Transport for Wales Rail Services

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Keolis Amey Operations (Welsh: Gweithrediadau Keolis Amey)[3], trading as Transport for Wales Rail Services (TfW Rail Services) is a Welsh train operating company owned by Keolis (60%) and Amey (40%) that operates the Wales and Borders franchise.

  • Transport for Wales
  • Trafnidiaeth Cymru
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Overview
Franchise(s)
Main region(s)Wales
Other region(s)
Stations operated247[2]
Parent company
Reporting markAW[1]
PredecessorArriva Trains Wales
Technical
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Other
Website

The government body Transport for Wales (commercially separate from the train operating company) awarded the contract for the Wales and Borders franchise to Keolis Amey in 2018 which commenced rail operations on 14 October 2018.[4] Keolis Amey uses the brand names Transport for Wales and TfW Rail (Welsh: Trafnidiaeth Cymru[5] and TrC Trenau),[6] which are owned by the Welsh Government, for day-to-day operations.

HistoryEdit

 
Passenger journeys on the Wales & Borders franchise from 2010–11 to 2018–19.[7]

In October 2016 four bids were shortlisted for the next Wales & Borders franchise: Abellio, the incumbent operator Arriva, a Keolis/Amey joint venture, and MTR Corporation.[8][9]

In October 2017, Arriva withdrew from the bidding process, followed in February 2018 by Abellio, after the collapse of its partner Carillion.[10][11][12][13] In May 2018, the franchise was awarded to Keolis Amey Wales Cymru. It commenced on 14 October 2018 and runs for 15 years.[14]

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.[9]

As of January 2020 Keolis Amey has been fined £2.3 million by the Welsh government for poor performance of rail services.[15] The company is also expected to be criticised by the Welsh Language Commissioner later in 2020 for reportedly breaking legislation on Welsh language provision six times since taking over the franchise in 2018.[16] TfW Rail told the BBC that it did not believe any rules had been broken.[16] Complaints included that Welsh was given lesser treatment on self-service machines, websites, and on the mobile app, that correspondence was not issued fully in Welsh, that train tickets were printed only in English, and that station and train announcements were not always made bilingually.[16]

ServicesEdit

Typical TfW weekday off-peak service is as follows:[17]

