New company to run trains through Ludlow and Wales from October on £5bn contract (updated)

Update 17 June 2018

I asked KeolisAmey for some details of the trains to run through Ludlow. Here is the response:

1)            What model of trains will you be running on the line from Cardiff through Ludlow to Shrewsbury and further north? How will these be powered?

We will run brand new CAF Civity Diesel Multiple Units, built in Newport. They will feature state of the art passenger provisions, with reduced noise compared to the trains they are replacing.

2)            What is the planned date for the introduction of this model of train?

These new trains will be introduced between July 2021 and May 2022, replacing existing trains and providing additional services such as direct services to Liverpool. Continue reading “New company to run trains through Ludlow and Wales from October on £5bn contract (updated)”

Arriva Train Wales has no service through Ludlow today Sunday but is promising a full service tomorrow

Updated: 17:50pm Sunday. This post will not now be updated as the disruption appears to be over.

In the last few minutes the company has said: “A normal service will operate between Cardiff and Shrewsbury/Manchester.”

See also: Cardiff-Chester rail services resume after defect repaired.

Check before you travel. You can check the latest information at https://www.journeycheck.com/arrivatrainswales/. For real time information on arrivals and departures from Ludlow, and cancellations, the best site is live departure boards.

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Live updates on snow disruption in Ludlow, Saturday 3 March

Updated at 14.30pm. I’ll be back in the morning with an update on the trains.

We had a couple of inches of extra snow in Ludlow overnight. Many side roads are still snowed up.

Main roads are looking good for careful drivers. Many side roads need to wait for the thaw which has begun.

Below are the updates on buses, trains and services in Ludlow.

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No trains for a third day through Ludlow – no news on when they will resume

Arriva Train Wales has cancelled all trains between Manchester and Cardiff for Friday. There will not be replacement buses.

The advice remains not to travel by rail or road.

Arriva Trains Wales is running a limited service on the following lines only: Shrewsbury to Crewe; Crewe to Chester; Chester to Holyhead; and Wrexham to Bidston.

There is no news from the rail companies on when services will resume.

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Performance of Ludlow’s train service company, Arriva Wales, takes a nosedive

A survey released this morning by Passenger Focus, the independent transport user watchdog, shows the performance of Arriva Wales has declined markedly in the past year. Arriva Wales is the only train service through Ludlow and many of us rely on it.

The watchdog’s data record changes in satisfaction of users of the train service between Spring 2015 to Spring 2016. Nearly a thousand Arriva Wales customers were surveyed. They said their satisfaction:

  • Overall, is down by 7%
  • Punctuality and reliability, down by 10%
  • Stations, down 2%
  • The way the company deals with delays, down 7%.

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