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Keolis Amey Operations (Welsh: Gweithrediadau Keolis Amey),[1] trading as Transport for Wales Rail Services (Welsh: Trafnidiaeth Cymru), or TfW Rail (Welsh: TrC Trenau, literally TfW Trains),[2] is a Welsh train operating company operated by Keolis Amey Wales Cymru Limited,[3] which commenced operating the Wales & Borders franchise on 14 October 2018.

  • Transport for Wales Rail Services
  • Trafnidiaeth Cymru
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Hereford - Keolis Amey 175003 Carmarthen service.JPG
Transport for Wales unit 175003 at Hereford
Overview
Franchise(s)
Main region(s)Wales
Other region(s)
PredecessorArriva Trains Wales
Parent company
Websitewww.tfwrail.wales, www.trctrenau.cymru (in Welsh), www.keolisamey.cymru
Technical
Gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)

Alongside CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains and Chiltern Railways, TfW is one of the few franchised train operating companies not to operate any electric powered trains.[citation needed]

Contents

HistoryEdit

In October 2016 Abellio, the incumbent operator Arriva, a Keolis/Amey joint venture and MTR Corporation were shortlisted to bid for the next Wales & Borders franchise.[4][5]

In October 2017, Arriva withdrew from the bidding process, followed in February 2018 by Abellio, after the collapse of its partner Carillion.[6][7][8][9] In May 2018, the franchise was awarded to Keolis Amey Wales Cymru. It commenced on 14 October 2018 and runs for 15 years.[10]

Unlike the previous franchise, which was awarded by the Department for Transport, the new franchise was awarded by Transport for Wales, on behalf of the Welsh Government.[5]

ServicesEdit

Typical TfW weekday off-peak service is as follows:[11]

