Commuters have announced that they plan to celebrate the end of Arriva Trains Wales` rail franchise on Saturday. In September 2003, the routes between Birmingham New Street, Crewe and Manchester Piccadilly and Llandudno and Holyhead, as well as those between Bidston and Wrexham Central and Llandudno and Blaenau Ffestiniog, operated by First North Western, were transferred to the Wales & Borders franchise.   “People have to keep in mind, if they complain about not having enough seats, that if you want to have more trains, you have to get permission from the government to order and use them. As part of the initial agreement, Keolis and Amey will continue to be responsible for the infrastructure of Core Valley Lines, where the South Wales Metro extension will take place. In addition, Keolis and Amey will continue to support and cooperate with the nationalised operator to make improvements to the franchise`s services, such as rolling stock and ticketing services.   All staff, rolling stock and services operated by KeolisAmey Wales will be taken over by the nationalised operator on 7 February 2021. In March 2000, shadow Strategic Rail Authority announced its intention to create a separate Wales and Borders franchise.   In October 2001, the Valley Lines and Wales & West franchises were restructured to Wales & Borders and Wessex Trains, with the former taking responsibility for most services in Wales, including Central Trains` Cambrian Line services. All franchises were operated by National Express.  The franchise agreement of 18 October 2003 between: the Franco-Spanish joint venture KeolisAmey promises to finally replace all trains for a price of GBP 800 million. The Wales & Borders franchise is a rail franchise for passenger transport in the United Kingdom, currently operated by Keolis and Amey since 14 October 2018 under the Transport for Wales brand. The franchise covers the majority of rail services in Wales, with some services in neighbouring English regions and counties, including the North West of England, the West Midlands and Gloucestershire. We used the results of our research and responses to the consultation in discussions with Transport for Wales and the franchises. We also prepared expert reports on bidders` proposals regarding the passenger experience to help with the scraping of each bid. The Wales and Borders franchise covers all local and regional rail services within Wales, connections between Cardiff and Hereford, Shrewsbury and Manchester, as well as those from Wales to Birmingham, north-west England and the West Country. The new voting rights also include the operation of all stations in Wales and those mainly served by the new franchise in border countries, including Chester, Shrewsbury and Hereford. The new rail operators in Wales and Borders have taken over the operation of the franchise. . . .