Wales railway business news

News about railway operations, infrastructure, suppliers and policy in Wales, from Rail Business UK

  • TfW Rail Tram Trains at Taffs Well depot 020524
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    Railway Engineering Degree Apprenticeship launched


    UK: A Railway Engineering Degree Apprenticeship has been launched by a partnership of the University of South Wales, the Welsh government, Coleg Y Cymoedd and Transport for Wales. The four-year programme includes work-based learning while studying part-time for a BSc (Hons) Railway Engineering (Electromechanical Systems & Electronics) ...

  • Two TfW 197s on a Llandudno Jn to Man Airport service 2023 TM01
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    Wales ready for rail reform


    UK: Speaking to the UK parliamentary Transport Select Committee on May 21, the Welsh Cabinet Secretary for North Wales & Transport, Ken Skates, set out his three requests from the Westminster government as part of the emerging reform programme to establish Great British Railways. Skates called ...

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    Interview: ‘Welsh rail services are improving rapidly’


    UK: Transport for Wales Rail’s Chief Operating Officer Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde is optimistic about progress being made in transforming passenger services across the country, despite the financial and operational headwinds facing the Welsh transport sector. 

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    Doopee Doo offers rewards to incentivise use of trains and local businesses


    UK: Doopee Doo is working with Transport for Wales to roll out a reward scheme which is designed to encourage people to explore by train and to incentivise support for local businesses. Passengers can visit selected destinations to received rewards through an app. Themed packages are ...

  • The Request to Stop device is to be trialled gin Wales, although it displayed times for the Harrogate line for demonstration purposes when it was on show at the RIA Innovation Conference.
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    Request to Stop button ready for trial at Welsh stations


    UK: Transport for Wales is to trial a prototype Request to Stop system incorporating train running information and a button which passengers arriving at station can push to alert the driver of the next train to the need to call at a request stop. This removes ...

  • Transport for Wales pay as you go card reader (Photo TfW)
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    Contactless PAYG launched in South Wales


    UK: Transport for Wales has launched a contactless card Pay-As-You-Go pilot project covering journeys between Cardiff Central, Newport and Pontyclun. The Ebbw Vale line will be covered next, and the scheme is to be expanded to 95 stations across South Wales during 2024. Passengers can tap ...

  • Llanhilleth station footbridge
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    Ebbw Vale line enhancement programme completed


    UK: Network Rail has completed a two-year project to upgrade the Ebbw Vale line to enable the operation of hourly direct trains to Newport from the December 10 timetable change; these will run in addition to the existing hourly service to Cardiff. The Ebbw Vale line ...

  • Ricardo and GCRE
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    Ricardo to advise GCRE on certification and approvals


    UK: Certification and engineering consultancy Ricardo is to work with the Global Centre of Rail Excellence to help define what the global rail sector requires from infrastructure and rolling stock test and research facilities. There will be a particular focus on how on-site approvals and certification ...

  • Magor & Undy station aerial view (Image TfW)
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    Five stations proposed in southeast Wales


    UK: Transport for Wales has begun public consultation on plans for five new stations between Cardiff Central and Severn Tunnel Junction. These would be at Cardiff East, Newport West, Somerton, Llanwern and Magor & Undy. Comments are also invited on train services between Cardiff, Bristol and ...

  • Dr Francis Cowe, USW, Matthew Tucker, Coleg y Cymoedd, Louise Pennell, USW
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    Railway engineering degree apprenticeship announced


    UK: The University of South Wales and Coleg y Cymoedd have announced a railway engineering degree apprenticeship programme. The four-year course will give apprentices the opportunity to gain a university-accredited engineering degree. The first course will start in January 2024, and it will then run annually ...

  • TfW interactive map
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    Signalbox develops Transport for Wales live train map


    UK: Transport for Wales Rail has worked with technology company Signalbox to develop a live digital map showing the location of all its trains, enabling passengers to view their journey in real time and see expected arrival times at each station. Signalbox currently uses live data ...

  • TfW Rail CAF Class 197 DMU
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    Train frequency focus in North Wales Transport Commission’s interim recommendations


    UK: The North Wales Transport Commission chaired by Lord Burns has published its interim recommendations for the development and delivery of an integrated multi-modal transport system in the region. For the rail sector, NWTC supports proposed improvements at Chester station to enable additional services to operate. ...

  • TfW Class 230
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    Welsh government seeks plan to improve Wrexham – Bidston line performance


    UK: Following a long period of disruption, the Welsh government’s Deputy Minister for Climate Change Lee Waters has asked Transport for Wales Rail to develop a plan to improve services on the Wrexham – Bidston Borderlands line. Earlier in the year, services had been suspended for ...

  • Briteyellow map of Cardiff Central
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    Augmented reality station maps designed to assist passengers


    UK: Indoor wayfinding company Briteyellow has created augmented reality maps of six of the largest stations served by Transport for Wales, to help passengers locate facilities such as information screens, lifts, toilets, help points and waiting rooms. It is hoped the AR maps can be used ...

  • GCRE site
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    Hitachi partnership to underpin GCRE’s net zero aim


    UK: The Global Centre of Rail Excellence has agreed a technology development partnership with Hitachi, and procured a Static Frequency Converter to support planned electrification of the railway test facility.

  • Transport for Wales Rail Class 230 battery-diesel hybrid multiple-unit.
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    Class 230s finally enter service with Transport for Wales


    UK: Transport for Wales has run its first Class 230 battery-diesel hybrid trainset in passenger service on the Wrexham – Bidston Borderlands Line. Tony Miles reports.

  • TfW Rail Class 175 DMU
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    Transport for Wales Class 175s face slow return to traffic


    UK: The return of Transport for Wales’ Class 175 DMU fleet to full service will be a slow process, according to Chief Operating Officer Jan Chaudhry van der Velde. Most of the fleet was taken out of service at the beginning of March after a series ...

  • TfW Flirt naming ceremony
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    Transport for Wales launches Class 231 Flirt DMUs


    UK: Transport for Wales officially launched its fleet of Stadler Flirt Class 231 diesel multiple-units into revenue service with a ceremony at Caerphilly on March 29, at which unit 231001 was named ‘Sultan’. Ordered from Stadler as part of a £800m fleet replacement programme, the 11 ...

  • TfW Class 398 tram-train delivered (Photo TfW)
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    South Wales Metro tram-train delivered as route blockade announced


    UK: The first of the Stadler Class 398 tram-trains for South Wales Metro services arrived at Transport for Wales’ Taff’s Well depot by road on the night of March 21. This follows several months of testing at Network Rail’s Rail Innovation & Development Centre at Melton ...

  • TfW Rail Class 175 DMU
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    TfW Rail scales back Class 175 DMU operation following ‘thermal events’


    UK: Following a series of underbody fires, TfW Rail has stood down a significant proportion of its Class 175 diesel multiple-unit fleet from March 2 until each set has undergone an intensive cleaning process. Chief Operations Officer Jan Chaudhry van der Velde and Engineering Director Ryan ...