North Wales Coast Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
Cardiff Central to Holyhead 0.5 Newport, Cwmbran, Pontypool & New Inn, Abergavenny, Hereford, Leominster, Ludlow, Craven Arms, Church Stretton, Shrewsbury, Gobowen, Chirk, Ruabon, Wrexham General, Chester, Flint, Prestatyn, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay, Llandudno Junction, Bangor, Llanfairpwll, Bodorgan, Ty Croes, Rhosneigr and Valley
0534 from Holyhead and 1716 from Cardiff is Premier Service which calls at fewer stops and has 1st class accommodation available with meals included
Class 175
Birmingham International to Holyhead 0.5 Birmingham New Street, Smethwick Galton Bridge, Wolverhampton, Telford Central, Wellington, Shrewsbury, Gobowen, Chirk, Ruabon, Wrexham General, Chester, Flint, Prestatyn, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay, Llandudno Junction, Conwy, Penmaenmawr, Llanfairfechan and Bangor Class 158
Manchester Airport to Llandudno 1 East Didsbury, Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Oxford Road, Newton-le-Willows, Earlestown, Warrington Bank Quay, Runcorn East, Frodsham, Helsby, Chester, Shotton, Flint, Prestatyn, Rhyl, Abergele & Pensarn, Colwyn Bay, Llandudno Junction and Deganwy
6 inter-peak trains each day begin/end at the airport, 1 early morning and 2 late evening trains do too, not calling at East Didsbury. Other trains begin at Manchester Piccadilly.
Class 175
Crewe to Chester 1 shuttle Class 150
South Wales - Manchester
Route tph Calling at Stock
Milford Haven to Manchester Piccadilly 0.5 Johnston, Haverfordwest, Clarbeston Road, Clunderwen, Whitland, Carmarthen, Pembrey & Burry Port, Llanelli, Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot Parkway, Bridgend, Cardiff Central, Newport, Cwmbran, Abergavenny, Hereford, Leominster, Ludlow, Shrewsbury Whitchurch, Nantwich, Crewe, Wilmslow, Stockport Class 175
Carmarthen to Manchester Piccadilly 0.5 Ferryside, Kidwelly, Pembury & Burry Port, Llanelli, Gowerton, Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot Parkway, Bridgend, Cardiff Central, Newport, Cwmbran, Abergavenny, Hereford, Leominster, Ludlow, Craven Arms, Church Stretton, Shrewsbury, Whitchurch, Nantwich, Crewe, Wilmslow, Stockport
Cambrian Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
Birmingham International / Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth 0.5 / 1 Birmingham New Street, Smethwick Galton Bridge, Wolverhampton, Telford Central, Wellington, Shrewsbury, Welshpool, Newtown, Caersws, Machynlleth, Dovey Junction and Borth
Trains run joined to Pwllheli trains Birmingham - Machynlleth
Class 158
Birmingham International / Shrewsbury to Pwllheli 0.5 Birmingham New Street, Smethwick Galton Bridge, Wolverhampton, Telford Central, Wellington, Shrewsbury, Welshpool, Newtown, Caersws, Machynlleth, Dovey Junction, Penhelig, Aberdovey, Tywyn, Tonfanau, Llwyngwril, Fairbourne, Morfa Mawddach, Barmouth, Llanaber, Talybont, Dyffryn Ardudwy, Llanbedr, Pensarn, Llandanwg, Harlech, Tygwyn, Talsarnau, Llandecwyn, Penrhyndeudraeth, Minffordd, Porthmadog, Criccieth, Penychain and Abererch
Trains run joined to Aberystwyth trains Birmingham - Machynlleth
Heart of Wales Line
Route tpd Calling at Stock
Carmarthen to Llandovery 1 Gowerton, Llanelli, Bynea, Llangennech, Pontarddulais, Pantyffynnon, Ammanford, Llandybie, Ffairfach, Llandeilo, Llangadog and Llanwrda Class 150, 153
Llandrindod to Crewe 1 Pen-y-Bont, Dolau, Llanbister Road, Llangynllo, Knucklas, Knighton, Bucknell, Hopton Heath, Broome, Craven Arms, Church Stretton, Shrewsbury, Yorton, Wem, Prees, Whitchurch, Wrenbury and Nantwich
Swansea to Shrewsbury and Crewe 4 Gowerton, Llanelli, Bynea, Llangennech, Pontarddulais, Pantyffynnon, Ammanford, Llandybie, Ffairfach, Llandeilo, Llangadog, Llanwrda, Llandovery, Cynghordy, Sugar Loaf, Llanwrtyd, Llangammarch, Garth, Cilmeri, Builth Road, Llandrindod, Pen-y-Bont, Dolau, Llanbister Road, Llangynllo, Knucklas, Knighton, Bucknell, Hopton Heath, Broome, Craven Arms and Church Stretton
2tpd extend to/from Crewe, calling at Yorton, Wem, Prees, Whitchurch, Wrenbury and Nantwich
Shrewsbury to Crewe 5 Yorton, Wem, Prees, Whitchurch, Wrenbury and Nantwich
creates a every-2-hours service alongside trains beginning further south
Conwy Valley Line
Route tpd Calling at Stock
Blaenau Ffestiniog to Llandudno 6 Roman Bridge, Dolwyddelan, Pont-y-Pant, Betws-y-Coed, Llanrwst, North Llanrwst, Dolgarrog, Tal-y-Cafn, Glan Conwy, Llandudno Junction and Deganwy Class 150
Borderlands Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
Wrexham Central to Bidston 1 Wrexham General, Gwersyllt, Cefn-y-Bedd, Caergwrle, Hope, Penyffordd, Buckley, Hawarden, Shotton, Hawarden Bridge, Neston, Heswall and Upton Class 150
West Wales Locals
Route tph Calling at Stock
Pembroke Dock to Swansea 0.5 Pembroke, Lamphey, Manorbier, Penally, Tenby, Saundersfoot, Kilgetty, Narberth, Whitland, Carmarthen, Pembrey & Burry Port, Llanelli and Gowerton Class 150, 153, 158, 175
Fishguard Harbour - irregular service usually calling at Fishguard & Goodwick, Clarbeston Road, Whitland and Carmarthen. Some trains extend to/from east of Carmarthen
Swanline
Route tph Calling at Stock
Swansea to Cardiff Central 0.5 Llansamlet, Skewen, Neath, Briton Ferry, Baglan, Port Talbot Parkway, Pyle and Bridgend Class 150, 153, 158, 175
West Wales-Gloucestershire Line Via Cardiff Central
Route tph Calling at Stock
Maesteg to Cheltenham Spa 1 (Alternates with the Fishguard Harbour to Gloucester Service) Maesteg (Ewenny Road), Garth, Tondu, Sarn, Wildmill, Bridgend, Pencoed, Llanharan, Pontyclun, Cardiff Central, Newport, Severn Tunnel Junction, Caldicot, Chepstow, Lydney and Gloucester
Some trains terminate at Cardiff Central, rather than Cheltenham Spa
Class 150, 153, 158, 175
Fishguard Harbour to Gloucester 4 tpd Fishguard And Goodwick, Clarbeston Road, Clunderwen, Whitland, Carmarthen, Ferryside, Kidwelly, Pembrey & Burry Port, Llanelli, Gowerton, Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot Parkway, Pyle, Bridgend, Cardiff Central, Newport, Severn Tunnel Junction, Caldicot, Chepstow and Lydney

