- Wales and Borders
Infobox Rail companies
franchise=Wales and Borders
14 October 2001 – 7 December 2003
Wales and Borders was the name of a train operating company that operated between
14 October 2001and 7 December 2003. It was formed from part of the former Wales and Westfranchise (the remainder forming Wessex Trains) and the Cardiff Railway Company (which traded as Valley Lines), together with the lines from Shrewsburyto Pwllheliand Aberystwythformerly operated by Central Trains.
Like the Wales and West and Cardiff Railway Company franchises it replaced, it was part of the
National Express Group. It was based in Cardiff.
As a result of the re-organisation, the number of services between North and South Wales increased as did the number of services from stations west of Cardiff to Manchester via the Marches line. However this was at the expense of services to the South Coast of England (e.g Brighton and Portsmouth Harbour) since services to those destinations were transferred to
Wessex Trainswho use Cardiff as their western terminus in Wales.
2003the lines west of Crewe, through Chesterto Holyhead, Llandudnoand Blaenau Ffestiniogpreviously operated by First North Westernwere transferred to Wales and Borders. The company only ran the majority of trains in Wales and the Borders for about three months before the franchise ended.
In July 2003 the
Strategic Rail Authorityannounced that from 7 December 2003the franchise would be awarded for a 15 year period (subject to satisfactory reviews after 5 and 10 years) to Arriva Trains Wales.
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