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Transport for Wales Rail Services (Welsh: Gwasanaethau Rheilffyrdd Trafnidiaeth Cymru),[1][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
  • Gwasanaethau Rheilffyrdd 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 (in English)
www.trctrenau.cymru (in Welsh)
www.keolisamey.cymru (parent company)
Technical
Gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)

HistoryEdit

 
Passenger journeys on the Wales & Borders franchise from 2010-11 to 2018-19.[4]

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.[5][6]

In October 2017, Arriva withdrew from the bidding process, followed in February 2018 by Abellio, after the collapse of its partner Carillion.[7][8][9][10] In May 2018, the franchise was awarded to Keolis Amey Wales Cymru. It commenced on 14 October 2018 and runs for 15 years.[11]

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.[6]

ServicesEdit

Typical TfW weekday off-peak service is as follows:[12]

North Wales Coast Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
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.
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 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
Route tph Calling at Stock
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
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 an 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, 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
Swanline
Route tph Calling at Stock
Swansea to Cardiff Central 0.5 Llansamlet, Skewen, Neath, Briton Ferry, Baglan, Port Talbot Parkway, Pyle Bridgend, Pencoed and Pontyclun Class 150, 153,

158

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 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

150, 158
Ebbw Vale Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
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
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
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
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
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, 153
Butetown Branch
Route tph Calling at Stock
Cardiff Bay to Cardiff Queen Street 5 Class 142, 143, 150, 153

Planned improvementsEdit

There are plans to improve services between 2018 and 2033 as part of the new franchise:[13][14]

North Wales and North West England[15]

South West and Mid Wales and the Borders[18][19]

South East Wales[21]

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 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.

In October 2019, Porterbrook Leasing Company announced that they will lease further Class 153 units to TfW.[24] These are understood to be 5 153s which will transfer from Greater Anglia.

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),[24] 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.[24]

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.[25] 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
mph km/h
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
37[26]   Diesel loco 80 129 N/A 3 Valley Lines 1960–65
Mark 2   Carriage 100 161 8 1963–75
Diesel multiple units
Pacer 142   DMU 75 121 2 15 each
  • Valley Lines & Cardiff local routes
1985–87
143  
 
  • Valley Lines & Cardiff local routes
1985–86
Sprinter 150/2   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
Super Sprinter 153  
 
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
Express Sprinter 158/0  
 
90 140 2 24
  • Cambrian line
  • Regional services between South and North Wales, North West and South West England
1990–91
Turbostar 170/2   100 161 3

no class 170s are currently in service, entry into service planned for December 2019.

2002
3 2 1999
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.

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).[28]

Cascades and refurbishmentsEdit

Nine Class 769 Flex bi-mode multiple units were due to be delivered by 2019,[29] 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.[30] 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.[31] 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.[32] 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.[33][24]

New rolling stock ordersEdit

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.[34] These trains will have end gangways.

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.[35] 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
mph km/h
Locomotive hauled stock
Mark 4   Coach 140 225 12 North to south inter-city service: Holyhead-Cardiff Central[36] 1989–1992 December 2019
  DVT 3
Diesel multiple units
170/2 Turbostar[13]   DMU 100 161 2 1
  • Heart of Wales line (from 2022)
  • Regional services between South and West Wales
  • South Wales metro lines - Ebbw Vale/Maesteg (until 2022)[37]
  • Crewe-Shrewsbury local services (from 2022)
1999–2002 2019
3 6
TBC Civity[38]   2 51 TBC 2021–23
3 26
Diesel-electric multiple units
230 D-Train[39]   DEMU 60 97 3 5 TBC 2020
TBC FLIRT   100 161 4 11 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[14]
TBC FLIRT   TMU 100 161 3 7 Services between Caerphilly/Coryton to Penarth[37][40] TBC 2023
4 17 Services between Rhymney to Barry Island/Bridgend via VoG[37][40]
Tram-trains
TBC Citylink   Tram-train TBC 3 36 Services to Treherbert, Aberdare and Merthyr Tydfil[14] TBC 2022–23

NotesEdit

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

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External linksEdit

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