Transport for Wales (TfW) has signed a deal with Colas Rail UK to purchase Pullman Rail Limited.
TfW, the not-for-profit organisation established by Welsh Government to drive forward its integrated transport network vision has been conducting a national review of its depots and stabling options (where trains are kept while not in service). This includes its largest depot in Cardiff, where the vast majority of TfW’s trains are serviced, cleaned and maintained.
Pullman, providers of specialist engineering services for rail vehicles in the UK, also operate from this depot in Canton.
The acquisition will enable both TfW and Pullman to build on an already-close working partnership, with further investment delivering even better results for TfW and Pullman’s customers and clients.
Bolstered by the purchase of Pullman, Canton depot will have the required capacity and resilience to support the introduction of TfWs flagship Metro scheme alongside new rolling stock for the Wales and Borders network.
TfW CEO James Price says: “High performing and enterprising, Pullman reflect many of TfW’s own values. Pullman has been operating in the UK for more than 25 years, delivering high quality products and services. This technical expertise, quality workmanship and innovation are integral to the UK rail industry, ensuring legacy fleet can be maintained.
“TfW are proud to be aligned with this strong heritage and of the opportunities this partnership will present for the growth of both organisations in the future, in improving rail services for our passengers and securing jobs locally in Wales.”
Pullman will continue to operate as a stand-alone business as Pullman Rail Ltd. Activity will remain business as usual with existing services continuing to be delivered under the Pullman brand.