On Friday 22nd November, representatives from national public transport authority Transport for Wales (TfW) and KeolisAmey Wales (KAW), which operates as Transport for Wales Rail Services, will host a delegation of Franco-British Young Leaders in Cardiff. The ten Franco-British Young Leaders (FBYL) attending will hear from TfW Chairman Scott Waddington about the ambition to create a rail network to make Wales proud and from Keolis representatives, including UK Chairman Sir Derek Jones about the determination of everyone involved to introduce tangible and lasting improvements for passengers using the network.
The delegation will also visit Cardiff’s central station and the Canton train depot to better understand the day-to-day progress and challenges involved in enhancing stations, rolling stock and customer services. The FBYL visit takes places in the same week as Keolis’ international Rail Mass Transit seminar, which was also held in the Welsh capital. Cardiff will also shortly become home to Keolis’ UK headquarters.
Keolis Group, which develops and operates some of the world’s busiest and most advanced transportation networks in 15 countries, is proud to host delegations from around the world that want to find out more about Transport for Wales and KeolisAmey Wales’ far-reaching vision and strategy for transforming shared mobility across the country.
KeolisAmey Wales – a joint venture with infrastructure support services provider Amey – was awarded a 15-year contract to operate and maintain the 1,623km Wales and the Borders network by Transport for Wales in 2018. The contract features a £5 billion investment programme to modernise and transform the Welsh rail system in partnership with TfW. The first year of operations since the contract launch has seen the introduction of new services, fares and technology, increased train capacity, refurbished and modernised stations and the creation of 120 new jobs ranging from engineering and design roles to customer service and cleaning positions.
Franco-British Young Leaders programme
Supported by both governments and funded by public and private partners in both countries, the Franco-British Young Leaders programme was launched in 2017 with the goal of deepening understanding and collaboration between France and the UK and create lasting bilateral dialogue across all sectors of our societies. Each year, the Council selects a group of young talented French and British individuals under 40, with distinguished careers across a variety of sectors from sciences to arts, politics, education, journalism, the military and finance. The FBYL programme offers participants opportunities to understand a variety of issues shaping societies and economies on both sides of the Channel and encourages them to bring their own experiences, ideas and leadership qualities to the Franco-British relations. For more information: https://francobritish.org/en/programmes/young-leaders/