The ODP Transport for Wales grant agreement sets out the commitments made by the ODP for the provision of new Treforest Estate and Gabalfa stations until 31 October 2025 and 31 March 2027 respectively, using the agreement`s appropriations. It also provides a commitment to issue a minimum amount for other assets in the absence of a building permit. The agreement does not specify delivery dates for Crwys Road, Loudon Square and Flourish stations, but indicates a target date for March 31, 2024 in order to obtain safe station approval for each station, indicating that all three will be built by then. Discussions between KeolisAmey and Transport for Wales on the nature of ongoing relations with suppliers are continuing, with the six-month agreement due to expire next month. “So the franchise and grant agreements [the Welsh government provides a public subsidy to support the franchise], in which we are, probably won`t work in the future. So we have to find a new mechanism. Wales is slightly different from the average franchise because it is a large investment program and a long term, so there is the operating contract, the transformation project and there is also the asset management of the Central Valley Line. Regarding the contract contract for the franchise agreement, Gordon said, “We don`t see an option where we go. In Wales, as in England and Scotland, there is an agreement of the EMA (emergency agreement).
Ken Skates, then Secretary of the Cabinet of Economy and Infrastructure, wrote to all members of the Assembly (PDF, 444KB) in June 2017: “CAF and Stadler always encourage us to get things on the right track, but of course we will have to manage this in the way things will unfold over the next six months to a year. – because we do not know where they are in the different countries to build these new fleets. Station proposals can be developed by other means. For example, the Cardiff Parkway station project, with support from the Welsh Government, will be largely funded by the private sector. In addition, the Minister of Wales recently commissioned a scoping study on a possible West Wales Parkway station, although media reports say he is “in principle” obliged to deliver it, the funding mechanism remains unclear. In Wales, the Welsh Government has invested 60 million pounds in the Welsh franchise and borders. It was an unfortunate start for KeolisAmey to inherit an aging diesel fleet in a much worse state than expected, with storms that put many of them out of harm`s way in the franchise`s first weeks in October 2018.