We bid farewell to Arriva Trains Wales as their franchise ownership comes to an end this evening as Transport for Wales take over from the 14th October.
Arriva Trains Wales has operated the the railway in Wales and Borders for 15 years, and during that time, has had some major investments at stations
Arriva Trains Wales is now saying “Diolch” to all our customers, colleagues and stakeholders.
They have also said ‘Thank You’ to Network Rail who have helped deliver so many schemes over the past 15 years as well as the Welsh Government, the Department for Transport and others.
Funding for these projects have come from a host of areas, including the National Station Improvement Programme and Access for All as well as funding from the European Union, Welsh Government, Local Authorities and Arriva Trains Wales themselves.
Here at RailAdvent, we would like to thank Arriva Trains Wales for 15 years of services. We have used them a number of times and every time they have been brilliant.
Amongst the completed projects were:
- Major redesign of Newport, Swansea, Port Talbot and Bridgend
- New waiting rooms and toilets at Llanelli, Shrewsbury and Colwyn Bay completed this year alone
- Brand new toilets and waiting rooms on Platforms 1/2, 3/4 and 6/7 at Cardiff Central
- 13 stations fitted with new fully accessible footbridges or lifts
- New customer information screens at 168 stations meaning all stations on Wales and Borders route have customer information
- Since 2009 new shelters have been built in 45 stations
- Hundreds of new ticket machines, extra car park provision and cycle storage
- A new station at Fishguard and Goodwick, Energlyn and Churchill Park and Llanharan
- Reinstatement of the second platform at Gowerton
- As well as that £100 million of investment the 15 year franchise has also seen the reopening of the Ebbw Vale line in 2008 with eight new stations built and the reopening of the Vale of Glamorgan line to passenger services in 2005 with two new stations thanks to close work between UK and Welsh Governments, Network Rail and Arriva Trains Wales.
- Refurbishment of all Class 142, 150, 158 and 175 trains.
What did the officials say?
Managing Director Tom Joyner said:
“It’s easy to forget just how far we’ve come in just 15 years,”
“When you put it all together you can see just how much has been acheived across Wales and the Borders it really is phenomenal.
“These wonderful achievements are a result of so much hard work both internally and in partnership with the likes of Network Rail, Welsh Government and Department for Transport.
“They form part of our legacy and we can rightly feel proud to be handing over the franchise in a far better condition that the one we inherited in 2003.”
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