Wales and West
|Franchise(s):||Wales & West
13 October 1996 - 13 October 2001
|Main region(s):||Wales, South West|
|Other region(s):||West Midlands, North West|
|National Rail abbreviation:||WW|
|Parent company:||Prism Rail|
Originally privatized under the name South Wales and West Railway, the company operated the majority of its services in South Wales and the south west of England, providing a mixture of local and middle-distance services. Longer-distance services operated under the Alphaline brand provided regular links to North Wales and the north west of England, as well as to the South Coast and London Waterloo.
Wales & West inherited a fleet of Class 143, Class 150, Class 153 and Class 158s from British Rail. Wales & West 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.
|Class 143 Pacer||Diesel multiple unit||75||120||1985–1986|
|Class 150 Sprinter||Diesel multiple unit||75||120||1984–1987|
|Class 153 Super Sprinter||Diesel multiple unit||75||120||1987–1988|
|Class 158 Express Sprinter||Diesel multiple unit||90||145||1989–1992|
Wales & 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 re-organise the South Wales & West and Valley Lines franchises, both being operated by National Express. Wales & West split into Wessex Trains and Wales & Borders. Wessex Trains has since become part of First Great Western (Greater Western franchise), and Wales & 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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