The firm that runs most of Wales' rail network has pulled out of the contest to continue running it from 2018. Arriva has said Arriva Trains Wales was 'no longer participating in the Wales and Borders competition', adding it had 'not been an easy decision'. Transport for Wales said it was 'not uncommon' for bidders for major projects to withdraw. The Tories said Arriva's withdrawal 'raises questions' about government engagement with the process. An Arriva-owned company has run the franchise since 2003. There are three remaining bidders - Abellio, KeolisAmey and MTR. Responsibility for the process of finding a company to run the services is set to be devolved from 2018.
The firm drops out of the race to continue running the Wales and Borders franchise it won in 2003.