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24.06.19

Chief Executive of TfW James Price hails transformation of Welsh railways

By Ewan Quayle, Rail Technology Magazine Reporter

The Chief Executive of Transport for Wales, James Price, has hailed new plans for the transformation of Welsh Railways as a “significant milestone”.

Speaking to Rail Technology Magazine in our next edition, he outlined TfW’s ambitions for the future of the region.

He said: “Since the start of our 15-year contract in October 2018, we have begun the process of transforming the service that our customers receive, in line with our vision of a high quality, safe, integrated, affordable and accessible transport network which the people of Wales are proud of.

“We are investing £5bn to transform the transport sector throughout the Wales and Borders network. This will include a huge uplift in the number of services on the network, with 285 more services every weekday by December 2023.”

READ MORE: Transforming the Welsh railway

READ MORE: £50m plans for transport projects to support South Wales metro unveiled

Mr Price also revealed his future hopes for the South Wales Metro, and his aim to overhaul transport networks and create significant investment in the region.

He added: “We are investing £738m in enhancing the infrastructure of the Cardiff Valley Lines, electrifying 172km of track and introducing innovative new tram-trains and tri-mode trains with level boarding and an enhanced customer experience.

“This new fleet will enable a high frequency turn-up-and-go service, with four trains per hour to the heads of the valleys, and will also ensure there are no diesel trains operating north of Cardiff by the end of 2023.”

To read the whole interview, look out for the June/July edition of RTM.

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