In 2014 the Welsh and UK Governments agreed that the Welsh Government would be given the responsibility to decide who should provide the majority of rail services in Wales. Negotiations between the Welsh Government and bidders are underway to award a contract for rail services, currently operated by Arriva Trains Wales, and also to deliver South Wales Metro infrastructure. The rail franchise will begin in 2018.

The contract will be worth an estimated £3.5 billion over its lifetime, alongside a £734 million investment in Metro Phase 2 (i.e. Valleys lines modernisation/electrification).

We, the National Assembly for Wales' Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee, will be scrutinising the Welsh Government’s plans for the next rail franchise by holding an inquiry. We want you to tell us what your priorities are for rail services. We will use your contributions as we take evidence and make recommendations to feed into the Welsh Government's negotiations. We want to ensure that the new contract for rail services takes the needs of passengers into account, and that the contract provides value for money for passengers and the taxpayer.

You can follow the work of the Committee or respond to our formal consultation on the rail franchise and Metro delivery by visiting or follow us on Twitter @SeneddEIS.

Since it will be the Welsh Government, rather than our Committee or the National Assembly for Wales, which actually takes the decision on priorities for the next rail franchise and Metro and awards the contract, you may also wish to tell the Government what you think. The Welsh Government will soon be consulting on plans for the franchise and Metro and you can find further information, including how to respond to that consultation, on its website.

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