Call for final tenders on next Welsh rail franchise

Credit: Arriva Trains Wales.
Credit: Arriva Trains Wales.

The Welsh Government has confirmed that final tenders have been invited for the next Wales and Borders rail service.

The shortlisted parties of Abellio Rail Cymru, Arriva Rail Wales, KeolisAmey and MTR Corporation (Cymru) have until December 21 to submit their final tenders.

Rather than follow a traditional model of procurement whereby companies bid on a set specification, since January 2017 officials and bidders have been discussing a range of innovative solutions to find those which best meet the needs of people in Wales and the border regions.

Proposals for the South Wales Metro are being developed alongside the Wales and Borders service to aid development of an integrated transport system in the region.

Welsh economy secretary Ken Skates said: “From rolling stock to frequency of services, Metros, to profit thresholds, this final tender will provide the blueprint for what these four giants of the rail industry are bidding to provide Wales.

“Detailed discussions with all four of the shortlisted potential operators have only served to reinforce our optimism that the next service will see big improvements.”

Arriva Trains Wales has run the Wales and Borders franchise since 2003.

A decision on the next 15-year franchise is due to be made in early 2018.

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Electrification, traction power supplies and distribution networks

Peter Stanton undertook, between 1968 and 1972, a ‘thin sandwich’ degree course at City University, London, sponsored by British Railways Midlands Region and with practical training at Crewe and Willesden.

In 1980, following a spell as Area Maintenance Engineer at King’s Cross, Peter took on the interesting and challenging role of being the Personal Assistant to the British Railways Board Member for Engineering. As such, he was project manager for several major inter-regional inter-functional schemes.

Under Railtrack, Peter became Engineering Manager for Infrastructure Contracts, based in Birmingham, and then Electrification and Plant specialist for the West Coast Route Modernisation under Network Rail.

Since 2007, as an independent consultant, he has worked on the national electrification programme, Dubai Metro Red Line, Network Rail Crossrail, and Great Western Electrification. He sits on the Railway Technical Advisory panel of the IET and the Conference and Seminars Committee of the Railway Division of the IMechE.


  1. I think Abellio Rail Cymru (Wales), KeliosAmey or MTR Co are likely to win the franchise. Arriva are likely to lose the franchise in December 21st. Just before Christmas.


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