Transport for Wales (TfW) has signed an agreement with Colas Rail UK for the purchase of Pullman Rail.
TfW, which was set up by the Welsh government as a not-for-profit organisation to implement its vision for an integrated transport network, has been carrying out a review of its depots and stabling options. The list includes its largest depot in Cardiff, which the bulk of TfW’s trains are serviced, cleaned and maintained.
Pullman, a specialist engineering services provider for rail vehicles, also operates from this depot. The acquisition by TfW aims to benefit both parties by deepening an already close working relationship.
As a result of the Pullman purchase, the depot will have the necessary capacity and resilience to support the arrival of TfW’s Metro scheme as well as new trains for the Wales and Borders network.
“High performing and enterprising, Pullman reflect many of TfW’s own values. Pullman has been operating in the UK for more than 25 years, delivering high quality products and services. This technical expertise, quality workmanship and innovation are integral to the UK rail industry, ensuring legacy fleet can be maintained.
“TfW are proud to be aligned with this strong heritage and of the opportunities this partnership will present for the growth of both organisations in the future, in improving rail services for our passengers and securing jobs locally in Wales.”
Even after the acquisition Pullman will operate as a stand-alone business as Pullman Rail Ltd. All services will continue to be delivered under the Pullman brand.
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