The major contract awarded by Wales & Borders Rail Services involves the delivery of 36 three-car CITYLINK tram-trains and 35 Fast Light Intercity and Regional Trains (FLIRT), according to a press release from Stadler. However, it did not contain any concrete figures on the value of the contract. Ralf Warwel, Sales Director UK at Stadler, comments in the press release: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to deliver 71 trains for Wales & Borders. This will serve to further strengthen Stadler’s presence in the UK.” This major contract for Wales is already the seventh that Stadler, the Thurgau-based manufacturers of rolling stock vehicles, has managed to secure in the UK.
The CITYLINK tram-trains ordered by Wales & Borders Rail Services will be powered by 25 kilovolts AC in addition to battery power. Just under one third of the FLIRT trains ordered will operate on a diesel-electric basis, while a further 24 trains will be battery-powered. These trains are to be used for the non-electrified stretch of track situated to the south of Cardiff. Kevin Thomas, CEO at Transport for Wales Rail Service, states in the press release: “It is exciting that trams are to return to Cardiff after an absence of more than 70 years. The new trimodal Stadler trains will provide an efficient and cost-effective form of electric and battery-powered transport.”