New Wales rail franchise - the timetable to 2024

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Image caption How the new trains will look

The new Wales rail franchise will be up and running in October, promising a "groundbreaking transformation of transport across the country".

But how quickly will things change?

Image caption Rebranding of the existing trains for now


  • New brand launch in October, a new app and website and start of refurbishment of diesel trains
  • All stations will be deep-cleaned


  • More capacity on Valley lines with additional refurbished trains
  • First new ticket machines at stations, and smart ticketing
  • Refurbished trains for the North Wales Metro, including extra seats and power sockets
  • Pacer trains completely phased out and 12 class 170 trains introduced
  • New train assembly starts at factory in Newport
  • New services between Liverpool and Chester and additional Sunday services between Wrexham and Bidston, expected in December 2018, are now scheduled for March
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Image caption How the main rail network looks


  • Start of new fare initiatives, including half price for 12 to 18-year-olds
  • Keolis UK moves UK headquarters to Wales, booking app for passengers who need assistance launched and 22 customer ambassadors will work across the network
  • New station will open at Bow Street in Aberystwyth in March
  • Pay-as-you-go scheme launched for South Wales Metro (rolling out further in 2021)
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Media captionWhat will the new train services in Wales be like where you live?

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  • South Wales Metro's new service from Ebbw Vale to Newport, involving 150 more seats in the morning peak (300 by the end of 2022)
  • First of the 148 new trains start being rolled out - on the Cambrian, Marches and North Wales lines, and the West Midlands corridor
  • Free wi-fi for trains and stations, promising "seamless" internet
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Image caption A map of how the South Wales Metro will look - and the numbers of trains per hour


  • Introduction of Metro vehicles. By May, four an hour will serve Aberdare and Merthyr followed by Treherbert by December
  • New station opens at Crwys Road in Cardiff
  • Seven extra services from Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth, 16 more Cardiff to Cheltenham and two on the Heart of Wales line
  • Passengers will be able to board on the same level as the train across Cardiff and the Valley lines
  • A new Liverpool to Cardiff service via Wrexham General and Shrewsbury
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Image caption A map of how the South Wales Metro will look - and the numbers of trains per hour


  • More Sunday services introduced
  • New tri-mode (diesel/battery/electric) trains to operate from Coryton, Rhymney to Barry Island and Penarth to Bridgend via Cardiff


  • Treherbert, Aberdare, Merthyr and Rhymney services increase to two per hour on Sundays
  • Metro services come to Cardiff City line. The Loudon Square and The Flourish stations open in Cardiff Bay, offering first on-street trams in Cardiff for 70 years
  • First class introduced on Swansea to Manchester service
  • A target of 100% by 2025 for secure station accreditation

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