In October 2020, the Welsh Government announced that it would take the Transport for Wales (TfW) Rail franchise back into public ownership in order to provide the “most stable financial base to manage rail services as we emerge from the pandemic”. A new publicly-owned company Transport for Wales Rail Ltd was established to take over running of passenger services from 7 February 2021.
From May 2018 to February 2021, the franchise had been run by Keolis Amey Wales Cymru Ltd, a joint venture between Keolis, which is 70% owned by SNCF, the national state-owned rail operator in France, and Amey, a UK-based infrastructure support service provider owned by Ferrovial. The franchise, which includes most train services in Wales, is intended to run for fifteen years. Keolis also operates the Southeastern and Thameslink / Southern / Great Northern franchises in joint ventures with Go-Ahead Group.
• Do you use the Transport for Wales Rail service regularly?
• Do you want it to remain in public hands and become part of a re-unified national rail network run for people not profit?
• Then, why not start a campaign building up to the franchise end?
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Existing Campaigns / Groups:
• Public Consultation on the Wales and Borders rail franchise (deadline 26 August 2016)