Some trains terminate at Cardiff Central, rather than Gloucester

Class 150, 153, 158, 175
Ebbw Vale Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
Cardiff Central to Ebbw Vale Town 1 Pye Corner, Rogerstone, Risca & Pontymister, Cross Keys, Newbridge, Llanhilleth and Ebbw Vale Parkway Class 150, 153, 158, 175
Rhymney Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
Penarth to Bargoed 4 Dingle Road, Grangetown, Cardiff Central, Cardiff Queen Street, Heath High Level, Llanishen, Lisvane & Thornhill, Caerphilly, Aber, Energlyn & Churchill Park (2tph), Llanbradach, Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed, Pengam and Gilfach Fargoed (1tph).
1tph extends to/from Rhymney, calling at Brithdir, Tir-Phil and Pontlottyn
Class 142, 143, 150, 153
Merthyr and Vale Lines
Route tph Calling at Stock
Bridgend to Aberdare 1 Llantwit Major, Rhoose Cardiff International Airport, Barry, Barry Docks, Cadoxton, Dinas Powys, Eastbrook, Cogan, Grangetown, Cardiff Central, Cardiff Queen Street, Cathays, Llandaf, Radyr, Taffs Well, Trefforest, Pontypridd, Abercynon, Penrhiwceiber, Mountain Ash, Fernhill and Cwmbach Class 142, 143, 150, 153
Barry Island to Aberdare 1 Barry, Barry Docks, Cadoxton, Dinas Powys, Eastbrook, Cogan, Grangetown, Cardiff Central, Cardiff Queen Street, Cathays, Llandaf, Radyr, Taffs Well, Trefforest, Pontypridd, Abercynon, Penrhiwceiber, Mountain Ash, Fernhill and Cwmbach
Barry Island to Merthyr Tydfil 2 Barry, Barry Docks, Cadoxton, Dinas Powys, Eastbrook, Cogan, Grangetown, Cardiff Central, Cardiff Queen Street, Cathays, Llandaf, Radyr, Taffs Well, Trefforest Estate, Trefforest, Pontypridd, Abercynon, Quakers Yard, Merthyr Vale, Troed-y-rhiw and Pentre-bach
Rhondda Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
Cardiff Central to Treherbert 2 Cardiff Queen Street, Cathays, Llandaf, Radyr, Taffs Well, Trefforest, Pontypridd, Trehafod, Porth, Dinas Rhondda, Tonypandy, Llwynypia, Ystrad Rhondda, Ton Pentre, Treorchy and Ynyswen Class 142, 143, 150, 153
City & Coryton Lines
Route tph Calling at Stock
Radyr to Coryton 2 Danescourt, Fairwater, Waun-gron Park, Ninian Park, Cardiff Central, Cardiff Queen Street, Heath Low Level, Ty Glas, Birchgrove, Rhiwbina and Whitchurch Class 142, 143, 150, 153
Butetown Branch
Route tph Calling at Stock
Cardiff Bay to Cardiff Queen Street 5 shuttle Class 142, 143, 150, 153

