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This contract is not included in the Emergency Measures Agreements which have applied in England and Scotland.

Transport for Wales Rail
Trafnidiaeth Cymru

This franchise replaced Arriva Trains Wales. The award was devolved to the Welsh Government, which has followed a ‘not for profit’ rail model.

A shortlist of four Operator and Development Partners was announced by the Welsh Government on 13 October 2016. They were Abellio Rail Cymru (Abellio in partnership with Carillion), Arriva Rail Wales/Rheilffyrdd Arriva Cymru Limited, KeolisAmey and MTR Corporation (Cymru) Ltd.

On 30 October 2017 it became known that Arriva Rail Wales/Rheilffyrdd Arriva Cymru Limited had withdrawn from the competition. Abellio also withdrew on 23 February 2018, following the failure of Carillion.

A public consultation has been held. The award was announced 23 May 2018, when KeolisAmey was named as preferred bidder.

Exceptionally, the contract runs from 4 June 2018, but responsibility for train services remained with Arriva until 14 October 2018.


The Welsh Government announced on 22 October that a new management structure was being agreed with KeolisAmey in response to falling revenue caused by the pandemic. Rail services will become the responsibility of a new publicly owned subsidiary of Transport for Wales in 2021, which includes a new partnership between Transport for Wales, Keolis and Amey.

start date
4 June 2018
end date
14 October 2033

owned by

legal title
Keolis Amey Operations / Gweithrediadau Keolis Amey Limited

service area
Regional and local services in Wales, with some routes extending to English stations.

Arriva Trains Wales


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