Transport for Wales Rail Services
Transport for Wales Rail Services (Welsh: Gwasanaethau Rheilffyrdd Trafnidiaeth Cymru), is a Welsh train operating company operated by Keolis/Amey Wales Cymru Limited, which commenced operating the Wales & Borders franchise on 14 October 2018.
|Predecessor||Arriva Trains Wales|
|Website||www.tfwrail.wales (in English)|
www.keolisamey.cymru (parent company)
|Gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
- 1 History
- 2 Services
- 3 Planned improvements
- 4 Current fleet
- 5 Future fleet
- 6 Notes
- 7 References
- 8 External links
In October 2017, Arriva withdrew from the bidding process, followed in February 2018 by Abellio, after the collapse of its partner Carillion. In May 2018, the franchise was awarded to Keolis Amey Wales Cymru. It commenced on 14 October 2018 and runs for 15 years.
Typical TfW weekday off-peak service is as follows:
|North Wales Coast Line|
|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 (5tpd), Bodorgan (5tpd), Ty Croes (5tpd), Rhosneigr (5tpd), 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.
|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 158, 175|
|Crewe to Chester||1||Class 150|
|Chester to Liverpool Lime Street||1||Helsby, Frodsham, Runcorn, Liverpool South Parkway||Class 150, 158|
|South Wales - Manchester|
|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||Class 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|
|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
|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|
|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 an every-2-hours service alongside trains beginning further south
|Conwy Valley Line|
|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|
|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|
|Pembroke Dock to Swansea||0.5||Pembroke, Lamphey, Manorbier, Penally, Tenby, Saundersfoot, Kilgetty, Narberth, Whitland, Carmarthen, Pembrey & Burry Port, and Llanelli||Class 150, 153, 158,|
|Fishguard Harbour to Swansea||0.25||irregular service usually calling at Fishguard and Goodwick, Clarbeston Road, Clunderwen, Whitland, Carmarthen and Llanelli|
|Swansea to Cardiff Central||0.5||Llansamlet, Skewen, Neath, Briton Ferry, Baglan, Port Talbot Parkway, Pyle Bridgend, Pencoed and Pontyclun||Class 150, 153,|
|West Wales-Gloucestershire Line Via Cardiff Central|
|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 and Burry Port, Llanelli, Gowerton, Swansea, 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
|Ebbw Vale Line|
|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||Class 150, 153, 158, 175|
|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|
|Merthyr and Vale Lines|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|City & Coryton Lines|
|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, 153|
|Cardiff Bay to Cardiff Queen Street||5||Class 142, 143, 150, 153|
North Wales and North West England
- A new new hourly Liverpool Lime Street to Chester service was introduced in May 2019, with limited services extended to Wrexham General.
- Class 230 D-Trains are scheduled for introduction on services on the Borderlands, Conwy Valley and Crewe-Chester lines during 2019. The operator had indicated an introduction date of Summer 2019, but this has been pushed back awaiting delivery of the stock from manufacturer Vivarail.
- Twelve refurbished Mark 4 carriages for the Holyhead to Cardiff Central Premier Service by the end of 2019, to replace the Mark 3 carriages. The first Mark 4 units were released by LNER in July 2019 following the introduction of Azuma services and are likely to be released to Transport for Wales by the end of 2019.
- Increase Wrexham Central to Bidston services to 2tph by December 2021, as part of the North Wales Metro.
- Introduction of a new hourly Liverpool to Llandudno and Shrewsbury service, and a new two-hourly Liverpool to Cardiff Central service from December 2022.
- Introduction of a direct Manchester Airport to Bangor service from December 2022.
- Introduce the new fleet of Civity diesel multiple units (DMUs) to the North Wales Coast line and other North Wales routes during 2022.
- Invest in Shotton and Wrexham General stations from April 2024, and in Chester station by 2028.
- Invest to co-fund new station buildings at Blaenau Ffestiniog.
- Introduce new Community Rail Partnerships on the North Wales Coast Line and the Crewe to Hereford line.
- Refurbished Class 170 Turbostar two-car DMUs on services to West Wales, Ebbw Vale and Maesteg from 2019, and the Heart of Wales line from 2022, to replace Class 153 Super Sprinters.
- Open a new station at Bow Street in March 2020.
- An additional service every day on the Heart of Wales line from December 2022.
- A consistent 1 tph on the Cambrian line from Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth from December 2022.
- New Civity DMUs on the Cambrian line during 2022, to replace the Class 158 Express Sprinters.
- Introduce new two and three-car new diesel multiple units for the Milford Haven to Manchester Piccadilly service by 2023, to replace the Class 175 Coradias.
- A first-class service between Swansea and Manchester from December 2024.
- Additional summer Sunday services from May 2023 between Tywyn and Pwllheli – including a new 1 tph express service between major centres by 2025.
- Invest in Carmarthen and Machynlleth stations in 2021, and Llanelli station in 2025.
- Introduce a new Community Rail Partnership for the West Wales line.
South East Wales
- Ticket machines were introduced at all South Wales Metro stations in 2019.
- Class 769 Flex bi-mode multiple units (BMMUs) were delivered to Cardiff Canton Depot in Summer 2019, and are scheduled to run on the Valley Lines by the end of 2019.
- Replace all Class 142 and 143 Pacers by December 2019.
- 4tph between Cardiff Central and Bridgend (direct, Monday to Saturday) from December 2019.
- Introduce pay-as-you-go for users of smart cards by April 2020.
- Increasing capacity of trains on early morning services to Cardiff Central from 2-car services to 4-car services.
- A new 1 train per hour (tph) Ebbw Vale Town to Newport service from May 2021.
