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  • 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 ...

  • Stadler Citylink for Transport for Wales
    Metro Report International

    Cardiff Northwest Corridor tram-train report published


    UK: Proposals have been published for the development of a tram-train network to serve housing developments on the Northwest Corridor between Cardiff and Llantrisant. Commissioned from transport consultancy Cogitamus, a report making the case for the project was launched on June 10 by Mark Drakeford, Senedd ...

  • TfW Rail Mark IV coaches at Holyhead
    Rail Business UK

    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.

  • GCRE (1)
    Rail Business UK

    ‘Unique in Europe’ Welsh test centre to push technological boundaries


    UK: The Global Centre of Rail Excellence at Onllwyn in south Wales will be ‘unique in Europe’ when it opens in 2025, GCRE Chief Technology Officer Andy Doherty told the Railway Industry Association Innovation Conference on April 27.

  • 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 Cambrian Coast Class 158
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    Welsh hydrogen train study underway


    UK: A study has been launched to assess the viability of using hydrogen fuelled trains to replace diesel traction in Wales. The four-month study is being undertaken by Arup and fuel cell manufacturer Ballard Motive Solutions, with funding from the Welsh government’s Hydrogen Business Research & ...

  • Ebbw Vale Line investment - Llanhilleth station
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    Ebbw Vale upgrading gets underway


    UK: Preparatory work on the £70m modernisation and partial double-tracking of the Ebbw Vale line in south Wales has begun. The work will allow hourly passenger services between Ebbw Vale Town and Newport, complementing the existing service to and from Cardiff. New platforms will be built ...

  • gb-tfw-Mark 4s Holyhead
    Rail Business UK

    North Wales transport review to consider A55 corridor options


    UK: A North Wales Transport Commission has been formed to develop a pipeline of rail, road, bus and active travel schemes for the A55 corridor between Cheshire and Holyhead, the Welsh government has announced. A multimodal review of the corridor was recommended by the Welsh government’s ...

  • 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 ...

  • gb-tfw-Mark 4s Holyhead
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    North Wales electrification and WCML enhancements backed in Union Connectivity Review


    UK: Electrification of the coastal main line across north Wales between Crewe and Holyhead and further modernisation of the northern sections of the West Coast Main Line are among the key rail interventions recommended by Network Rail Chairman Sir Peter Hendy in his Union Connectivity Review, published on November 26.

  • 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 ...

  • Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council and Powys County Council have granted planning approval for a proposed rolling stock, infrastructure and technology testing facility to be built on a former open cast mine site.
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    Global Centre of Rail Excellence gets planning approval


    UK: Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council and Powys County Council have granted planning approval for a proposed rolling stock, infrastructure and technology testing facility to be built on a former open cast mine site. The Global Centre of Rail Excellence would ‘help create the next ...

  • 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 ...

  • Black Bridge working on bridge 19 May
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    Bridge raising project completed


    UK: A river bridge which has been subjected to 30 flood-related closures in the past decade has been raised by 1 m in a £3·6m six-week project undertaken by Network Rail and contractor AmcoGiffen. It was decided to lift the 80 tonne bridge over the River Dulas ...

  • 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.