All Transport for Wales Rail articles

  • Welsh tri-mode multiple-unit on show in Berlin
    Rail Business UK

    Welsh tri-mode multiple-unit on show in Berlin


    INNOTRANS: One of the tri-mode Flirt UK multiple-units capable of operation on diesel, 25 kV 50 Hz electric and battery power which Stadler is supplying to Transport for Wales is on show at the InnoTrans trade fair, ahead of entry into service later this year. ...

  • Transport for Wales Stadler Citylink tram-train (19)
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    Cardiff Valleys Class 398 tram-train unveiled at InnoTrans


    INNOTRANS: One of the Citylink Class 398 electric-battery tram-trains which Stadler is building for South Wales Metro services on the branch lines around Cardiff has been unveiled at the InnoTrans trade fair in Berlin. Stadler’s Citylink is a family of modular light rail vehicles designed to ...

  • Cardiff Bay screenshot
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    Revised Cardiff Bay branch plans confirmed


    UK: Transport for Wales has confirmed revised plans for electrification of the Cardiff Bay branch as part of the the Core Valleys Lines upgrading programme. Plans for a short extension of the branch from the current terminus to The Flourish have been dropped. Instead the existing ...

  • TfW Rail Mark IV coaches at Holyhead
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    Train instead of plane as Welsh government ends Anglesey – Cardiff flights


    UK: Publicly-supported flights between Cardiff and Anglesey will not resume, the Welsh government has announced, with rail offering a viable alternative and the funding to be used to improve public transport in North Wales. The twice-daily flights operated by Eastern Airways under a Public Service Obligation ...

  • TfW GoMedia HEAR
    Rail Business UK

    Personalised announcements support passengers with hearing loss


    UK: Transport for Wales has tested Hearing Enhanced Audio Relay, which provides personalised announcements for passengers with hearing loss by using on-train wi-fi to send audible and readable journey announcements to smart devices.

  • Cardiff Parkway (Image: Wilkinson Eyre)
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    Cardiff Parkway station approved


    UK: Plans for the proposed Cardiff Parkway station have been approved by Cardiff Council. The four-platform station to the south of the St Mellons Business Park between Cardiff and Newport is being promoted by Cardiff Parkway Development, in conjunction with a 90 000 m2 business district. ...

  • TfW Class 769 at Cardiff Queen Street (Photo  TfW)
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    Local shops to sell local train tickets


    UK: Tickets for local rail journeys wholly within in the South Wales Metro area will be made available for purchase from 90 convenience shops from January 24. Transport for Wales says it is the first train operating company to offer ticket sales through Payzone’s instore devices, ...

  • Transport for Wales Stadler Flirt
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    First Flirts delivered to Wales


    UK: The first two of the 35 Flirt multiple-units which Stadler is supplying to Transport for Wales have been delivered to Cardiff Canton depot, ready for testing and commissioning ahead of entry into service next year. ‘The arrival of the first unit in Cardiff less than ...

  • Pullman Rail depot interior
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    Colas to sell Pullman Rail to Transport for Wales


    UK: Transport for Wales has signed an agreement to purchase Colas Rail’s Pullman Rail business, which provides rolling stock engineering services at Canton in Cardiff. TfW said it had reviewed its depot and stabling facilities, and concluded that the acquisition of Pullman would provide extra capacity ...

  • Transport for Wales Stadler Flirt trainset (5)
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    Transport for Wales Flirts on test in Switzerland


    UK: Testing has begun in Switzerland of the first of the Flirt multiple-units which Stadler is building for Transport for Wales, ahead of delivery for further testing on the Wales & Borders network and entry into passenger service from the end of 2022. Stadler is supplying ...

  • Swansea station
    Rail Business UK

    Welsh Affairs Committee calls for a Wales Rail Board, Swansea Bay Metro and electrification


    UK: Cardiff – Swansea electrification, a Swansea Bay Metro and the creation of a Wales Rail Board tasked with prioritising proposals for investment have been recommended by the House of Commons’ Welsh Affairs Committee. Published on July 14, the Railway Infrastructure in Wales report recommends the ...

  • TfW Rail  CAF Class 197 factory
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    Welsh rolling stock strategy evolves as three-phase post-pandemic recovery envisaged


    UK: TfW Rail has again revised its fleet strategy as it seeks to ensure passenger services can be improved despite the financial constraints caused by Covid-19, Managing Director Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde tells Rail Business UK.

  • gb-Swansea-Manchester Mk 4 DVT
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    Ex-Grand Central Mk IVs to operate Swansea – Manchester service


    UK: Transport for Wales has purchased a batch of 30 refurbished Mk IV inter-city carriages to operate its Swansea – Manchester route from December 2022, replacing the current Class 175 DMUs.

  • Taff's Well depot
    In depth

    UK: Transforming Transport for Wales


    Transport for Wales is pushing ahead with its ambitious strategy to refresh the country’s rail services, despite the ending of a long-term operating contract as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Tony Miles investigates.

  • Jan Chaudhry_van der Velde TM
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    Challenges ahead as Chaudhry-van der Velde becomes TfW Rail Managing Director


    UK: Transport for Wales has confirmed the appointment of Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde as the next Managing Director of TfW Rail. The new Managing Director has a number of challenges ahead, including completing the process of moving TfW Rail into full Welsh Government control and dealing ...

  • Trains began calling at the new Bow Street station near Aberystwyth on February 14, without ceremony because of travel restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic.
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    Lockdown opening for Bow Street station


    UK: Trains began calling at the new Bow Street station near Aberystwyth on February 14, without ceremony because of travel restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. The station was funded by the Welsh Government and the Department for Transport’s New Stations Fund, having intially been identified in ...

  • CAF Class 197 TfW Set
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    Wales & Borders rail franchise taken into public ownership


    UK: The Welsh Government took Wales & Borders passenger services into public ownership on February 7, insisting that the move which had been announced in October would provide longer-term financial stability to ‘protect services, safeguard jobs and deliver infrastructure improvements in light of the ongoing challenges of coronavirus.’

  • gb Transport for Wales Class 170 DMU
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    Welsh Government backs plans for southeast Wales rail enhancements


    UK: The Welsh Government has endorsed the recommendations of the South East Wales Transport Commission, which published a report in November proposing a ‘comprehensive and co-ordinated’ programme of rail enhancements, rapid bus routes and active travel measures to reduce congestion on the M4 motorway without building ...

  • gb TfW social distaince label
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    Transport for Wales to reintroduce lockdown timetable


    UK: Transport for Wales is to reintroduce a reduced timetable from January 25, following the latest imposition of tighter restrictions on travel during the coronavirus pandemic. TfW said the aim was to balance the safety of people who do need to travel, the safety of staff and ...

  • The House of Commons Welsh Affairs Committee has opened an inquiry into railway infrastructure in Wales
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    Inquiry considers railway infrastructure in Wales


    UK: The House of Commons Welsh Affairs Committee has opened an inquiry into railway infrastructure in Wales, inviting written evidence by February 26 regarding: where does responsibility lie for rail infrastructure in Wales? how effectively do the UK and Welsh governments co-operate with one another in ...