Ken Skates, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure
Arriva Rail Wales have notified Transport for Wales that they intend to withdraw from the bidding process for the next Wales and Borders rail franchise. It is not uncommon for bidders for major projects to withdraw during the tender process and Arriva has been clear they have done this for their own commercial reasons.
The Transport for Wales team managing the procurement on our behalf report that the other bidders remain fully engaged in the process.
The procurement process is a tough and demanding one and we recognise Arriva’s extensive work to date. We would like to thank the company for their support and positive attitude since the procurement started and we will continue to work closely with the company to ensure that existing staff and customers are central to our transition planning over the next 12 months.
With final tenders due later this year, we have three companies with world-class credentials each putting their own, distinct cases for how they will deliver the ambitious objectives we set, with the goal of delivering a step change in rail services for passengers across Wales and the Borders.