- 4tph between Treherbert, Merthyr Tydfil, Aberdare and Cardiff from December 2022, operated by Citylink tram-trains.
- 6tph between Cardiff Queen Street and Cardiff Bay from December 2022.
- Hourly Cheltenham Spa to Cardiff Central services from December 2022.
- Introduce new FLIRT diesel-electric multiple units (DEMUs) on the Ebbw Vale and Maesteg lines during 2022.
- Introduce new FLIRT tri-mode multiple units (TMMUs) between Penarth, Barry and Bridgend to Rhymney and Coryton during 2023.
- 2tph between Cardiff and Bridgend via the Vale of Glamorgan Line from December 2023.
- 4tph throughout on the Rhymney line from December 2023.
- Introduce Citylink tram-trains to the City Line during 2023.
- Eliminate diesel use on the Central Metro lines (north of Cardiff Queen Street) by 2024.
- Open new stations at Cardiff Parkway in February 2020, Crwys Road, Loudoun Square and Cardiff Bay by December 2023, Treforest Estate by December 2025, and Gabalfa by 2028.
- Invest in Merthyr Tydfil from April 2020, Abergavenny from April 2023, and Cardiff Central and Chepstow from April 2025.
- Develop a fleet maintenance depot at Taffs Well and a dedicated Infrastructure Management depot in the Valleys.
- Build a Major Events Stabling Line (MESL) and a new station in Llanwern.
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 which is still in use.
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 modifications, and entered service on 21 October 2019.
Later in October 2019, it was reported that a further-4-still 153s will transfer from West Midlands Trains to TfW.
Class 142/143 Pacers and Mark 3 setsEdit
As of April 2019, all of TfW Rail's Class 142 & 143 'Pacer' railbus DMUs, which were intended to be withdrawn and replaced by 2020 but may now continue as necessary (subject to PRM dispensation), 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 be withdrawn and replaced by 2020.
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, 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, carpets and table surfaces, as well as AC and USB power sockets).
In addition, the 150s/153s/158s are receiving PRM-TSI 2020 (Persons with Reduced Mobility - Technical Specifications for Interoperability) modifications including the fitment of toilet retention tanks (the 175s exceed the RVAR 1998 they were built to and are accepted without modification).
Class 37 and Mark II carriagesEdit
In June 2019, Transport for Wales started to hire Class 37-hauled Mark 2 sets to temporarily operate rush-hour services between Cardiff and Rhymney to help crowding, especially with many trains undergoing work, most importantly PRM-TSI 2020 modifications. As of October 2019, it was reported that these trains have now been granted dispensations to continue as necessary into 2020.
Class 170 TurbostarsEdit
In September 2019 Transport for Wales took delivery of the first 3 of 12 total British Rail Class 170 DMUs from Greater Anglia, with deliveries to resume in November. Driver training is scheduled for September and the rolling stock is expected to enter service in December 2019. Greater Anglia had delayed delivery of the units, which had been expected by TfW earlier, due to delays with the delivery and rollout of the new Stadler FLIRT Class 755 units on the East Anglia lines.
|Trainset||Class||Image||Type||Top Speed||Carriages||Number||Routes Operated||Built|
|Locomotive hauled stock|
|67||Loco||110||177||–||3||Premier Service: Holyhead–Cardiff Central
|37||Diesel loco||80||129||N/A||3||Valley Lines||1960–65|
|Diesel multiple units|
no class 170s are currently in service, entry into service planned for December 2019.
|Coradia||175/0 & 175/1||
||100||161||2||11||Regional services between North West England, North and South Wales||1999–2001|
Train maintenance depotsEdit
TfW Rail's current fleet is stored and maintained at the following depots.
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).
Cascades and refurbishmentsEdit
Nine Class 769 Flex bi-mode multiple units were due to be delivered by 2019, 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. This work has been delayed for a number of operators who wished to run the Flex DMUs, 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. As of October 2019, only 2 769s have been delivered, and those units have not left Cardiff Canton depot since. These units are now expected to enter service in 2020.
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. These will cascade as a result of the introduction of Intercity Express Programme units to LNER, in the form of the Azumas on the East Coast Mainline.
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. 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 indicates however that the units will also be delayed on the North Wales mainline (they were supposed to be introduced in 2019).
The addition of the 170s and 230s to TfW Rail's fleet 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 smaller quantity of 150s which already are. The additions of the 769s and significantly more 150s to that network's allocation were intended to allow the 30 (total) Class 142 & 143 Pacer railbus DMUs to be withdrawn by 2020, though this now may not happen (subject to the Pacers getting PRM dispensations) due to 230 and 769 delivery delays.
New rolling stock ordersEdit
For the longer term fleet replacement, 148 brand new trains have been ordered.
Also, a total of 35 Stadler Flirts have been ordered (consisting of 24 tri-modes and 11 diesel-electrics) along with 36 Stadler Citylink tram-trains. 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, 158, 175 and 769 units to be withdrawn.
The 170s will then work different routes, with the 230s and Mark 4 sets 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|
|Locomotive hauled stock|
|Mark 4||Coach||140||225||–||12||North to south inter-city service: Holyhead-Cardiff Central||1989–1992||December 2019|
|Diesel multiple units|
|Diesel-electric multiple units|
|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|
|TBC FLIRT||TMU||100||161||3||7||Services between Caerphilly/Coryton to Penarth||TBC||2023|
|4||17||Services between Rhymney to Barry Island/Bridgend via VoG|
|TBC Citylink||Tram-train||TBC||3||36||Services to Treherbert, Aberdare and Merthyr Tydfil||TBC||2022–23|
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