This scheme lists the information that Transport for Wales (TfW) makes available and provides details of how it can be accessed.
The guide to the Model Publication Scheme commits us to making certain information routinely available to the public. It also gives details of where charges may apply for providing the information.
Requesting paper copies
Paper copies of the information available on our website are available free of charge, provided the total copies don’t exceed 200 pages. Where paper copies exceed 200 pages for a single request or group of related requests, we may charge 5 pence per page, and postage in accordance with the Freedom of Information (FOI) charging regulations. We will advise you of any charges in advance of supplying the information.
Telephone: 029 2167 3434 (ask for the Freedom of Information Officer).
Freedom of Information Officer
Transport for Wales
South Gate House
We welcome telephone calls in Welsh and English. You can also write to us in either Welsh or English and we will respond in the language you have used. Corresponding in Welsh will not lead to a delay.
- TfW hold the copyright for information contained within the publication scheme.
- All material available through our website may be downloaded, copied or reproduced free of charge in any format or medium without requiring specific permission. This is subject to the material being reproduced accurately and not being used in a derogatory manner or in a misleading context. Where the material is being published or issued to others, the sources and copyright status should be acknowledged.
If you are maintaining or developing a website, you do not have to ask permission to link directly to information hosted on our website. However, you must not link to information in a way that falsely implies or misrepresents:
- a relationship with our organisation;
- an endorsement by our organisation, or
- our organisation’s content as being published by anyone other than us.
1. Who we are and what we do
TfW is a not for profit company, wholly owned by the Welsh Government. TfW is the Welsh Government’s expert adviser and advocate for transport related matters. We provide technical advice to allow the Welsh Government to develop policy. Everything we do is discharged within the Welsh Government’s policy framework. TfW does not set policy, nor do we exercise any statutory functions ourselves.
Our purpose is to Keep Wales Moving safely by delivering customer focused services, expert advice and infrastructure investment.
TfW is fully accountable to the Welsh Ministers. The First Minister has allocated primary responsibility for the oversight of TfW to the Minister for Economy and Transport.
TfW’s activities are overseen by the Transport for Wales Board (the Board). The Board comprises both non-executive and executive directors. The Chair of TfW is accountable to the Minister for Economy and Transport.
The Board has five sub-committees which advise the Board on Approvals; Audit and Risk; Health, Safety and Wellbeing; Customer and Communications; and People. Each sub-committee is chaired by a non-executive director.
- provide effective leadership; defining and developing strategic direction and setting challenging objectives;
- ensure strategies are developed for meeting TfW’s objectives in accordance with the policies and priorities established by TfW in conjunction with the Welsh Ministers, the Minister for Economy and Transport and other relevant stakeholders, for example employees, customers and funding providers;
- ensure that the Minister and TfW Sponsor Team are kept fully informed of any changes that are likely to impact on the strategic direction of TfW or on the attainability of its targets, and of steps needed to deal with such changes;
- promote high standards of public finance, upholding the principles of regularity, propriety and value for money;
- ensure TfW’s activities are conducted efficiently and effectively;
- ensure TfW’s banking arrangements are adequate for its purposes;
- monitor performance to ensure TfW meets its aims, objectives and performance targets;
- through the work of the TfW, make senior executive and non-executive appointments to the TfW Board, including the Chief Executive Officer, but in all cases only with the prior confirmation of the Director General (ESNR) or other nominated Welsh Government Official;
- ensure TfW considers equality of opportunity when approving policies and making decisions; and
- ensure effective arrangements are in place to provide assurance on risk management, including information security, governance, internal audit, external audit and internal control in accordance with applicable statutory and regulatory requirements and, where relevant, Codes of Practice or guidance applicable to financial services companies.
TfW will operate in accordance with the Companies Act 2006, and any UK company law as applicable.
Transport for Wales works closely with various stakeholders.
We work particularly closely with KeolisAmey Operations, trading as Transport for Wales Rail Services, the Train Operating Company running the Wales and Borders franchise.
Amongst others, we also work closely with:
- Network Rail
- Office for Road and Rail
- Department for Transport
- Local Authorities affected by our operations
1.5 Locations and contact details
Our office locations and main contact numbers are available within the contact us section.
2. What we spend and how we spend it
Annual reports and accounts, budgets (estimates of income and expenditure) and our business plan are on our website under ‘Performance and Impact’.
2.2 Allowances and expenses
Details of the expenses of senior management and Board Member expenses will be published within our ‘Hospitality and expenses’ section.
2.3 Procurement and tendering procedures
Information about our procurement sourcing and procurement is on our website.
3. Our priorities are and how we are doing
3.2 Annual reports
Our annual reports and accounts, including the external auditor's reports can be found on our website.
4. How we make decisions
The Chief Executive, who in turn, has delegated some of his authority to:
- Individual directors, who make individual decisions and use their authority within the scope of their roles.
- Senior Management Team (SMT) is the forum that the Chief Executive uses to discuss, monitor and make decisions with the directors collectively and ensure a consistent approach on significant management and policy matters. In addition, SMT ensures oversight of delivery of the corporate strategy/business plan, corporate governance, and value for money. It approves draft Board reports, makes key cross-directorate policy decisions, provides policy steer and monitors and reviews corporate information such as the accounts.
Our website contains minutes of all Board meetings.
Full details of any public consultations will appear on our website
5. Policies and procedures
6. Lists and registers
6.2 Disclosure log
Our disclosure log sets out responses we have given to FOI requests.
6.3 Hospitality given and received by senior staff
We publish details of hospitality given and received by Transport for Wales staff. You can access this information in our hospitality and expenses section.
6.4 Register of interests
Our website contains a Register of Interests for TfW Board members.
7. The services we offer
- News and information on events is available on our website.
- Information about our projects and changes we are making for rail passengers in Wales.
- Information about TfW Rail Services and Customer Relations