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Wales and Borders rail franchise list announced

13 October 2016

TSSA's Manuel Cortes criticises bidders shortlist.

Responding to the news, that Transport for Wales has confirmed Abeilio Rail Cymru, Arriva Rail Wales, KeolisAmey and MTR Corporation (Cymru) Ltd as its preferred bidders to build South Wales Metro and run the next Wales and Borders rail franchise, TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes said:

"This preferred bidder list shows how immoral the economics of British railways has become. Wales should not be maintained as another nation's rail colony. Abeilio is the front organisation of the Dutch state owned rail company, Arriva is owned by the German State owned real company Deutsche Bahn, Keolis belongs to the French state owned rail service SNCF and, MTR is Hong Kong based rail company. All these companies want to come here to harvest the profits to be made in Wales but repatriate them for reinvestment them their own nations. Profits made in Wales should be reinvested to reduce fares In Wales and modernising and expanding the rail service in Wales not Berlin, Hong Kong, Paris or Amsterdam."

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