New Wales rail franchise – £5bn investment planned

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  • #149542

    Nen
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    It’s about time – the Arriva trains are looking a bit tired

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-44221184

    #149544

    Nen
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    “There is £5bn earmarked over the next 15 years for the Metro, to improve public transport across the south Wales region and includes taking over control from Network Rail and upgrading the Valleys lines.”

    #149633
    dagg
    dagg
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    “There is £5bn earmarked over the next 15 years for the Metro, to improve public transport across the south Wales region and includes taking over control from Network Rail and upgrading the Valleys lines.”

    What nothing for North Wales.

    #149635

    Chrischevy
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    So they’ll try and spend it all on a Cardiff to Cardiff loop, with only one stop.

    #149642

    zinger
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    What nothing for North Wales.[/quote]

    Well that’s a surprise.

    #149644

    Nen
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    “There is £5bn earmarked over the next 15 years for the Metro, to improve public transport across the south Wales region and includes taking over control from Network Rail and upgrading the Valleys lines.”

    What nothing for North Wales.

    Not directly, no. The South Wales network is higher priority at the moment as the article explains:

    “Complaints about overcrowding, particularly on the Valleys lines, and the decades old rolling stock”

    But I have read elsewhere that when the South Wales Metro get their new state of the art trains, some of their existing fleet could be repurposed and used up here.

    #149648

    Matt
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    “There is £5bn earmarked over the next 15 years for the Metro, to improve public transport across the south Wales region and includes taking over control from Network Rail and upgrading the Valleys lines.”

    What nothing for North Wales.

    Not directly, no. The South Wales network is higher priority at the moment as the article explains:

    “Complaints about overcrowding, particularly on the Valleys lines, and the decades old rolling stock”

    But I have read elsewhere that when the South Wales Metro get their new state of the art trains, some of their existing fleet could be repurposed and used up here.

    Second class North Wales not considered a priority as always. Oh but don’t worry we might get promised some hand-me-downs.

    Surely when awarding the franchise they should have considered a bid that actually took a holistic Wales view & had provisions for improving links between North-South and also the proposed North Wales Metro system.

    #149649

    Nen
    Participant

    “There is £5bn earmarked over the next 15 years for the Metro, to improve public transport across the south Wales region and includes taking over control from Network Rail and upgrading the Valleys lines.”

    What nothing for North Wales.

    Not directly, no. The South Wales network is higher priority at the moment as the article explains:

    “Complaints about overcrowding, particularly on the Valleys lines, and the decades old rolling stock”

    But I have read elsewhere that when the South Wales Metro get their new state of the art trains, some of their existing fleet could be repurposed and used up here.

    Second class North Wales not considered a priority as always. Oh but don’t worry we might get promised some hand-me-downs.

    Surely when awarding the franchise they should have considered a bid that actually took a holistic Wales view & had provisions for improving links between North-South and also the proposed North Wales Metro system.

    The decision makers for awarding the new franchise probably have little need to travel up to or around North Wales so that wouldn’t have been a big selling point for the bidders.

    #149674

    Chrischevy
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    They’ve already blown their North Wales rail budget on the little Snowdon station, some years back.

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