North Wales Coast Line
Route tph Calling at Class
Cardiff Central to Holyhead 8tpd Newport, Cwmbran, Pontypool & New Inn, Abergavenny, Hereford, Leominster (3tpd), Ludlow (7tpd), Craven Arms (7tpd), Church Stretton (7tpd), Shrewsbury, Gobowen (7tpd), Chirk (7tpd), Ruabon (7tpd), Wrexham General, Chester, Shotton (4tpd), Flint, Prestatyn (7tpd), Rhyl, Abergele & Pensarn (3tpd), Colwyn Bay, Llandudno Junction, Conwy (3tpd), Penmaenmawr (3tpd), Llanfairfechan (3tpd) Bangor (7tpd), Llanfairpwll (7tpd), Bodorgan (5tpd), Ty Croes (5tpd), Rhosneigr (5tpd) and Valley (5tpd)
0534 from Holyhead and 1716 from Cardiff Central is Premier Service which calls at fewer stops and has 1st class accommodation available with meals included.
Only 7 tpd terminate in Holyhead as one turns off at Llandudno Junction and terminates at Llandudno, calling at Deganwy en route.
175
Cardiff Central to Holyhead (Premier Service) 1tpd Newport, Cwmbran (Holyhead-bound only), Pontypool (Holyhead-bound only), Abergavenny (Holyhead-bound only), Hereford, Ludlow (Cardiff-bound only), Shrewsbury, Wrexham General, Chester, Flint, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay, Llandudno Junction and Bangor 67
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 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.
158, 175
Crewe to Chester 1 shuttle 150, 158
Chester to Liverpool Lime Street 1 Helsby, Frodsham, Runcorn, Liverpool South Parkway
South Wales – Manchester
Route tph Calling at Class
Milford Haven to Manchester Piccadilly 0.5 Johnston, Haverfordwest, Clarbeston Road, Clunderwen, Whitland, Carmarthen, Pembrey & Burry Port, Llanelli, Gowerton, Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot Parkway, Bridgend, Cardiff Central, Newport, Cwmbran, Abergavenny, Hereford, Leominster, Ludlow, Shrewsbury, Crewe, Wilmslow, Stockport 175
Carmarthen to Manchester Piccadilly 0.5 Ferryside, Kidwelly, Pembury & Burry Port, Llanelli, Gowerton, Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot Parkway, Bridgend, Pencoed, Llanharan, Pontyclun, Cardiff Central, Newport, Cwmbran, Abergavenny, Hereford, Leominster, Ludlow, Craven Arms, Church Stretton, Shrewsbury, Whitchurch, Nantwich, Crewe, Wilmslow, Stockport
Fishguard Harbour to Manchester Piccadilly 1tpd Fishguard and Goodwick, Clarbeston Road, Whitland, Carmarthen, Pembury & Burry Port, Llanelli, Gowerton, Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot Parkway, Bridgend, Pencoed, Llanharan, Pontyclun, Cardiff Central, Newport, Cwmbran, Abergavenny, Hereford, Leominister, Ludlow, Craven Arms, Church Stretton, Shrewsbury, Whitchurch, Nantwich, Crewe, Wilmslow, Stockport 150
Cambrian Line
Route tph Calling at Class
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
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 Class
Carmarthen to Llandovery 1 Gowerton, Llanelli, Bynea, Llangennech, Pontarddulais, Pantyffynnon, Ammanford, Llandybie, Ffairfach, Llandeilo, Llangadog and Llanwrda 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 an every-2-hours service alongside trains beginning further south
Conwy Valley Line
Route tpd Calling at Class
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 150
Borderlands Line
Route tph Calling at Class
Wrexham Central to Bidston 1 Wrexham General, Gwersyllt, Cefn-y-Bedd, Caergwrle, Hope, Penyffordd, Buckley, Hawarden, Shotton, Hawarden Bridge, Neston, Heswall and Upton 150
West Wales Locals
Route tph Calling at Class
Pembroke Dock to Swansea 0.5 Pembroke, Lamphey, Manorbier, Penally, Tenby, Saundersfoot, Kilgetty, Narberth, Whitland, Carmarthen, Pembrey & Burry Port, and Llanelli 150, 153, 158
Fishguard Harbour to Swansea 0.25 irregular service usually calling at Fishguard and Goodwick, Clarbeston Road, Whitland and Llanelli
Swanline
Route tph Calling at Class
Swansea to Cardiff Central 0.5 Llansamlet, Skewen, Neath, Briton Ferry, Baglan, Port Talbot Parkway, Pyle, Bridgend, Pencoed and Pontyclun 150, 153, 158
West Wales-Gloucestershire Line
Route tph Calling at Class
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
150, 153, 158, 170, 175
Fishguard Harbour to Gloucester 4tpd Fishguard and Goodwick, Clarbeston Road, Clunderwen, Whitland, Carmarthen, Ferryside, Kidwelly, Pembrey and Burry Port, Llanelli, Gowerton, Swansea railway station, Neath, Port Talbot Parkway, Bridgend, Pencoed, Llanharan, Pontyclun, Cardiff Central, Newport, Severn Tunnel Junction, Caldicot, Chepstow and Lydney

Some trains terminate at Cardiff Central, rather than Gloucester

150, 158
Ebbw Valley Railway
Route tph Calling at Class
Bridgend/Cardiff Central to Ebbw Vale Town 1 Pencoed, Pontyclun, Cardiff Central, Pye Corner, Rogerstone, Risca & Pontymister, Cross Keys, Newbridge, Llanhilleth and Ebbw Vale Parkway 150, 153, 158, 170, 175
Rhymney Line
Route tph Calling at Class
Penarth/Cardiff Central to Bargoed/Rhymney 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, Gilfach Fargoed (1tph), Bargoed, Brithdir (1tph), Tir-Phil (1tph) and Pontlottyn (1tph) 142, 143, 150
Merthyr & Vale of Glamorgan Lines
Route tph Calling at Class
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 142, 143, 150
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 Class
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 142, 143, 150
City & Coryton Lines
Route tph Calling at Class
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 142, 143, 153
Butetown Branch Line
Route tph Calling at Class
Cardiff Bay to Cardiff Queen Street 5 shuttle 142, 143, 150, 153

Planned improvementsEdit

There are plans to improve services between 2018 and 2033 as part of the new franchise:[18][19]

North Wales and North West England[20]

South West and Mid Wales and the Borders[23][24]

South East Wales[19]

Current fleetEdit

 
Class 143 at Cardiff Central with "These trains will terminate soon" branding in 2019

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, which had been refurbished starting from 2011 and had been fitted with WiFi in 2017. It has since acquired some Class 170 units (from September 2019 to February 2020) and more Class 153 units (in April 2019 and December 2019 to January 2020) from some English operators to work alongside and with the ex-ATW fleet, to add capacity and support new services.

Class 153 Super SprintersEdit

In April 2019 TfW Rail added 5 153s acquired from Great Western Railway to the 8 it previously had. Four of these entered service the following month, and the fifth returned from works on 5 October 2019 as the first 153 on the whole GB rail network with PRM (Persons with Reduced Mobility) modifications, and entered service on 21 October 2019.

