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Transport for Wales – Statement from the Chair of the National Assembly’s Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee


Following this morning's evidence session with Transport for Wales, the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee has agreed to do further work exploring the disruption to rail services this Autumn.


The Committee heard this morning that at one point 36 units (9% of the Wales and Borders fleet) were removed from service causing trains to be cancelled across Wales.

Following the session, the Committee agreed to:

- Produce a report on autumn rail disruption;
- Write to previous franchise holders Arriva Trains Wales to get their views;
- Consider additional data from TfW arising from their ongoing investigations in to what went wrong.

The Committee had already invited the Cabinet Secretary for the Economy and Transport, Ken Skates AM, to give evidence on the transfer to the new franchise next week.

Committee Chair Russell George AM said:

"The disruption we have seen on the railways this Autumn is a cause of major concern. The Committee has agreed to beef up the work it had planned to do scrutinising the handover to a new rail franchise, to ensure lessons are learned from the problems that have bedevilled the early weeks of the Transport for Wales era."

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