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Keolis Amey Operations (Welsh: Trenau 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 United Kingdom 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
TransportForWales.svg
Hereford - Keolis Amey 175003 in TfW livery.JPG
175003 in Transport for Wales livery
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)

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]

ImprovementsEdit

There are plans to improve services between 2018 and 2033 as part of the new franchise:[11][12]

North Wales and North West England[13]

South West and Mid Wales and the Borders[15][16]

South East Wales[18]

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.

Current fleetEdit

Class Image Type Top Speed Carriages Number Routes Operated Built
mph kph
Locomotive hauled stock
67   Loco 125 200 3 Premier Service: Holyhead–Cardiff Central
  • Holyhead (Llandudno)–Manchester Piccadilly
1999–00
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 8
  • 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 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 1999–01
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), with half of the new trains due to be manufactured by CAF at its Llanwern factory.[20]

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.[21]

Also, a total of 35 Stadler FLIRT units have been ordered; 24 tri-modes and eleven diesel-electrics. Thirty-six three-car Stadler Citylink tram-trains have also been ordered.[21]

Five Class 230 units have also been ordered from Vivarail, whilst twelve refurbished Mark 4 carriages are also to join the fleet.[21]

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[22] 1989–92 2019
Diesel multiple units
153 Super Sprinter[23]   DMU 75 121 1 5 Rural routes in west Wales[21] 1987–88 2019
170/2 Turbostar[11]   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)[21]
  • Crewe-Shrewsbury local services (from 2022)
1999–02 2019
3 8
TBC Civity[24] DMU TBC TBC 2 51 TBC 2021–23
3 26
Diesel-electric multiple units
230 D-Train[23]   DEMU 60 97 3 5 TBC 2019
TBC FLIRT DEMU TBC TBC 4 11 TBC 2022
Bi-mode multiple units
769 Flex   BMU TBC TBC 4 5 Valley Lines TBC TBC[nb 1]
Tri-mode multiple units[12]
TBC FLIRT TMU TBC TBC 3 7 Services between Rhymney/Coryton to Penarth/Barry Island/Bridgend via VoG[21] TBC 2023
4 17
Tram-trains
TBC Citylink Tram-train TBC TBC 3 36 Services to Treherbert, Aberdare and Merthyr Tydfil[12] TBC 2022–23

NotesEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Terms and Conditions". tfwrail.wales. Retrieved 2018-10-23. 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 2018-11-05. 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. ^ a b c "What this means for Mid and South West Wales". Transport for Wales. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  12. ^ a b c "What's Happening In South East Wales". Transport for Wales. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  13. ^ "What's Happening in North Wales | Transport for Wales". tfw.gov.wales. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  14. ^ "Transport for Wales rebrand gets underway on the Wrexham to Bidston line". deeside.com. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  15. ^ "What's Happening in South West and Mid Wales | Transport for Wales". tfw.gov.wales. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  16. ^ "What's Happening in the Borders | Transport for Wales". tfw.gov.wales. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  17. ^ "£4m promised for new railway station". BBC News. 2017-07-28. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  18. ^ "What's Happening in South East Wales | Transport for Wales". tfw.gov.wales. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  19. ^ "South Wales Metro | Transport for Wales". tfw.gov.wales. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ a b c d e f "AMs WB Overview Presentation vJP AM" (PDF). KeolisAmey Wales. KeolisAmey Wales. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  22. ^ a b "What's Happening in North Wales". Transport for Wales. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  23. ^ a b "Service Improvements" (PDF). Transport for Wales. Welsh Government. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  24. ^ "KeolisAmey reveal new-look Wales trains and services". BBC News. BBC. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2018.


Preceded by
Arriva Trains Wales
Operator of Wales & Borders franchise
2018 - 2033
Succeeded by
incumbent