Four companies shortlisted for Wales and borders rail franchise

Arriva Trains Wales is one of the four shortlisted. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Four bidders have been shortlisted for rail services on the new Wales and Borders franchise, including the operator which has run it for the past decade.

Arriva Trains Wales has been named as one of the four pre-qualified preferred bidders, along with Abellio Rail Cymru, KeolisAmey and MTR Corporation.

The Welsh Government said it was aiming to deliver a new, not-for-profit rail model, similar to the one run by Transport for London.

The final contract will be awarded in early 2018.