NEW RAIL OPERATOR PLEDGES SEVEN EXTRA TRAINS FROM ABER

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KeolisAmey will introduce new trains for long-distance journeys on the Wales and Borders rail network. Photo: KeolisAmey

THE reopening of Bow Street station will go ahead in 2020, extra trains will be laid on between Aberystwyth and Shrewsbury by 2022, and jobs will be protected in Machynlleth, the new operators of the Wales and Borders rail network have promised.

The Cambrian News reported “KeolisAmey, which was awarded the contract for the network by the Welsh Government last month, outlined its full plans today.

As part of a £1.9 billion investment the company has promised to proceed with a long-awaited plan to open a new train station at Bow Street by 2020 and, by 2022, the company has also pledged seven extra trains between Aberystwyth and Shrewsbury to meet demand.

The company said the changes and investment will lead to a “consistent one train per hour on the Cambrian Line from Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth”.

Money will be invested at Machynlleth station in 2021, the company has said, while it also said it would “retain local jobs at the depot in Machynlleth”­.

Across the Cambrian Line, Keolis­Amey said it will also “replace the entire fleet of class 158s with new diesel multiple units during 2022”, “providing extra seats on the busiest services.”

KeolisAmey, which will take over the franchise in October this year on a contract which runs until 2033, said it will “set about a series of improvements for what is a new era for passengers and for Wales with more services, newer trains, better stations and a more reliable networking”.

The company said that 600 jobs will be created across the networks under the plans, including 30 new apprenticeships to be created every year” here.

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