maintained at Cardiff Canton depot.
In 2000 the Strategic Rail Authority announced its intention that a single all-Wales franchise should take over the majority of rail services in Wales. Accordingly, in October 2001, various operations of the Wales & West franchise were merged with those of Valley Lines to create Wales & Borders.
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As part of British Rail
| Operator of Valley Lines franchise
1996 - 2001
Wales & Borders
Wales & Borders franchise