In October 2019, Porterbrook Leasing Company announced that they will lease a further 9 Class 153 units to TfW for use on a short term basis.[28] These comprise 5 153s from Greater Anglia which were delivered in December 2019 and started to enter service in January 2020, and 4 153s from East Midlands Railway which were delivered in January 2020 and started to enter service in February 2020.

Class 170 TurbostarsEdit

In September 2019 Transport for Wales took delivery of the first 3 of 12 total Class 170 Turbostar DMUs from Greater Anglia, with 3 more of the units following in November 2019, a further 4 in December 2019 and the last two in January and February 2020 respectively.[29] Driver training had taken place from September 2019, and in April 2020, the last unit to enter service (3-car 170206) finally did so.

On 12 December 2019, 3-car 170202 worked TfW Rail's first Class 170 passenger services (between Bridgend and Ebbw Vale Town via Cardiff Central), and five units (three 3-car and two 2-car) were in passenger service on 16 December 2019. The units had been refurbished under Greater Anglia and are initially being used by TfW Rail cosmetically unchanged (other than the different operator logos), but as they will be retained for the duration of the franchise, it is planned that they will later receive further refurbishment to TfW Rail specification.

As of April 2019, all of TfW Rail's Class 142 and 143 Pacer DMUs, which were intended to be withdrawn and replaced by the 1 January 2020 PRM deadline but will now continue in service until July 2020 under dispensation from law,[28][30] 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 had Transport for Wales logos applied to the ex-Arriva Trains Wales livery. They were withdrawn in March 2020.[31][32]

Class 150, 153, 158 and 175 DMUsEdit

The rest of TfW Rail's rolling stock (the Class 150, 153, 158 and 175 DMUs), which will be withdrawn and replaced by 2023 (except the 9 "shorter-term" 153s which will be withdrawn by the end of 2020), is in the process of undergoing several changes. These include the application of Transport for Wales livery, and TfW Rail specification interior refurbishment (including new seat moquette, floor coverings and table surfaces, as well as AC and USB power sockets).[citation needed]

In addition, the 150s/153s/158s staying until 2022–23 are receiving PRM-TSI 2020 (Persons with Reduced Mobility – Technical Specifications for Interoperability) modifications (the 175s exceed the RVAR 1998 they were built to and are accepted without modification).

Fleet summaryEdit

Trainset Class Image Type Top Speed Carriages Number Routes Operated Built
mph km/h
Locomotive hauled stock
Premier Service 67   Loco 110 177 3
  • Currently on test with the Mark 4 carriages
1999–2000
Diesel multiple units
Pacer 142   DMU 75 121 2 15
  • Valley Lines & Cardiff local routes (plus 3 spare parts units)
1985–87
143  
  • Valley Lines & Cardiff local routes
1985–86
 
Sprinter 150/2   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   1 22 1987–88
 
158/0 Express Sprinter   90 140 2 24
  • Cambrian line
  • Regional services between South and North Wales, North West and South West England
1990–91
Bombardier/ADtranz Turbostar 170/2   100 161 2 4
  • Maesteg Line
  • Ebbw Valley Railway
  • South Wales Main Line[33]
2002
3 8 1999
 

 

Alstom Coradia 175/0 & 175/1   100 161 2 11 Regional services between North West England, North and South Wales 1999–2001
3 16
 

 

Train maintenance depotsEdit

TfW Rail's current fleet is stored and maintained at the following depots.

Due to space limitations, Chrysalis Rail currently allows TfW Rail to store any unallocated units or carriages at its Landore TMD in Swansea, even if they are not being worked on. This arrangement has been in place since late 2019.[citation needed]

Past fleetEdit

Train types formerly operated by Transport for Wales Rail Services include:

Class 37-hauled Mark 2 setsEdit

From June 2019 to March 2020, TfW Rail hired two Class 37-hauled Mark 2 sets to temporarily operate rush-hour services between Cardiff and Rhymney to add capacity. From January 2020 they were operating under PRM non-compliance dispensation, but were withdrawn in March due to decreasing reliability and replaced with trains formed of multiple Class 153 railcars coupled together, with many more of those now in the fleet.[28]

Mark 3 setsEdit

In July 2020, all of TfW Rail's Mark 3 stock went off lease and into storage at Long Marston. [34][35]

Class Image Type Top Speed Number Routes Operated Withdrawn Built
mph km/h
Locomotive hauled stock
37   Loco 80 129 3 Rhymney Line March 2020 1960–65
Mark 2   Coach 100 161 10 1963–75
Mark 3   110 177 12
  • Holyhead–Cardiff Central
  • Holyhead (Llandudno)–Manchester Piccadilly
July 2020 1975–88
Driving Van Trailer   Control car 3 1988

Future fleetEdit

 
Former Class 319 Cheriton (unit 319008), destined to be a British Rail Class 769 at Cardiff Canton Depot. Awaiting final modifications before entering service with Transport for Wales Rail Services

All of TfW Rail's ATW-inherited and extra temporary fleet is due to be replaced by 2023 (with the exception of the Class 67 locomotives).[36]

Cascades and refurbishmentsEdit

Class 769 Flex unitsEdit

Nine Class 769 Flex bi-mode multiple units were due to be delivered by 2019,[37] following conversion 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.[38] This work has been delayed for a number of operators who wished to run the Flex units, including Great Western Railway and Northern. The expected delivery date of May was not achieved, and in July 2019 TfW confirmed that regulatory issues with the units were preventing their introduction.[39] As of 16 March 2020, only 4 769s have been delivered, though test runs on the Rhymney Line commenced on the same day. These units are currently expected to enter service sometime in 2020.