ImprovementsEdit

There are plans to improve services between 2018 and 2033 as part of the new franchise:[12][13]

North Wales and North West England[14]

South West and Mid Wales and the Borders[16][17]

South East Wales[19]

Rolling stockEdit

TfW Rail inherited a fleet of Class 142, 143, 150, 153, 158 and 175 diesel multiple units and Mark 3 carriages from Arriva Trains Wales. In April 2019 it added 5 153s acquired from Great Western Railway to the 8 it previously had.

As of April 2019, all of TfW Rail's Class 142 & 143 Pacer railbus DMUs, which will be withdrawn and replaced by 2020, have had advertising vinyls applied, with the messages "The Start of a New Journey", "The Journey is Almost Over for Old Trains", and "These Trains will Terminate Soon", stating rolling stock, infrastructure and service improvements. The Mark 3 carriages for the locomotive-hauled trains have had Transport for Wales logos applied to the ex-Arriva Trains Wales livery, as they will also be withdrawn and replaced by 2020.

The rest of TfW Rail's rolling stock (the Class 150, 153, 158 and 175 DMUs), which will be withdrawn and replaced by 2023, is in the process of undergoing several changes, including at least the 158s and 175s receiving Transport for Wales livery, at least the 150s and 158s receiving PRM-TSI 2020 (Persons with Reduced Mobility - Technical Specifications for Interoperability) modifications as well as the fitment of toilet retention tanks, and at least the 150s receiving AC and USB power sockets (the 158s already have them albeit AC only, though none of the 153s or 175s do).

From May 2019, hired Class 37-hauled Mark 2 sets will temporarily operate rush-hour services between Cardiff and Rhymney to help crowding, especially with many trains undergoing work, most importantly PRM-TSI 2020 modifications.

Current fleetEdit

Class Image Type Top Speed Carriages Number Routes Operated Built
mph kph
Locomotive hauled stock
67   Loco 110 177 3 Premier Service: Holyhead–Cardiff Central
  • Holyhead (Llandudno)–Manchester Piccadilly
1999–2000
Mark 3   Coach 12 1975–88
  DVT 3 1988
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
150/2 Sprinter   DMU 75 121 2 36
  • Valley Lines & Cardiff local routes
  • Heart of Wales/West Wales lines
  • Regional services between South and West Wales, North West and South West England
1986–87
153 Super Sprinter   DMU 75 121 1 13
  • Valley Lines & Cardiff local routes
  • Heart of Wales/West Wales lines
  • Crewe-Shrewsbury local services
  • Regional services between South and West Wales, North West and South West England
1987–88
158/0 Express Sprinter   DMU 90 140 2 24
  • Cambrian line
  • Regional services between South and North Wales, North West and South West England
1990–91
175/0 & 175/1 Coradia   DMU 100 161 2 11 Regional services between North West England, North and South Wales 1999–2001
3 16

Future fleetEdit

All of TfW Rail's current fleet is due to be replaced by 2023 (with the exception of the Class 67 locomotives). [21]

During 2019, temporary extra trains are in the process of joining the fleet in the form of 9 Class 769 Flex bi-mode multiple units, which are being converted from Class 319 electric multiple units which were previously in service with Thameslink, by fitting diesel generators and extra electronic equipment to some previously unused below-solebar space. [22]

Also during 2019, on a more permanent basis, cascaded but refurbished trains will be joining the fleet. The majority of these will be in the form of 12 Class 170/2 Turbostar diesel multiple units from Greater Anglia. In addition, at least 3 Class 67 locomotives will be adapted to work with 12 (4 each) Mark 4 carriages and 3 (1 each) Mark 4 DVTs from London North Eastern Railway, which will replace the Mark 3 stock currently used on locomotive-hauled services.

