Wales and Borders
|Franchise(s)||Wales & Borders|
14 October 2001 - 6 December 2003
|Main region(s)||South Wales, Mid Wales|
|Other region(s)||West Country|
|National Rail abbreviation||WB|
|Parent company||National Express|
In October 1996 the Valley Lines franchise commenced operating services around Cardiff and the South Wales Valleys. In March 2000 the Strategic Rail Authority decided to re-organise the Valley Lines and Wales & West franchises, both being operated by National Express.
Valley Lines became Wales & Borders from October 2001 combining its services with most of Wales & West's Welsh services and the Cambrian Line services from Central Trains. In September 2003 Wales & Borders took over the North Wales Coast Line services from First North Western.
Wales & Borders operated passenger services in Wales and the West Country as seen in their route map. It also operated services to Liverpool Lime Street, Manchester Piccadilly, Birmingham International, Penzance and London Waterloo.
On 28 September 2003 the services from Birmingham New Street, Crewe and Manchester Piccadilly to Llandudno and Holyhead as well as those between Bidston and Wrexham Central and Llandudno and Blaenau Ffestiniog operated by First North Western were also transferred.
Wales & Borders inherited a fleet of Class 142, Class 143 and Class 150s from Valley Lines and Class 158s from Wales & West and Central Trains. From First North Western it inherited Class 153 and Class 175s.
Wales & Borders also used Mark 2 carriages on Rhymney Line and Fishguard Harbour services hauled by English Welsh & Scottish EWS Class 37s and Mark 2 carriages hauled by English Welsh & Scottish Class 47s on North Wales Coast Line services.
Wales & Borders's fleet was maintained at Cardiff Canton depot.
- Companies House extract company no 3007927 Cardiff Railway Company Limited
- "Wayback Machine" (PDF). 14 June 2003.
- Wales & Borders Trains - more than just a new name for Wales & West in Wales Wales & Borders introduction
- The Wales and Borders Franchise House of Commons Select Committee on Welsh Affairs Third Report 17 March 2004
- "Martin Loader's Railway Photography - Class 37". www.hondawanderer.com.
- class 47's on First North Western Sulzer Power
- SRA Announces Preferred Bidder for New Integrated Wales Franchise Strategic Rail Authority Press Release 1 August 2003
- Arriva selected to operate the news Wales and borders franchise Arriva Press Release 1 August 2003
First North Western
North Western Trains franchise
| Operator of Wales & Borders franchise
Arriva Trains Wales
Wales & Borders franchise
Valley Lines franchise
Wales & West
Wales & West franchise