Class 67-hauled Mark 4 setsEdit

In addition, at least three Class 67 locomotives have been adapted to work with 12 (4 carriage per trainset) Mark 4 carriages and 3 (1 per trainset) Mark 4 DVTs from London North Eastern Railway, which will replace the Mark 3 stock currently used on locomotive-hauled services. These were able to cascade as a result of the introduction of Class 800s on the East Coast Main Line. Testing and training of these sets commenced on 28 January 2020, and they are expected to enter service by mid-2020. The Mark 4 Coaches will retain the Virgin Trains East Coast livery, but with Transport for Wales labels attached. The Mark 4 Driving Van Trailers will be repainted into the New Transport for Wales livery. The Class 67 locomotives selected have been repainted into TfW livery.

Class 230 D-TrainsEdit

 
TfW Class 230 on test prior to delivery

The first "new" trains will also join the fleet during 2020 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.[40] The first Class 230 units were delivered to London Northwestern Railway in April 2019, on the Marston Vale Line. The five-month delay for introduction of these services indicated however that the units will also be delayed on the North Wales mainline (they were supposed to be introduced in 2019). On 9 September 2019, a test unit that was reconfigured to the same configuration as the TfW Rail units commenced test runs in the manufacturer's area, and on 10 April 2020, 230006 was the first TfW Rail unit to undergo testing there. The units are currently expected to enter service sometime in 2020.

New rolling stock ordersEdit

For the longer term fleet replacement, 148 brand new trains have been ordered.

Class 197 CivitysEdit

A total of 77 Class 197 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.[41] These trains will have end gangways. The first Class 197 Driving Motor carriage vehicle bodyshell was assembled, welded and painted in Spain by 12 February 2020; the bodyshells will be shipped to Newport for fitment of all components.

Class 756/231 FLIRTs and Class 398 CitylinksEdit

Also, a total of 35 Stadler FLIRT units have been ordered (consisting of 24 Class 756 tri-modes and 11 Class 231 diesel-electrics) along with 36 Class 398 Stadler Citylink tram-trains.[42] These will be manufactured at the Stadler factory in Szolnok, Hungary and assembled at their plant in Bussnang, Switzerland. The addition of these trains to the fleet, from 2021–24 but mostly in 2022–23, will allow the 109 (total) Class 150, 153 (13 by then), 158, 175 and 769 units to be withdrawn.

Alongside the brand new fleet, the 170s will be retained for the duration of the franchise but will work different routes (including, but not limited to, West Wales services), with the Mark 4 sets also being retained and remaining on the routes it will work from their date of introduction on TfW Rail services. The 230s will however, move off the Conwy Valley Line services to give the doubled frequency on the Borderlands Line once the Class 197s enter service.

Fleet SummaryEdit

Trainset Class Image Type Top Speed Carriages Number Routes Operated Built In Service
mph km/h
Locomotive hauled stock
InterCity 225 Mark 4   Coach 140 225 12 North to south inter-city service: Holyhead-Cardiff Central[43] 1989–1992 2020
Driving Van Trailer   Control car 3
Diesel multiple units
CAF Civity 197[44] DMU 100 161 2 51 From 2020 to TBC 2021–23
3 26
 

 

Diesel-electric multiple units
Vivarail D-Train 230[45]   DEMU 60 97 3 5 2019–20 2020
 
Stadler FLIRT 231 100 161 4 11 2021–22 2022
 
Bi-mode multiple units
769/0 & 769/4 Flex   BMU 100 161 4 9 Valley Lines 2017–19 2020[nb 1]
 
Tri-mode multiple units[19]
Stadler FLIRT 756 TMU 100 161 3 7 Services between Caerphilly/Coryton to Penarth[46][47] TBC 2023
4 17 Services between Rhymney to Barry Island/Bridgend via VoG[46][47]
 

 

Tram-trains
Stadler Citylink 398 Tram-train TBC 3 36 Services to Treherbert, Aberdare and Merthyr Tydfil[19] TBC 2022–23

DepotsEdit

Transport for Wales' fleet are stabled at three depots.

NotesEdit

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

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