The first "new" trains will also join the fleet during 2019 in the form of 5 Class 230 D-Train diesel-battery-electric multiple units, which are being built in England from former London Underground D78 Stock aluminium bodyshells by start-up rolling stock manufacturer Vivarail. [23]

The addition of the 170s and 230s to TfW Rail's fleet during 2019 will facilitate an internal cascade of around half of their Class 150/2 Sprinter diesel multiple units to the Valleys & Cardiff Local Routes network, which the 769s will also be allocated to, along with the small quantity of 150s which already are. The additions of the 769s and significantly more 150s to that network's allocation will allow the 30 (total) Class 142 & 143 Pacer railbus DMUs to be withdrawn by 2020. [24]

For the longer term fleet replacement, 148 brand new trains have been ordered. A total of 77 CAF Civity diesel multiple units have been ordered, which are due to be assembled in Wales at CAF's new UK factory in Llanwern, Newport. [25] Also, a total of 35 Stadler FLIRT units have been ordered (consisting of 24 tri-modes and eleven diesel-electrics) along with 36 Stadler Citylink tram-trains. [26] The addition of these trains to the fleet, from 2021-24 but mostly in 2022-23, will allow the 109 (total) Class 150, 153, 158, 175 and 769 units to be withdrawn. The 170s will then work different routes, with the 230s and locomotive-hauled trains remaining on the routes they will work from their date of introduction on TfW Rail services.

Class Image Type Top Speed Carriages Number Routes Operated Built In Service
mph kph
Locomotive hauled stock
Mark 4   Coach 140 225 12 North to south inter-city service: Holyhead-Cardiff Central[27] 1989–1992 2019
  DVT 3
Diesel multiple units
170/2 Turbostar[12]   DMU 100 161 2 4
  • Heart of Wales line (from 2022)
  • Regional services between South and West Wales
  • South Wales metro lines - Ebbw Vale/Maesteg (until 2022)[28]
  • Crewe-Shrewsbury local services (from 2022)
1999–2002 2019
3 8
TBC Civity[29] DMU 100 161 2 51 TBC 2021–23
3 26
Diesel-electric multiple units
230 D-Train[30]   DEMU 60 97 3 5 TBC 2019
TBC FLIRT 100 161 4 11 2022
Bi-mode multiple units
769/0 & 769/4 Flex   BMU TBC TBC 4 9 Valley Lines 2017-19 2019[nb 1]
Tri-mode multiple units[13]
TBC FLIRT TMU 100 161 3 7 Services between Rhymney/Coryton to Penarth/Barry Island/Bridgend via VoG[28] TBC 2023
4 17
Tram-trains
TBC Citylink Tram-train TBC TBC 3 36 Services to Treherbert, Aberdare and Merthyr Tydfil[13] TBC 2022–23

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Class 319/4 units were initially built between 1987 and 1988

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Terms and Conditions". tfwrail.wales. Retrieved 23 October 2018. Keolis Amey Operations/Gweithrediadau Keolis Amey Limited (trading as Transport for Wales Rail Services)
  2. ^ "Tweet by Transport for Wales (@transport_wales)". Twitter (in Welsh). Retrieved 2 October 2018. Bydd yr ap TrC Trenau ar gael i’w lawrlwytho maes o lawr ar iOS ac Android.
  3. ^ "KEOLIS AMEY WALES CYMRU LIMITED". beta.companieshouse.gov.uk. Retrieved 5 November 2018. Company number 11391059
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ a b "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.
  6. ^ "Arriva pulls out of Wales & Borders franchise contest". International Railway Journal. Falmouth: Simmons-Boardman Publishing. 30 October 2017. ISSN 0744-5326.
  7. ^ "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".
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ "Abellio pulls out of Wales & Borders bidding". International Railway Journal. Falmouth: Simmons-Boardman Publishing. 23 February 2018. ISSN 0744-5326.
  10. ^ "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.
  11. ^ Train Times. Transport for Wales Rail.
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  13. ^ a b c "What's Happening In South East Wales". Transport for Wales. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
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Preceded by
Arriva Trains Wales
Operator of Wales & Borders franchise
2018–2033
Succeeded by
incumbent